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Grants to Dunn County, Wisconsin Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Schools for Arts, Health, Education, Environment, and Heritage

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Dunn County (CFDC)

Deadline Date:

08/01/19 4:00 PM Postmarked or Receipt


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Grants typically ranging from $500 to $5,000 to Dunn County, Wisconsin nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, IHEs, groups, and clubs for programs that meet the needs of local communities. Funding is specifically intended for programs in the areas of health, education, recreation, environment, heritage, arts, culture, humanitarian needs, and other civic initiatives. Preference will be given to applications which have the potential to impact a broad range of Dunn County area residents. Applications with clear objectives and a method for measuring and sharing impact will be given preference.

The Foundation's funds support health-related initiatives that benefit the service area of the Red Cedar Medical Center–Mayo Health System through a variety of initiatives that:
-Enhance the health status of the community
-Promote health education and healthy lifestyle choices for community residents
-Improve community-based health services that include oral, mental, and behavioral health
-Conduct applied health research
-Improve and expand healthcare delivery and integrate prevention efforts
-Address human needs such as food security, housing, and safety
-Improve intervention efforts and increase self-sufficiency of at-risk populations

Program Development or Expansion: Community grant funding can help organizations offer new, innovative programs to better meet the changing needs of the community through projects or activities that:
-Take an imaginative and innovative approach to deepen impact
-Serve a broad and wide range of Dunn County citizens
-Solve critical local problems or address critical local needs
-Can be sustained without continued funding from the Community Foundation
-Encourage collaboration and cooperation among charities and does not duplicate services
-Have measurable impact on the community that can be evaluated and shared

Capacity Building: When used strategically, grant awards can increase an organization’s sustainability so it can better serve the community today and into the future. It is not meant to simply sustain day-to-day activity – it is meant to help an organization reach a new level of operating effectiveness. Capacity building grants are broad and can support various improvement efforts to:
- Form new partnerships or collaborations to improve services or eliminate duplication
- Strengthen governance, leadership or staff expertise
- Refine and improve communications and outreach
- Improve volunteer recruitment, training, and engagement
- Acquire or improve impact measurement tools and evaluation capacity
- Secure equipment/assets that allow the organization to operate more efficiently and effectively

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173442

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

For each grant cycle, an average of 20 applications are submitted, with 12-15 organizations receiving a grant for full or partial funding.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The average grant amount is $2,500 with typical award amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Large, multi-year awards are not typically offered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-Independent nonprofit organizations;
-Charitable organizations classified as 501(c)(3) under the Internal Revenue Code;
-Local units of state or national organizations;
-Groups of individuals or clubs organized to sponsor a charitable project.
-Organizations must serve residents of the Foundation’s service area. Preference will be given to applications which have the potential to impact a broad range of Dunn County area residents.

Grants may also be made to units of government, including Native American tribal governments, for public purposes.

For eligible applicant limitations, see the Guidelines:

The Foundation will not normally make grants to private non-operating foundations.

The Foundation typically does not fund:
-Annual fundraising campaigns
-Routine operating expenses
-Religious or sectarian activities
-Political activities
-Existing obligations or debts/liabilities
-Grants to individuals
-Endowment funds
-Travel for groups such as school classes, clubs or sports teams.

Pre-Application Information:

The Community Foundation awards community grant funding through two competitive granting cycles each year, with deadlines on February 1 and August 1 annually. For consideration at the board meeting your completed application must be received or postmarked by 4:00 PM on the deadline date.

All applicants must submit their final application in both electronic and printed form. To apply for grant funding, submit the application no sooner than 4 weeks prior to the scheduled deadline.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals to both cycles if they so choose. Typically, organizations will be advised of the outcome within 4-6 weeks of the deadline. Grant checks are publicly presented at the Community Foundation’s Spring Annual Meeting for February recipients, and the Fall Evening of Gratitude event for August recipients.

Community Foundation staff is available to answer questions from grant seekers as proposals are being developed. Such consultation will be informal and carry no assurances of suitability for funding. Call the Foundation Office for an appointment.

Grant guidelines:

How to apply:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email a copy of the application to:

Samantha Phillipps, Grants & Services Manager

Mail or hand-deliver three copies to:

Community Foundation of Dunn County
500 Main Street E, #322
Menomonie, WI 54751

(715) 232-8019

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wisconsin: Dunn County