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Community Impact Grants

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Community Foundation of Dunn County

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

02/01/18 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.

Projects which are supported generally fall under one of the following broad categories:

Community Health and Wellbeing
The Community Foundation of Dunn County invests in a spectrum of health programs and projects. 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

Preference will be given to applications which have the potential to impact a broad range of Dunn County area residents. Applications should detail measurable and achievable outcomes and demonstrate other sources of support, collaboration and/or cooperation. Applications should also address the sustainability of the proposed program or project for which funding is desired. Applications with clear objectives and a method for measuring and sharing impact will be given preference.

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.


-Units of Government (city, county, township, etc.): The Foundation does occasionally fund units of government whose proposal extends beyond the traditional governmental functions that impact the broader community or when the request for support is judged to be an effective means to address a priority issue.

-Schools: The Foundation will consider funding for public, charter and private/parochial Pre-K-12 schools and post-secondary educational institutions, when the request for support is judged to be an effective means to address a priority issue, particularly when the issue addresses the needs of a substantial or underserved portion of the population.

-Faith-Based Funding: Requests will be considered from individual faith-based organizations only if the program, services or initiatives do not promote that specific journey of faith or include activities such as religious worship, instruction or preaching.

-Capital Campaigns: Lower priority is given to capital campaigns for which a typical community grant will have minimal impact. Capital campaigns for college campuses or medical centers are low priority unless the project will have a direct impact by hosting community-based programs or providing significant public access to meeting spaces and community services.

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-proposal Conference:

Two Grant Information Sessions are offered each year, one in January and one in July. The Foundation encourages you to discuss your potential program with the Foundation staff prior to the deadline to ensure your questions are answered.

Join Foundation staff on Thursday, January 4th from 10AM-11:30 AM in the Menomonie Public Library Meeting Room to learn the 7 Easy Steps to Writing a Successful Grant. This training is intended for those that are new to grant writing or want to refresh their skills.

Registration is required.

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. Applicants are invited to submit proposals to both cycles if they so choose. The applications should be submitted no sooner than 4 weeks prior to the scheduled deadline. Generally, a decision is made within a month after the submission deadline.

Typically, organizations will be advised of the outcome within 4-6 weeks of the deadline.

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.

Application Instructions:

Contact Information:

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

Register for Grant Training:

Applications may be emailed, mailed, or hand-delivered to:

Samantha Phillipps, Grants & Services Manager

Community Foundation of Dunn County
P.O, Box 498
Menomonie, WI 54751

Foundation Office: 715.232.8019

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wisconsin: Dunn County