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Basic Needs Giving Partnership

Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits and Agencies in Fox Valley to
Address the Needs of Individuals with Limited Capacity

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region - US Venture Fund for Basic Needs

Deadline Date:

09/01/18 4:00 PM


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Grants to Wisconsin nonprofits, government agencies, Tribal governments, and faith-based organizations serving Fox Valley to address the basic needs of area residents, including those living in poverty and individuals with limited capacity. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying.

The Basic Needs Giving Partnership was created to:

- Address the root causes of poverty,
- Support long-term visions and solutions to move out of poverty,
- Assist those with limited capacity, including the low-income elderly and significantly disabled, to maintain a stable and dignified quality of life.

Basic Needs Giving Partnership Focus Areas:

- Help at-risk children, youth, and young adults become healthy, ready to succeed in school and self-sufficient.
- Strengthen individuals and families to help them learn how to meet basic needs and build financial self-sufficiency.
- Empower and support individuals affected by aging and dementia, with low or fixed incomes, through services that meet their basic needs and allow them to age with dignity.
- Help uninsured and underinsured residents sustain a higher quality of life by preventing and reducing acute and long-term care crisis through innovative and culturally appropriate models promoting the control and prevention of disease and chronic illness, such as diabetes and mental health challenges.

Grants are offered for:

- Planning by teams of nonprofits exploring how to find a solution to a problem or how to achieve a collaborative project in pursuit of a known solution.
- Project Support to initiate, enhance or expand specific innovative projects or programs consistent with the Giving Partnership’s impact areas.
- Capacity Building to increase a collaboration’s ability to meet community needs or take their project to the scale needed to address the problem.
- Policy Analysis and Advocacy for nonpartisan studies, public awareness campaigns and collaboration among nonprofit, public and civic groups.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174113

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $300,000 for a three-year project, contingent on passing an annual review.

Term of Contract:

Project term may be up to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations eligible to receive grants from the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region are those determined by the IRS to be public charities. This encompasses most charitable, scientific, social service, educational and religious organizations described in § 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1), (a)(2), or (a)(3) of the tax code, and private operating foundations. The Foundation will not normally make grants to private non-operating foundations.

Grants may also be made to units of government (this includes Native American tribal governments) for public purposes.

Organizations that are not public charities may apply through a fiscal sponsor.

Organizations must serve residents of the Foundation’s service area including Outagamie, Calumet, Shawano, Waupaca and/or northern Winnebago counties. Additional eligibility requirements may apply to units of government and schools.

Applicants must be established nonprofit organizations and/or have leadership with a proven record of success in maintaining solid, critical programs supported by established nonprofits or successful leadership. Grants will not support emergency assistance programs.

Not funded:
- Emergency assistance programs
- Ongoing operating support

Grant dollars may not be used to participate or intervene in political campaigns or to support an attempt to influence legislation except to the extent that such activities are permissible under IRS rules for 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.

For eligibility information regarding faith-based organizations, capital requests, and additional ineligible requests, see the grant policies page below.

Pre-Application Information:

Call or email Lynn Peters, Community Engagement Manager prior to beginning the application process.

Deadlines are September 1 and March 1.

Deadline: Spring Cycle – Mar. 1, 4 p.m.; Fall Cycle – Sept. 1., 4 p.m. When the 1st falls on a weekend date, the deadline is the following business day at 4 p.m.

Grant policies:

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Lynn Peters, Community Engagement Manager

Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region
4455 W. Lawrence St.
Appleton, WI 54914

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wisconsin: Outagamie, Calumet, Waupaca, Shawano or Northern Winnebago Counties