Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Basic Needs Giving Partnership (BNGP) Planning Grant

Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits in Brown, Kewaunee, and
Oconto Counties for Collaborative Projects that Address Poverty

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

Greater Green Bay Community Foundation (GGBCF)

Deadline Date:



Request a Grant Writer

Grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 to Wisconsin nonprofits in Brown, Kewaunee, and Oconto Counties for project planning for collaborative partnerships. Funding is intended to address root causes of poverty, support long-term solutions and visions to move people out of poverty, and assist those with limited capacity, such as the low-income elderly or significantly disabled, to maintain a stable and dignified quality of life.

Funding may cover site visits to review best practices, staff hires; planning time; site visits to review models and best practices; and consultants, facilitators, or other outside professional assistance.

Proposals must identify how this project will fit with the at least one impact area of the Basic Needs Giving Partnership, as follows:
- Help children, youth and young adults become healthy and ready to succeed in school and become self-sufficient.
- Strengthen individuals and families to help them learn 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 under-insured residents sustain a higher quality of life by preventing and reducing acute and long-term care crises through innovative and culturally appropriate models promoting the control and prevention of disease and chronic illness.

Grantmaking will support:
- Organizations that demonstrate the potential to expand or deepen their impact or those that are already achieving measurable impact.
- Efforts that involve goal-oriented, flexible partnerships among the non-profit, public, and private sectors.
- Initiatives that take a long-term view of what is required for people to move out of poverty.

Collaborative grants support thoughtful projects and programs undertaken by a collaborative partnership of multiple nonprofit organizations because the scope or complexity of the project will benefit from each organization’s particular expertise or provided services, or will enable more effective and efficient delivery of the program or services than individual organizations working alone or separately. It includes:

- Jointly developing and agreeing upon a set of common goals and direction.
- Sharing the risks and responsibility for obtaining those goals.
- Working together to achieve those goals, using the expertise and resources of each collaborator.
- Jointly developed structure.

Regional Collaborations are defined by joint responsibility of all collaborative partners for development and assessment of any regional effort and are not merely replications of programs in multiple geographic locations. Collaborative efforts are not defined by referrals between agencies, networking, information exchanges, or minor altering of activities.

Proposals will be evaluated on both the strength of the request and the potential of the proposed project. Strong planning projects will:
- Define a need or gap in an impact area of the Basic Needs Giving Partnership or issue identified in the most recent Brown County LIFE Study.
- Clearly articulate a vision that demonstrates depth in thinking and initial research into feasibility.
- Identify suitable, successful models in place in other communities or a new framework for a clearly defined action to meet the need.
- Provide a realistic, initial budget for implementation and continuation of the project.
- Have a feasible but aggressive timeline providing a clear outline for planning, implementation, and follow-through.
- Have board and organizational management support and participation.
- Be collaborative and bring together active public or private partners to address the impact areas and leverage impact through resources or expertise.
- Lead to a project that is concrete and practical and has the potential for well-defined meaningful, measurable impact.
- Be feasible and attractive to donors, foundations, or other community entities and funders for implementation and continuation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177714

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Community Foundation expects requests between $10,000 and $20,000, but any reasonable level will be considered.

Term of Contract:

Planning should last 6 to 12 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofits that serve the residents of Brown, Kewaunee, or Oconto counties may apply.

Funds will support the work of established nonprofit organizations or leadership with a proven record of success in maintaining solid, critical programs. They will also support innovative new organizations and programs collaborating with existing organizations or leadership.

Funds are not meant to support emergency assistance programs.

Grants will not fund planning that is part of an organization’s ongoing activities.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be submitted by February 1, 2019 for evaluation by a team of community volunteers. Invitations to participate in an interview will be offered to select applicants by March 1. Interviews will take place in mid-March, and decisions will be announced in June..

Before applying for a grant, applicants are encouraged to talk to the staff to discuss your ideas. Contact Amber Paluch for a brief conversation about your project.

An organization can be the lead organization in one grant application per year.

Basic Needs Giving Partnership:

For the Foundation's definition of a collaborative project:

Application instructions:

The grants process:

Grant Programs:

Contact Information:

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

Amber Paluch, Vice President of Community Engagement
Phone: (920) 432-0800

Applications may be emailed to:

or mailed to:
Greater Green Bay Community Foundation
320 N. Broadway Street, Suite 260
Green Bay, WI 54303
Phone: (920) 432-0800
Fax: (920) 432-5577

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Wisconsin: Brown, Kewaunee, and Oconto Counties