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Chilton Area Community Foundation - Community Fund

Grants to Chilton Area, Wisconsin Nonprofits,
Agencies, and Schools to Benefit Local Communities

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Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region - Chilton Area Community Foundation (CACF)

Deadline Date:

01/31/18 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Chilton Area, Wisconsin nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and IHEs to enhance the quality of life for local residents and address ongoing community needs. Applicants are advised to register in the online grants portal at least two days prior to the deadline. Applications will be considered for projects taking place within the Chilton Area School District.

CACF will support:

-Creative new activities or services: New programs, one-time projects, events, exhibits, studies or surveys.

-Enhancement or strengthening of existing activities: Projects to enhance, expand or strengthen the range, quantity and/or quality of an organization’s programs and services.

-Small capital investments: Items that are directly related to program delivery or service to clients, such as a refrigerator for a food pantry or equipment to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177967

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

The Foundation’s competitive grant programs should not be considered a source of ongoing funding for any project or program.

Multi-year requests: The Foundation recognizes that there are certain circumstances, such as efforts to build organizational capacity, the length of time required to stabilize operations and implement plans for financial sustainability requires support beyond a one-time grant. Therefore, the Foundation will consider multi-year requests within specific grant programs; and will identify any exception within each program’s guidelines.

Repeat funding requests: The Foundation acknowledges that certain recurring events, presentations, performances or educational activities require organizers to build a base of community support before becoming self-sustaining. On occasion, the Foundation may even partner with the community to provide these kinds of activities in fulfillment of its mission and strategic plan. As a result, the Foundation will consider recurring requests for community or charitable educational activities within specific grant programs; refer to each program’s guidelines for these exceptions.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Organizations:

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.

Eligibility for Units of Government (city, county, township, etc.):

The Foundation will consider funding for units of government when the request for support is judged to be an effective means to address a priority issue. A grant from the Foundation may help draw attention to a new issue, leverage additional funding, offer more flexible funds than are typically available in a governmental budget, or provide seed money until program funding can be included in the governmental budget. The Foundation will not typically issue grants for the general operating support of a government program.

Eligibility for 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 community. Requests will only be considered if they are unique and community-oriented, or for pilot programs with potential to be sustainable and replicable. The Foundation typically will not issue grants for the general operating support of a school system, school or school program.

Fiscal Sponsorship:

Generally, organizations eligible to receive grants from the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and its affiliated foundations 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) of the tax code, as well as government agencies. However, the Foundation is aware that some worthwhile organizations may not have this status.

Therefore, organizations that are not public charities may apply if they have an established relationship with a fiscal sponsor that is a qualifying charitable organization under the following circumstances:
-The non-exempt group operates as a not-for-profit and has an oversight committee or advisory board comprised of more than one individual.
-The program or project for which the non-exempt group is seeking funding falls within the charitable purposes of the sponsoring organization/fiscal sponsor, and the two groups have established a relationship prior to applying to the Foundation for funding.
-A signed copy of the Fiscal Sponsorship Acknowledgement Form outlining the responsibilities of the fiscal sponsor must be submitted to the Foundation with the grant application. A resolution of the board of directors of the sponsoring organization/fiscal sponsor will be required to be submitted with this Fiscal Sponsorship Acknowledgement Form. A Board Resolution Template is provided here as a sample though other forms of resolution will be accepted.

Faith-Based Funding:

The Foundation will consider funding for programs, services or initiatives that address unmet human needs through non-sectarian organizations or collective efforts of faith-based organizations that draw support from the community at large to meet a demonstrated community need, and that refrain from promoting a specific journey of faith. Requests will be considered from individual faith-based organizations or organizations with a specific journey of faith as an aspect of its mission only if the program, services or initiatives do not promote that specific journey of faith or include activities such as religious worship, instruction or proselytization. In making its determination for eligibility, the Foundation will consider not only the mission of the applicant but the participant experience and the intended outcome(s) for the program, service or activity, for the target participants and/or audience.

Controversial Grants:

The Foundation will consider whether any potential grant might be controversial, divisive in the community or have potential to alienate donors. When requests of this nature are received, the Foundation will determine if the controversial stance is important enough, if its impact will be profound enough, and/or if it will do enough community good to justify the Foundation staking its credibility and reputation on it. Each request will be considered with great care on a case-by-case basis.


The Foundation seeks to promote respect for all people. The Foundation will not knowingly support organizations whose programs or services are not open to all without discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, pregnancy, veteran status, military obligation, marital status, and any other personal characteristics protected by law. The Foundation recognizes that organizations may identify special needs in the community and target programs or services to a specific population based on those needs, however the programs must be open to all people in those targeted populations to be eligible for grant consideration.

Capital Investments:

In general, the Foundation will not consider grant requests solely related to real estate, bricks and mortar, or other capital expenditures that are not directly related to program delivery, service to clients, or organizational capacity building, given the substantial funding normally associated with such initiatives and the Foundation’s relatively limited resources for unrestricted grantmaking. The Foundation will, however, consider grant requests for capital projects or capital programs, if such initiatives are expected to significantly enhance the quality of life in the service region, and are clearly aligned with the Foundation’s mission, focus areas and priorities. The Foundation will apply established guidelines in assessing capital grant requests on a case-by-case basis, but reserves the right to consider any criteria that it believes is prudent. Grant requests for capital projects or programs may also be considered for funding from Field of Interest funds, unless specifically disallowed by the Foundation, in its sole discretion, or not authorized pursuant to the terms of a specific fund agreement.

Grant applications for small capital items that are directly related to program delivery or service to clients, such as a refrigerator for a food pantry, signage for a nature trail, or new technology will also be considered. Examples of requests that do not fall within consideration as small capital items include: office furniture; health and safety equipment including automatic external defibrillators (AEDs), smoke detectors, or security systems; and playground equipment.

Fundraising Activities:

The Foundation’s grant programs will not support annual fund drives, fund-raising events or endowment-building campaigns.

Medical Research:

The Foundation will not consider requests to support community-based research for the advancement of medicine. However, requests will be considered for programs that provide for the medical, dental and mental health needs of residents of the Fox Valley region.

Previously Incurred Expenses:

The Foundation will consider funding requests only for programs or services that have not yet occurred. Organizations must submit requests with sufficient lead time being mindful of the timing of grant decisions.


The Foundation will not consider requests solely to defray travel or lodging expenses for either individuals or groups. This includes travel to attend conferences, training or competitions, as well as trips for bands, sports teams, classes or similar groups.

Educational Events:

The Foundation’s grant programs will consider supporting speaker costs for community education events when determined to be closely aligned with, or have an immediate impact on, a Foundation priority. Educational events that also serve to raise funds for the organizing agency may be considered but will be given greater scrutiny.

Chilton Area Community Foundation will not fund:
-General operating expenses not related to the proposed project.
-Organizations that don’t serve residents of the Chilton area.
-Organizations or needs not eligible per the grant policies listed above

Pre-Application Information:

You are encouraged to call or email Terry Friederichs; or CACF staff to talk about your request prior to submitting a grant application.

Competitive grants from funds directed by the CACF Board are awarded through an annual application process.

The deadline to apply is January 31 at 4:00 PM. In the event January 31 falls on a weekend, the deadline will be the following Monday at 4:00 PM. Grant decisions are announced at the end of April.

Applicants must be registered on the grant portal to apply. Please keep in mind registration processing may take one to two business days.

Guidelines and Application Process:

Grant Policies and Eligibility Information:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Terry Friederichs
(920) 849-4052

Chilton Area Community Foundation
42 School Street
Chilton, WI 53014


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wisconsin: Chilton Area School District