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Community Impact Grant

Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits in the Oshkosh Area
for Education, Health, and Economic Development

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Oshkosh Area Community Foundation

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to Wisconsin government agencies and nonprofit and faith-based organizations for projects that address community needs in eligible areas. Applicants must contact the Program Director before applying. Entities in Ripon and the counties of Winnebago, Waushara, and Green Lake are eligible.

The Community Impact Grants Program supports programs or projects that directly address community challenges. While all proposals that meet grant guidelines are welcomed, priority will be given to those projects that align with the Foundation's current four strategic impact areas. For each area, there is a list of important issues or concerns that available grant resources can most effectively address.

Educational success: Expand educational opportunities, foster creativity, and enhance academic experiences for youth in our communities.

Healthy lives: Address gaps in mental health and addiction recovery services in addition to empowering caregivers to support the developmental and emotional needs of infants (age 0-5).

Jobs and economic development: Develop pathways for individuals to secure economic stability and opportunity.

Neighborhoods and housing: Improve neighborhood pride and services to transition individuals from emergency housing to permanent housing.

The strongest proposals will be those that meet one or more of the following criteria as part of their plan to address an identified community need:

- Promote Efficiency. Provide for more efficient use of community resources, promote coordination, cooperation and sharing among organizations, and reduce the duplication of services in our community.
- Foster Innovation. Test or demonstrate new approaches and techniques for solving critical community issues that are based on best practices and evidence-based research.
- Build Organizational Effectiveness. Strengthen the internal functioning of an organization, expand its services, or form effective administrative partnerships to better meet its mission.
- Are Rooted in Planning. Articulate the proposal's connection to the organization's communications, strategic, programmatic or other plan.
- Include Plans for Sustainability. Demonstrate how the grant-funded work will continue after the grant period concludes without repeat community impact grant funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178535

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards typically range from $1,000 to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

There are occasional multi-year awards.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To comply with IRS regulations and national standards set by the Council on Foundations, organizations eligible to receive grants from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation 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. Organizations that are not public charities may apply through a fiscal sponsor.

In addition, the Foundation requires that applying organizations work within the service area: Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County, and Ripon, Wisconsin.

Not funded:

- On-going operating expenses for an organization's routine functions and principal programs (on occasion the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation may provide such support on a short-term basis, especially when it is critical to the survival of a key agency or program that has been placed in jeopardy due to changes in funding)
- Annual fund drives, fundraising events or endowment-building campaigns
- Debt reduction or retirement
- Religious organizations for sacramental or theological purposes
- Political or lobbying activities

More on eligibility:

Pre-Application Information:

Contact Amy Putzer, Director of Programs to discuss your proposal to ensure that it meets requirements and addresses questions that grants committee members might have based on the nature of the request.

Grant application deadlines are September 15, 2017, and January 24, 2018, with grant decisions made in November 2017 and March 2018.

If your proposal advances, you may be invited to participate in a grant interview with grant committee members.

Grant recipients are generally notified within 90 days of the application deadline. All applicants will be informed of the committee's decision.


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

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Amy Putzer, Director of Programs

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wisconsin: Winnebago, Waushara, and Green Lake Counties and the City of Ripon