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Sustainability Grant

Grants to Door County, Wisconsin Nonprofits and
Agencies for Social and Community Development

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Door County Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/04/18 4:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 to Door County, Wisconsin nonprofits and government agencies for operational support of activities that enhance the local quality of life and provide for the needs of community residents. Funding is intended to support programs that will alleviate social issues and the challenges faced by working families that arise from the area's unique seasonal economy.

Through the application for a Sustainability Grant, a non-profit organization might receive assistance from the Arts Fund, the Children and Youth Fund, the Education Fund, the Green Fund, the Health and Human Needs Fund, and the Historic Preservation Fund.

Examples of Sustainability grants include assistance in paying the salary of a case manager working with troubled teens, buying music stands for a local performing arts group, installing piping to bring water to a community garden, and paying teachers to help with math and reading instruction during the summer.

The following proposal qualities will receive special consideration during the evaluation process:

- Collaborative – brings different organizations together to accomplish a common goal
- Innovative – offers a new or unique approach to addressing an issue
- Sustainable – demonstrates an ability to continue beyond the duration of any grant awarded
- Inclusive – considers the community’s diversity by engaging diverse peoples
- Environmentally Conscious – incorporated practices that are environmentally friendly
- County Issue – addresses an issue that is widely recognized throughout the entire County as a priority

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179914

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no minimum or maximum grant amount, but the Foundation anticipates awarding multiple grants during each cycle typically in the range of $2,500 to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year requests will not be funded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations and units of government may apply.

The following do not qualify for a Sustainability Grant:

- Retiring debt or budget deficits
- Loans or re-granting programs
- Multi-year commitments (charities may reapply in future cycles for the same idea)
- Activities which advance a particular religious belief
- Individuals or groups that are not qualified public charities or units of government

The Foundation generally does not make grants to pay for activities that occur prior to the awarding of a Sustainability Grant.

Fundraising expenses, capital campaigns, and grants to an endowment are generally not supported by Sustainability Grants unless the applicant can articulate special circumstances which make their request particularly important.

Each charity is limited to one application per Sustainability Grant cycle.

Pre-Application Information:

Sustainability Grants are accepted multiple times a year as follows:

-Winter Sustainability Grant Cycle
Applications Due: 1st Thursday of January at 4:00 PM
- Spring Sustainability Grant Cycle
Applications Due: 1st Thursday of April at 4:00 PM
- Summer Sustainability Grant Cycle
Applications Due: 1st Thursday of July at 4:00 PM
- Fall Sustainability Grant Cycle
Applications Due: 1st Thursday of October at 4:00 PM
Potential applicants are welcome to call or email with questions or to receive an informal assessment of their idea prior to the submission of a formal application.

Applicants should receive an email within 3 business days of receipt of their application confirming its receipt.

Applicants will be notified of a decision generally about a month after the application deadline.

Contact Information:

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

Please complete the Community Foundation's Common Grant Application and email to:

For more information, call: (920) 746-1786, or email:

Mailing Address:
Door County Community Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 802
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wisconsin: Door County