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Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits in Eligible Areas for Capacity Building Activities


Geographic Focus

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

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Community Impact Grant

Oshkosh Area Community Foundation (OACF)

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #178535

Grant Description

Grants and in-kind assistance to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations for capacity building activities. Funding is intended to expand the capacity of successful applicants in order to provide services more efficiently. Eligible applicants are those that serve the residents of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County, or the city of Ripon.

Based on input from this summer’s Nonprofit Needs Assessment Survey and virtual Town Hall Meetings, the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation will continue to focus on Nonprofit Resilience with opportunities designed to help organizations build the capacity required to adapt to a changing ecosystem and maximize their ability to achieve their missions. 

Applicants may select one of the following priority areas:

Fundraising – Support to achieve your fundraising goals by efficiently using your time and existing resources, including board members and other volunteers. Organizations can apply to have two individuals (staff and/or board members) build skills by participating in the No More Duct Tape Fundraising School, which includes personalized coaching. 

Digital Marketing – Support from digital marketing experts retained by the Community Foundation to employ online marketing tactics to amplify your mission, encourage donations, attract volunteers, and help your organization grow. Organizations can apply to receive a brand audit and recommendations to help identify and prioritize opportunities for improvement along with up to 80 hours of service provision.

Leadership Development – Nonprofits located in the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation service area can now apply to be part of the 2023-24 cohort of the Nonprofit Leadership Institute offered by the Nonprofit Leadership Initiative. This year-long series of seminars led by content experts provides education on leadership, management, and governance topics critical to nonprofit effectiveness. This program is designed for new or seasoned executive directors, or senior leaders within nonprofits with at least one paid staff person and an annual budget of $250,000 or more.

Small Capital and Programming Needs – Still under development. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations serving residents of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County, and/or the City of Ripon are eligible.


What the Foundation does not fund:
- Expenses incurred before the grant award
- Annual fund drives, fundraising events or endowment-building campaigns
- Debt reduction or retirement
- Religious organizations for sacramental or theological purposes
- Political or lobbying activities

Pre-Application Information:

Select one grant opportunity to apply to:
- Fundraising – Learn more and apply by December 15, 2022.
- Digital Marketing – Learn more and apply by December 15, 2022.
- Leadership Development – Learn more and apply by January 27, 2023.
- Small Capital and Programming Needs – More details to come in early 2023.

Contact Information:

Fundraising Application:

Digital Marketing Application:

Leadership Development Application:

Amy Putzer, Director of Programs

Oshkosh Area Community Foundation
230 Ohio Street, Suite 100
Oshkosh, WI 54902

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