Schreiber Community Grants Program
The Schreiber Community Grants program provides non-profit organizations serving northeast Wisconsin the opportunity to provide information and request funding for a program, project or initiative that aims to improve the quality of life in the region.
If your organization does not work in northeast Wisconsin, but there is a Schreiber facility in your area, please contact your local facility to learn about Schreiber funding opportunities in your community.
Fundraising and event sponsorships are not considered through the Schreiber Community Grants process. A separate process for northeast Wisconsin non-profits is outlined here: Sponsorship Opportunities
Information and Criteria
Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a non-profit organization (exempt from federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and not be classified as a 509(a)(3) supporting organization) or be a governmental body, such as a school or municipality.
- Serve the people of Brown, Calumet, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano or Winnebago counties.
- Conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual preference, age, marital status, disability or national origin.
What areas will the Schreiber Community Grants program fund?
- Health and human services: Improve the physical and emotional well-being of people of all ages. Focus areas include children and families, health and wellness, youth development, basic needs and self-sufficiency.
- Community development: Strengthen the local community through volunteer efforts of the community and civic organizations.
- Education and life long learning: Encourage, enhance and support strong educational systems in the community and life long learning programs and initiatives that enhance the well-being of the community and its economy.
- Cultural and ethnic diversity and inclusion: Encourage an understanding of the importance of diversity in the community in ways that support or create a diverse, healthy community for everyone, regardless of race, class, gender or beliefs.
- Environmental sustainability: Promote a healthy environment in the community by encouraging activities that positively impact the environment.
How much money can I request?
Strong proposals will usually request $1,000 to $100,000.
What criteria do you use to evaluate grant proposals?
Schreiber partner (employee) involvement is recognized but not required.
In general, strong programs will:
- Address a well-defined need with a clearly defined action to meet the need/opportunity.
- Improve the quality of life for the northeast Wisconsin community or its residents.
- Use innovative approaches to address community issues.
- Help the organization become self-sufficient.
- Use partnerships or collaborations with other non-profits or other entities to leverage impact.
- Be feasible and likely to succeed.
- Demonstrate a reasonable level of risk.
- Propose appropriate and reasonable budgetary items.
- Attract additional funding and leverage resources.
- Create well-defined, meaningful and measurable project outcomes and methods to report actual outcomes. (Measurement complexity should be relative to the size of the grant request.)
- Have long-term impact, especially relative to cost.
- Have a positive standing with Schreiber Foods and the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation regarding previously received grants, including the complete and timely submission of required final reports (and mid-term reports where applicable) about measured impact, activities and expenditures within one year of an award.
What types of activities are not typically funded through the competitive granting process?
The Schreiber Community Grants program generally does not fund:
- Annual appeals, sponsorships or other fundraising activities and events. Sponsorship information for northeast Wisconsin non-profits is available here.
- Religious activities or programs that serve or promote, or appear to serve or promote, specific religious organizations, groups, denominations or religious beliefs.
- Debt retirement, deficit financing, reduction of an operating deficit or replenishment of resources used to pay for such purposes.
- Lobbying or legislative activities.
- Programming or expenses occurring before the grant is awarded.
- Efforts substantially serving people outside of Brown, Calumet, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano or Winnebago counties.
The online application process opens two months prior to the deadline. View application questions and document requirements here.
For questions, call 920.432.0800 or email Amber Paluch.