The Fund for Basic Needs is a field of interest fund created to invest in solutions so all people in Northeast Wisconsin are self-sufficient and able to fully participate in the life of the community.
About the fund
How we define a collaboration
A strong proposal will answer yes to the following questions:
o Are you changing the way our community is dealing with poverty?
o Are you changing outcomes for the people who are at risk or in need?
o Are you doing the work collaboratively with other organizations serving the community?
Consideration will be given to program proposals that address the outlined impact areas:
Economic Stability: One component of achieving self-sufficiency is access to specialized education or training in an environment that provides pathways to employment opportunities, the ability to earn a living wage, and the capacity to create and build assets.
Education: Providing every child with a high-quality education is among our most important responsibilities as a community. Educational attainment is an incredibly consequential factor in determining whether children will reach their full potential as healthy, self-sufficient adults.
Health and Wellness: Healthy communities are strong communities. When residents are at their best health they are active community members free from physical and mental illness, chronic disease and injury. They are surrounded by opportunities to exercise, eat healthy and live and play in safe neighborhoods.
Family Support and Social Connectedness: Social connectedness refers to an individual’s engagement in an interactive web of key relationships within a community. We envision a community in which all people are connected to the people, networks, processes and systems they need to live healthy, productive and meaningful lives. Strong formal relationships between organizations and support services can help better ensure that services are delivered and promote a client’s sense of well-being.
Types of Grants Available
Initiatives working to explore or create a program or system change. Grants typically are $10,000-$15,000 for one year.
Initiative support with single or multi-year grant funding is typically up to $300,000 over three years.
o Initiative Grants: Support to help initiate, enhance or expand a specific innovative project or program with clear goals and measured outcomes.
o Research and Advocacy: Grants to nonprofits that conduct nonpartisan studies, engage in public awareness campaigns, and promote collaboration among nonprofit, public, and civic groups around critical community issues.
o Capacity building: Grants that enhance agencies’ abilities to meet shared missions and goals or position an organization to increase an initiative’s scale and ability to meet community needs.
Regional Collaborative Grants
Collaborative planning or implementation projects that serve more than one CF service area.
Greater Green Bay: Feb. 1
Regional initiatives that include Fox Valley or Oshkosh: Feb. 15
Contact Amber Paluch