The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation’s grants program funds measurable strategies to make a positive impact on the quality of life and create a better future for residents in our community.
Funding Focus Areas
All innovative ideas that meet emerging needs or opportunities will be considered, including these are focus areas:
- Arts and Culture: To infuse artistic and cultural opportunities throughout our community through creative expression. These may include historical, multicultural, visual, literary, theatrical, and musical.
- Basic Needs: To address needs found at the root causes of poverty. While typically defined as food, clothing and shelter, these programs and services seek to lift individuals and families up to prevent generational poverty.
- Education: To improve knowledge, train, instruct, and enhance skills to ensure individuals receive educational opportunities that better the course of their lives and careers. Especially programs addressing outcomes related to Achieve Brown County
- Environment and Conservation: To protect, preserve, manage and provide access to or improve resources for the benefit of the natural environment, wildlife and humans.
- Health and Wellness: To benefit the general condition of a person's mind, body and spirit to help individuals be free from illness, injury or pain. This includes preventive, mental/behavioral, addiction and dental health programs ranging from early childhood to seniors.
- Human Services: To assist individuals, groups and communities such as the poor, sick, elderly, children or youth, to transition to more self-sustainable lifestyle.
- Older adults: To help older adults remain safe, engaged and supported through programs that provide care and support independence.
- Public Benefit and Community Improvement: To provide for the good of our community at large and empower individuals or groups of people with the skills they need to effect change.
- Youth Development: To promote, encourage and provide access to broad-based youth development, especially among underprivileged youth.
All applicants must meet the following:
- Be a non-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) designation by the Internal Revenue Service or a governmental body, such as a school or municipality
- Directly serve the people of the greater Green Bay area, with primary emphasis on those residing in Brown, Kewaunee and Oconto counties
- Conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual preference, age, marital status, disability or national origin
Types of Grants
- Program or project support
- Equipment related directly to projects
- Technology, equipment improvements, and staff or board training and planning that enhance organizational capacity or develop greater organizational efficiency
- Operational needs as a result of the COVID-19 emergency
- Other priorities as determined by the Grants Committee
Projects will be evaluated on the following criteria, with bolded criteria given particular consideration. Strong programs will:
- Create impact in at least one current priority area
- Articulate a well-defined need with clearly defined actions to meet the need
- Build organizational capacity and lead the program to become self-sufficient
- Use collaboration to leverage impact
- Be feasible and likely to succeed
- Have a reasonable level of risk
- Propose an accurate, appropriate and reasonable budget
- Attract additional funding and leverage resources
- Clearly define meaningful and measurable project outcomes and methods to report actual outcomes
- Have a long-term impact, especially relative to cost
- Have a positive standing with the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation regarding previously received grants, including the complete and timely submission of final reports
What We Do Not Fund
The Funds for Greater Green Bay does not support the following:
- Ongoing operations of single organizations (*Applications for operational support are currently being accepted in response to the COVID-19 emergency)
- Annual appeals, capital campaigns or other fundraising activities or events
- Religious activities or programs that serve, or appear to serve, specific religious organizations, groups, denominations, or beliefs
- Debt retirement, debt financing, reduction of an operating deficit or replenishment of resources used to pay for such purposes
- Lobbying or legislative activities
- Capital improvements
- Programming or expenses occurring before the grant is awarded
- Efforts substantially serving people outside of Brown, Kewaunee and Oconto counties
An appropriate request is $3,000-$20,000.
Apply for a Grant
To submit a grant request, apply online. Review the online application questions and requirements, which include this budget form.
The Funds for Greater Green Bay will be disbursed through two application cycles a year. Applications must be received by the Foundation on July 1 and January 11.
Decisions will be announced within 8-10 weeks of the application deadline.
All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Amber Paluch, Vice President of Community Engagement, prior to completing an application.