Grants Programs

Basic Needs Giving Partnership

Details About This


The Basic Needs Giving Partnership’s purpose is to address the systemic, root causes of economic inequality by supporting and partnering with leaders, organizations, and regional networks who work to advance shared economic prosperity across Northeast Wisconsin. To this end, the BNGP creatively deploys the collective assets of the Partnership, including its learning and its voice.

The Basic Needs Giving Partnership is in the process of transitioning to a single nonprofit organization by centralizing and coordinating initiatives and activities including grantmaking.

We have worked to streamline and simplify the application process. Please be complete but brief with your responses, and if it is easier to respond to these questions in another format or by sharing an already completed application form from another funder, please feel free to upload documents in the attachment section.

Review the online application questions here.

For more information read the latest communication to area nonprofits.

View a 50-minute presentation on how the partnership will be changing over the next year including adjustments to grantmaking HERE, and the corresponding slide deck HERE.

We will continue to provide updates as we have new information to share.

Please reach out to the Community Impact Team to discuss your request in advance of applying.


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.


  • Initiative Grants: Support to help initiate, enhance or expand a specific innovative project or program with clear goals and measured outcomes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Operational Needs: Grants that support general operating expenses.
  • Planning Work: Initiatives working to explore or create a program or system change.
  • Regional Collaborative Grants: Projects that serve more than one community foundation service area.


Contact our community impact team with questions: Amber Paluch or Kari Olsen.


Sr. Vice President of Community Impact


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