Regional grant initiative to award $300,000 - August 30 2011

OSHKOSH, WI -- Three community foundations in Northeast Wisconsin are launching a special one-time joint initiative to address the needs of low-income elderly residents in the region.

The Basic Needs Giving Partnership through the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation are accepting proposals for projects that address the isolation issues that these elderly residents often face.

The selected program or service will receive a grant award of up to $300,000.

Initial applications are due by noon Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011. The grant award will be announced by Dec. 31, 2011.

A Q&A session for interested applicants will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, in the lower level meeting room of M&I Bank, 221 W. College Ave., Appleton. Interested agencies and their collaborative partners are encouraged to attend.

To read and download the request for proposals and the application form, go to the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs grants page on this website.

To receive the forms by email or U.S. mail, or for further information, please call Program Director Cheryl Fowler at 920-426-3993 or email her at Cheryl@OshkoshAreaCF.org.

Proposed programs and services must be collaborative and serve residents in all three geographic regions of the partner Community Foundations, and go beyond the typical avenues that the needs of isolated low-income elderly have been addressed in the past.

Isolation often results in inaccessibility to health care, educational opportunities and transportation to appointments. The Basic Needs Giving Partnership has targeted this need because of the increasing elderly population in urban and rural areas of the Fox Valley Region.

The Basic Needs Giving Partnership was established in 2007 to address the root causes of poverty in the region. The partnership brings together charitable resources from the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs within the three Community Foundations, the J. J. Keller Foundation and other partner donors.

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization created by and for the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive.


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