To support charitable projects and programs that meet residents' basic needs, including food, clothing and shelter.
Geographic scope: Green Lake County Area, including the communities of Green Lake, Markesan, Princeton and Berlin
Range of grantmaking: Grant awards are typically less than $7,500
Grant application deadline: October 24, 2014
Grant decisions: December 2014
Contact: Amy Putzer, or 920-426-3993

A healthy community provides a network of services, including basic social needs. We need to catch people before they fall through the cracks and provide them with tools to strengthen their lives and economic resilience. Failing to meet basic needs not only jeopardizes an individual's quality of life, but also creates more costly and complex problems for our community over time.

The consequences of not providing for basic needs accumulate quickly. Hungry children are absent from school more often than other children, impacting their educational progress. Uninsured individuals and families put off needed healthcare, let prescriptions go unfilled and the results are costly emergencies. Families lacking stable housing often struggle to manage their daily lives. This can trigger a cascade of problems for families that can take months, even years, to recover from.

Grants will fund programs that meet the basic needs, including food, clothing and shelter, of residents in the Green Lake County area. In spring 2014, $82,570 was awarded to nine nonprofit organizations to help people in need throughout the Green Lake County community (read more).

Grants will NOT fund:
  • Individuals
  • Endowment campaigns
  • Capital campaigns
  • Programs promoting religious activities
  • Political or lobbying activities

Grantmaking is supported by funds raised by the annual Tee It Up 4 Basic Needs golf outing and local community donations to the Green Lake Basic Needs Fund.


  1. Submit an online grant application form before the application deadline. All applications MUST be submitted online. The project budget template can be downloaded as a PDF document (project budget) or excel spreadsheet (project budget)
  2. Provide any additional supporting documentation that is requested after your application undergoes an initial review. Documentation might include your 501(c)(3) determination letter, Board of Directors list, organizational income statement or balance sheet, most recent IRS Form 990, etc.

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