Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund

Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and Oshkosh Area United Way have launched a collaborative emergency financial response, the Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund.

The Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund has been established to provide flexible financial resources to 501(c)(3) organizations working in the Oshkosh community who are disproportionately impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic consequences of the outbreak. Initial funding has been donated by Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and Oshkosh Area United Way.

Please consider an online donation of $25.00 or more today to help our community prevent financial hardship caused by COVID-19. 100% of the funds raised through the Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund will be used to help those affected throughout our community. OACF and OAUW will cover administrative fees associated with donations to this fund.

Donation Options
  • Online donations can be made through the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation’s safe and secure donation portal. Please click here to make an online donation.. After you hit “submit” you will be taken to Paypal where you can pay by credit/debit card or your PayPal account.
  • Via check written to Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and mailed to:Oshkosh Area Community Foundation
    ATTN: COVID 19 Relief Fund Donation
    230 Ohio Street, Suite 100
    Oshkosh, WI 54902
  • Via check written to Oshkosh Area United Way and mailed to:Oshkosh Area United Way
    ATTN: COVID 19 Relief Fund Donation
    21 W. New York Avenue
    Oshkosh, WI 54901
Frequently Asked Questions
  • I want to donate – can I restrict my funding to a prioritized grantee? To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to those most impacted, we are not considering restricted donations at this time. The collaborative Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund was created to provide a coordinated response to immediate needs in the Oshkosh community.
  • Can I write my check to either organization? Yes. Donation checks may be made out to either Oshkosh Area Community Foundation or the Oshkosh Area United Way. For more information on donating, please see the information above. Funds donated to either entity will be combined into one Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund to be distributed to the community.
  • I am an individual who has been affected by COVID-19. Can this fund help me? We understand many individuals and families have been impacted by the outbreak, with more to be affected. The Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide resources to 501(c)(3) organizations in the Oshkosh area that are directly supporting local, vulnerable residents and families. While the fund is not available to individuals, it will support local nonprofit organizations that are well experienced in providing local service and support. If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing childcare, or other essential services, please call 2-1-1.

Grant Eligibility

The Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund will be limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities within the Oshkosh area, with priority to those within the Oshkosh Area School District. Based upon the charitable structure of the Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund, we are not able to fund businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), and (501)(6) organizations. Aid to individuals will be handled through nonprofit organizations in our region with established processes for determining need.

Granting Approach (updated 4/1/2020)

The Community Foundation and United Way, in consultation and partnership with other community entities, will administer grants from the Fund in phases to help address immediate needs and short-term and longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery.

During Phase One, priority will be given to nonprofits that are providing direct assistance to vulnerable individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. Such assistance may include the provision of food and hygiene supplies, housing, childcare, and/or health services. All grants in phase one will be related to the increased demand due to COVID-19 and the Safer-at-Home Order. The immediate priority is emergency relief and support. We will consider additional requests as the weeks unfold and as funds are available.

Phase One includes proactively identifying potential grant recipients and using input, guidance, and research from organizations and others in the community to make grant decisions. In order to move resources quickly and not further burden nonprofit organizations, there will not be a formal application process for Phase One. Agencies providing immediate basic needs relief are encouraged to complete the COVID-19 Pandemic Survey or Candice Lane at [email protected] to share their needs so they can be considered during the granting process.


COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits
  • The Coronavirus Emergency Loan Guide provides guidance on how to work with your lender to access the $350 billion allocated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help small businesses and nonprofits keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to eligible organizations.
  • NPlace is a free resource helping nonprofits connect with peers, experts, and volunteers to help answer questions across all topics, from human resources to legal to technology.  To help nonprofits navigate the current crisis and connect with each other, they created a group specific to the COVID-19 Response.
  • IT Forward has launched several free resources to help nonprofits answer tech questions and quickly remote-enable their workforce through the crisis.
  • The Nonprofit Quarterly article “How Nonprofits Can Utilize the New Federal Laws Dealing with Covid-19” shares insights about how nonprofits might utilize the new federal legislation relating to coronavirus to advance their missions.

Additional Information

For questions on the COVID-19 Relief Fund, contact Candice Lane at [email protected].

For general COVID-19 questions, call 2-1-1. Direct any immediate questions regarding COVID-19 to the Winnebago County Health Department’s COVID-19 hotline at 920-232-3026.

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