Basic Needs/Self-Sufficiency


8/30/2022 transition UPDATE – NEW application details

The Basic Needs Giving Partnership is in the process of transitioning to a single nonprofit organization that will leverage the region’s collective impact, voice, and experience by centralizing and coordinating initiatives and activities including grantmaking to support the people and places advancing equity and economic well-being for everyone in Northeast Wisconsin. The transition will be gradual.

For the remainder of 2022, organizations will continue to work with community foundation staff on new grant applications and existing multi-year grant awards. No changes will be made to the current focus areas or the application process. However, there will changes to the grant application timing and award duration:

  • New grant applications will be due November 1 with funding decisions being made before the end of the year.
  • Grant awards during this application cycle will be limited to one-year in duration.

To address questions that you may have about the transition and what’s next, please register to attend one of the upcoming virtual information sessions on Sept. 22 from 12:00-1:00 pm or Oct. 4 from 9:00-10:00 am and read the latest communication to area nonprofits.


To support the people and places advancing equity and economic well-being for everyone in Northeast Wisconsin.
Geographic scope: Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County, or the city of Ripon
Grant application deadline: November 1, 2022
Grant decisions: End of December
Contact: Amy Putzer, [email protected] or 920-426-3993


Consideration will be given to proposals that address one or more of the following impact areas:

Economic Stability: One component of achieving self-sufficiency is access to specialized education and/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.


2021 Community Report – U.S. Venture Open
Basic Needs Giving Partnership Grant Stories – OACF Blog
2019 Community Report – U.S. Venture Open
2018 Oshkosh Northwestern
Grant Awards – Summer 2018
2017 Oshkosh Northwestern – Rise Up
2017 Oshkosh Northwestern – Readers Cafe
2017 Impact Report – Vocational Learning Center + Rise Up
Grant Awards – Summer 2017
Grant Awards – Summer 2016
2015 Planning Grant – A Community in Search of Affordable Housing
2015 Annual Report – Riverside Alternative Education Program


  1. Identify the Basic Needs Giving Partnership Impact Area that your proposal addresses and preview the grant application questions.
  2. Call Amy Putzer, Director of Programs, at 920-426-3993 to discuss your proposal PRIOR TO starting your grant application.
  3. Submit an online grant application form prior to the application deadline.
  4. Provide any additional supporting documentation that is requested after your application undergoes an initial review.

grant evaluation

Annual progress Report Form for Multi-Year Grant
Final Report Form for Grant of $10K or more
Final Report Form for Planning Grant