Basic Needs/Self-Sufficiency


9/1/2020 UPDATE – NEW GUIDELINES + application PROCESS

The Basic Needs Giving Partnership (BNGP) is investing an additional $1.275 million dollars in Winnebago, Green Lake and Waushara Counties above and beyond our regular grantmaking budget for 2020-2021.  In response to the pandemic, we realize demand for services is increasing while revenue streams for nonprofits are decreasing.

Here are some priorities we have incorporated into our new and improved process:

  • We are called to engage in advocacy and invest in income inequality and racial equity like never before.
  • We want to stay flexible wherever possible, to allow our partners to take risks and address both urgent needs and long-term systems change.
  • A portion of these grants will provide general operating support or targeted technical assistance to strengthen organizational infrastructure and leadership capacity. Funding will not be restricted to collaborative grants (as the BNGP has required in the past).


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 Basic Needs Giving Partnership creatively deploys the collective assets of the Partnership, including its learning and its voice.
Geographic scope: Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County, or the city of Ripon
Range of grantmaking: Single or multi-year grant funding is available, with multi-year grants typically up to $300,000 over three years
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


Single or multi-year grant funding is available, with multi-year grants typically up to $300,000 over three years. 

  • 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.


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


Proposals will be accepted continuously, and grants will be distributed on a rolling basis to allow for the most flexible response to evolving needs. The grants team will review requests on an ongoing basis with funding decisions to be made within two months of the request submission.

  1. Identify the Basic Needs Giving Partnership Impact Area that your proposal addresses and preview the revised 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.
  4. Provide any additional supporting documentation that is requested after your application undergoes an initial review.
  5. You may be invited to participate in a grant interview with grant committee members.

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