Category: Grant Stories

Broadband Study Critical to the Health of Our Region

Posted on Oct 6, 2021 by

Jason Breaker knew that there were some internet connection gaps in his rural community of Markesan, WI, but after the Covid-19 pandemic closed schools and businesses, he realized internet access was severely limited.  As the Elementary Principal and District Administrator for the Markesan Public School District, Breaker discovered that many students were unable to attend school virtually.

Showing Pride: Winneconne Welcome Signs

When entering a town, welcome signs are usually the first thing visitors see. Through careful deliberation, Winneconne’s Beautification Committee recently picked a new sign that incorporates the town’s new bridge design, features simple and elegant colors, and is maintenance free. A $1,500 Community Impact grant from the Winneconne Area Community Foundation, an affiliate of the […]

Achieving Equity: Vaccination Rates

COVID-19 vaccine distribution is picking up speed in many places. With a plentiful supply of vaccine, there will be more urgency to persuade those reluctant to accept it. In September 2020, 49% of Americans told the Pew research group they probably or definitely wouldn’t take the vaccine. By February, that number had fallen to 30%. […]

Building Community: Rock the Block

Posted on Jun 7, 2021 by

Rock the Block will roll into the River East neighborhood in Oshkosh this summer with its volunteer-powered home repair program. Launched locally in 2019 by Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh in partnership with Oshkosh Health Neighborhoods and the City of Oshkosh, the Rock the Block program creates a sense of neighborhood.

Strengthening Nonprofit Effectiveness

Posted on Jun 7, 2021 by

The Community Foundation spent a lot of time during the last year talking to our nonprofit partners and learning about their challenges, innovations, and outright determination in weathering the pandemic. Two frequently recurring words dominated these conversations: technology and fundraising.

Supporting the New Norm of Virtual Learning

For the unforeseeable future, students in the Oshkosh Area School District will conduct their learning virtually. In response, the Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh and the Oshkosh Community YMCA have created learning pods at their locations, allowing more than 300 students access to computers, while learning and playing at a safe distance from each […]

COVID Relief Fund Supports Basic Needs in Green Lake

ADVOCAP, a nonprofit organization creating opportunities for people and communities to reduce poverty and increase self-sufficiency, has faced many challenges due to COVID. Their work revolves around one-on-one support for people interested in finding affordable housing, accessing education and job opportunities, and seeking emergency financial assistance. Like others, ADVOCAP has changed their approach to engaging […]

The Show Must Go On!

For over 130 years, the talents of local and nationally recognized performers have graced the stage of The Grand Oshkosh as hundreds gathered in the audience to watch. The laughter and joyful cheers from the audience were silenced when The Grand closed their doors during the COVID-19 pandemic. For six months, the chairs in the […]