Community Impact Grants

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How do you decide who benefits from grant funding during this crisis when so many area nonprofits are in dire need?

‍This is the question that has been keeping me awake at night. The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is seeking your help in answering this difficult question so that we can focus our Community Impact funding where it’s needed the most in the coming months.

Please join me for a virtual town hall meeting to provide your input on how the Foundation can roll out resources equitably and make sure our nonprofits are getting what they need in a timely fashion.

Register for the date and time that works best for you:

Virtual Town Hall for Nonprofit Leaders #1
Tuesday, August 18
1:00-3:00 PM
Virtual Town Hall for Nonprofit Leaders #2
Thursday, August 20
8:30-10:30 AM


To support the growth and development of projects that offer more effective ways of serving people in the community, meet emerging community needs, and/or strengthen non-profit organizations.
Geographic scope: Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County, or the city of Ripon
Range of grantmaking: Grant awards typically range from $1,000 to $20,000 with occasional multi-year awards
Grant application deadline: September 11, 2019, and January 17, 2020
Grant decisions: Mid-November and mid-March
Contact: Amy Putzer, [email protected] or 920-426-3993


As our community grows and changes, so do our civic, social and cultural needs. The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation’s Community Impact Grants are designed to address these ever-changing critical issues and opportunities. Our funding priorities are based on a periodic analysis of local needs, assets, and opportunities for achieving strategic results. Community Impact Grants are paid from funds supported by generous donors who have entrusted us with the responsibility of using their charitable gifts to address emerging community needs, support a particular target population or interest area, or to benefit a specific geographic region.

Based on the Community Foundation’s past experience with grantmaking and community initiatives, we believe the strongest proposals will be those that meet one or more of the following criteria as part of their plan to address an identified community need:

    • Promote Efficiency. Provide for more efficient use of community resources, promote coordination, cooperation and sharing among organizations, and reduce the duplication of services in our community.
    • Foster Innovation. Test or demonstrate new approaches and techniques for solving critical community issues that are based on best practices and evidence-based research.
    • Build Organizational Effectiveness. Strengthen the internal functioning of an organization, expand its services, or form effective administrative partnerships to better meet its mission.
    • Are Rooted in Planning. Articulate the proposal’s connection to the organization’s communications, strategic, programmatic or other plan.
    • Include Plans for Sustainability. Demonstrate how the grant-funded work will continue after the grant period concludes without repeat community impact grant funding.


The Community Impact Grants Program supports programs or projects that directly address community challenges. While we welcome all proposals that meet grant guidelines, priority will be given to those projects that align with the Foundation’s current four strategic impact areas. For each area, we have identified important issues or concerns that we believe our available grant resources can most effectively address.

Educational success: Expand educational opportunities, foster creativity, and enhance academic experiences for youth in our communities. Support programs that ensure long-term success after high school.

Healthy lives: Address gaps in mental health and addiction recovery services, and empower caregivers to support the developmental and emotional needs of infants (age 0-5).

Jobs and economic development: Develop pathways for individuals to secure economic stability and opportunity.

Neighborhoods and housing: Improve neighborhood pride and expand services to transition individuals from emergency housing to permanent housing.

Applicant organizations are asked to provide documented evidence of the community need that any proposed activities will address. A sampling of data sources that might help grant applicants illustrate community need include:


Community Impact Grant Stories – OACF Blog
Grants Awards – Spring 2019
2018 Impact Report – ArtsCore Studio
2018 Impact Report – Fox Valley Technical College Wautoma Regional Center
Grant Awards – Fall 2018
Grant Awards – Spring 2018
2017 Impact Report – Neighbor Ed + Family Literacy 
Grant Awards – Fall 2017
Grant Awards – Spring 2016
Grant Awards – Fall 2015
Media Release – Grant Awards – Spring 2015
Media Release – Grant Awards – Fall 2014


  • General operating expenses for an organization’s routine functions and principal programs (on occasion the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation may provide such support on a short-term basis, especially when it is critical to the survival of a key agency or program that has been placed in jeopardy due to changes in funding)
  • Annual fund drives, fundraising events or endowment-building campaigns
  • Debt reduction or retirement
  • Religious organizations for sacramental or theological purposes
  • Political or lobbying activities
  • Full cost of any project


Final Report Form for Grants under $10K
Final Report Form for Grants of $10K or more


  1. Identify the community challenge that your proposal addresses.
  2. Contact Amy Putzer, Director of Programs, at 920-426-3993 to discuss your proposal to ensure that it meets requirements and addresses questions that grants committee members might have based on the nature of the request.
  3. Submit an online grant application form. All applications MUST be submitted online. The project budget template can be downloaded as a PDF document or Excel document
  4. Provide any additional supporting documentation that is requested after your application undergoes an initial review. Documentation might include your 501(c)(3) determination letter, most recent financial audit or IRS form 990, Board of Directors list, organizational income statement or balance sheet, organizational strategic plan, etc.
  5. If your proposal advances, you may be invited to participate in a grant interview with grant committee members.