Women’s Fund Grants


To support women and girls by making resources available for causes of interest to women, fostering among women a sense of empowerment and philanthropy, and increasing awareness throughout the community of the importance of women’s issues.

Geographic scope: Winnebago County (Applicant organization may be located outside of Winnebago County, but the grant must affect women and girls in Winnebago County.)
Range of grantmaking: For the 2021 year we will accept grants at a minimum of $10,000 with a maximum of $25,000. There will be an option for a multi-year grant if the program supports that need.
Grant application deadlines: May 4, 2021
Grant decisions: End of May, 2021
Contact: Karlene Grabner, [email protected] or 920-426-3993


The Women’s Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a partnership of donors, grantees, and volunteers working to advance the status of women of all ages in Winnebago County, Wisconsin. Through grantmaking and fund development, the Women’s Fund strives to create measurable social change in the areas of education, economic self-sufficiency, health and well-being, and safety from abuse and crime. All funds under the Women’s Fund umbrella are administered by the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.

Our goal is to increase the financial resources available for programs specifically targeted to women in our community. Despite the dramatic advancement of women in recent decades, women are still far more likely than men to be homeless, live in poverty, be unemployed or under-employed, face violence, or suffer with inadequate housing and healthcare. We work to increase literacy, prevent violence, promote economic self-sufficiency, improve physical and emotional health, teach leadership and encourage personal growth for women of all ages.

Funding Priorities

Funding Priorities

Priority areas will complement our current parenting initiative; we will look for programs, services, and/or education that strengthens our parent community.

We will also focus specifically on mental health programs for women and mothers at this time.

Safety from abuse and crime

  • Violence against women and children
  • Freedom from fear
  • Prevention
  • Training programs
  • Relationships/dating
  • Recovery

Economic self-sufficiency

  • Support self and family
  • Self-reliance
  • Sustainability
  • Financial literacy
  • Equal access to opportunities
  • Awareness of opportunities
  • Breaking the cycle of poverty

Health and well-being

  • Body image
  • Women’s health
  • Women’s health risks
  • Women’s reproductive rights
  • Maintaining healthy lifestyles


  • Education of our partners and nonprofits
  • Education of our community
  • Education for women and girls

Grant exclusions:

  • Debt reduction or retirement
  • Political or lobbying activities

How To Apply | Access Saved Application

Click here for the Grant Application