Green Lake Basic Needs


To support charitable projects and programs that meet residents’ basic needs, including food, clothing and shelter.
Geographic scope: Green Lake County, including the communities of Green Lake, Markesan, Princeton and Berlin.
Range of grantmaking: Grant awards are typically less than $15,000
Grant application deadline: October 16, 2019
Grant decisions: Mid-December
Contact: Amy Putzer, [email protected] or 920-426-3993


A healthy community provides a network of services, including basic social needs. We need to catch people before they fall through the cracks and provide them with tools to strengthen their lives and economic resilience. Failing to meet basic needs not only jeopardizes an individual’s quality of life, but also creates more costly and complex problems for our community over time.

The consequences of not providing for basic needs accumulate quickly. Hungry children are absent from school more often than other children, impacting their educational progress. Uninsured individuals and families put off needed healthcare, let prescriptions go unfilled and the results are costly emergencies. Families lacking stable housing often struggle to manage their daily lives. This can trigger a cascade of problems for families that can take months, even years, to recover from.

Grants from the Green Lake Basic Needs Fund support programs that meet the basic needs, including food, clothing and shelter, of Green Lake County residents.

Grants will NOT fund:

  • Individuals
  • Endowment campaigns
  • Capital campaigns
  • Programs promoting religious activities
  • Political or lobbying activities


Grant Awards – Fall 2018
Grant Awards – Fall 2017
Grant Awards – Spring 2017


  1. Submit an online grant application form before the application deadline. All applications MUST be submitted online. If your grant request is for more than $5,000, please complete and attach a project budget form to your online application.
  2. Provide any additional supporting documentation that is requested after your application undergoes an initial review. Documentation might include your 501(c)(3) determination letter, Board of Directors list, organizational income statement or balance sheet, most recent IRS Form 990, etc.