Community Grants

The Community Grants cycle supports community programs or projects that benefit Portage and Waushara counties.

Community Grant applications will be evaluated by a committee of community volunteers, with final approval of the CFCWI Board of Directors.

Mission Areas

  • Arts & Culture
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Helping People
  • Wellness


Fall Cycle:
Applications Open: July 1
Applications Close: July 31
Decision: Mid-September

Spring Cycle:
Applications Open: January 1
Applications Close: January 31
Decision: Mid-March

Eligible Organizations

  • Nonprofit agencies, organizations, or government entities that are state and federal tax exempt
  • Established community groups wishing to complete a community program or project for benefit of the general public of Portage or Waushara counties

Eligible Projects

  • Community programs or projects for benefit of Portage and Waushara counties
  • Operational/general support
  • Projects declined in Major Projects cycle may apply in Spring Grant cycle

Ineligible Projects

  • Annual Fund Drives
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Endowment Funds
  • Individuals
  • Lobbying/political
  • Debt retirement
  • General solicitation requests
  • Programs/projects denied in Fall Cycle will not be considered for the following Spring Cycle
  • Organizations that failed to submit a CFCWI Grant Project Summary report the previous year