Grants Overview

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin awards over 253 grants totaling over $1 million annually.

The Foundation offers three competitive grant opportunities annually to support efforts in Portage and Waushara counties that align with our values and five mission areas.


  • Generosity
  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability

Mission Areas

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


Community Grants Fall Cycle:
Applications Open: July 1 – 31
Notification: September

Community Grants Spring Cycle:
Applications Open: January 1 – 31
Notification: March

Major Projects: 
Applications Open: May 15 – June 15
Notification: September

Competitive Grants Application Process

  1. Review grants opportunities to determine if you are applying to Community Grants or Major Projects.
  2. APPLY FOR A GRANT below will take you to the online grant application portal.

If you are unsure of username and password tied to your organization, please contact Grants & Scholarships Coordinator, Marlee Samuels at

Marlee Samuels

Marlee Samuels

Director of Donor Services & Programs