Major Projects

The Major Projects cycle at the Community Foundation supports the growth and development of a community project that makes a major impact in Portage and/or Waushara counties.

This cycle will fund up to one project annually in the range of $25,000-$50,000.

 Mission Areas

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


Applications Open: May 15
Applications Close: June 15
Decision: Mid-September

Organizations may only submit one Major Project application per year.

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 the benefit of the general public of Portage or Waushara counties

Eligible Projects

  • Unique community programs or projects for the benefit of Portage or Waushara counties
  • Capital Campaigns

Ineligible Projects

  • Operating expenses*
  • Projects in which CFCWI funds will provide more than 50% of total project budget
  • Endowment Funds
  • Individuals
  • Lobbying/political
  • Debt retirement
  • Requests for emergency funding or other financial shortfalls
  • General solicitation requests

*Organizations are eligible to apply for one Major Project per year, as well as the Community Foundation’s fall and spring Community Grants process for general operating or other programmatic support.

Declined projects are invited to apply to the CFCWI Spring Community Grants for up to $25,000.

Learn more

  • More information about the Major Projects Grant Cycle can be found in our blog post
  • We encourage potential applicants to reach out to Marlee in advance of their application submission to discuss their proposal and address any questions


Marlee Samuels

Marlee Samuels

Director of Donor Services & Programs