Partner Cycle

The Partner Grants cycle addresses immediate and one-time needs for programs or projects that serve Portage and/or Waushara Counties.

Mission Areas

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


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

The Partner Grants process is designed for one-time requests from nonprofit or charitable groups. Applications may ask for up to $5,000 and must be focused on a particular project. This grant cycle is open to programs and projects in Portage and Waushara counties that align with our values and five mission areas. Up to $75,000 in Portage County and up to $30,000 in Waushara County will be distributed to our Partner grantees in total.


  • Applications submitted must not be for more than $5,000.
  • Organizations may only submit one Partner Grant application each year.

Eligible Organizations

  • Nonprofit 501c3 agencies that are state and federal tax exempt and in good standing with the IRS
  • The Foundation will consider applications from public, charter, parochial schools, or government entities.
  • Established community groups wishing to complete a community project for benefit of the general public of Portage or Waushara County

Learn More

Our June 10 community lunch hour video and slide deck provide additional information regarding our Community Grants Program.

Sarah E. Ross

Sarah E. Ross

Director of Community Grants and the Women’s Fund