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Community Foundation Grant Opportunities

The Community Foundation’s core mission is serving the common good of the Dunn County region. We are grateful for the visionary donors who entrust the Foundation to deploy monies to address the local needs through discretionary funding and/or through specialized funds designated for a specific charitable purpose.

The following opportunities are available to organizations in the community to apply for grant funding:

Competitive Grants:

CFDC Community Impact Grants – Available February 1 and August 1 Annually

This is our standard way for non-profits and charitable groups to receive grant funding.  The Community Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations and community groups that support the arts, culture, heritage, the environment, recreation, education, health, humanitarian needs and other civic initiatives through two competitive granting cycles each year, with deadlines on February 1 and August 1.  Typical award amounts range from $500 to $5,000 or more.  Click here to continue to the Grant Process page.

The Women’s Giving Circle Grant Fund – Available in June Annually

The other competitive grant opportunity available is through the Women’s Giving Circle Grant Fund.  The Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) of Dunn County has been established to strengthen the spirit of women through collaborative philanthropy.  The WGC awards grants to non-profit organizations that support the needs of women and families in Dunn County through one competitive grant cycle offered each June.   Typical award amounts range from $500 to $3,500 or more.  Please note this cycle has a different grant application and requirements.  Applicants must be a certified 501c3 as recognized by the IRS.  Click here to learn more.

Field of Interest Funds

Field of Interest Funds have been established by individual donors to help support charitable causes they care about most, in perpetuity.  Interests can include a range of initiatives, such as health, social services, the arts, environment, education or a geographical area.   These funds are then awarded to eligible organizations in the community, either through the standard Competitive Community Grants process, or by the Board of Directors identifying organizations capable of making the greatest impact in the specific area.

If you find your organization to be eligible for Field of Interest funding, we encourage you to submit a formal Letter of Inquiry, which should include a brief description of your organization and its mission, a statement of need describing why you are seeking grant funding, who the target population will be, geographical area served, etc., as well as the basic goals and objectives of the project.

Please contact the Foundation for more information or with any questions.  The following Field of Interest Funds are actively making grants each year.

MARSHALL W. HAGEN MEMORIAL FUND – Supporting programs that serve those living with cancer.

Through the generosity of Marshall W. Hagen, a lifelong resident of Dunn County, the Community Foundation issues funding to area organizations whose work helps improve the lives of  community members living with cancer.   Grants range from $500 to $3,500, and applicants should follow the Community Foundation Community Grants application process and deadlines to apply, or contact the Foundation directly.  Click here to learn more.

BYRON AND CATHERINE OLSON MEMORIAL FUND – Supporting those in need of medical care or services

Byron Olson, of Menomonie, desired that a portion of his estate be used to establish a fund to benefit individuals in Dunn County in need of supplemental medical care or services. This fund makes grants to individuals and children in emergency need for things such as eyeglasses, dental care, prescriptions, medical care, food/gas, and more.  This fund holds a separate application form.  Click here to learn more.

DIABETIC CARE FUND IN MEMORY OF CAMMIE B. JOHNSON – Providing diabetic medical supplies to those in need

This fund was established by the family of Cammie B. Johnson, a young woman who passed away just before her 21st birthday due to complications of diabetes.  This fund helps to pay for the pharmaceutical and medical supply expenses of people with Type I or Type II Diabetes who are low income  and/ or experiencing difficulty accessing supplies because they are uninsured or are unable to afford their current out-of-pocket expenses.  If you or someone you know may benefit from this program, please contact the Community Foundation directly.

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