Thank you for your interest in the Dunn County Community Foundation Competitive Grants Program

Application Process

The Community Foundation awards Impact 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.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read all Grant Guidelines held by the Community Foundation of Dunn County before starting an application to ensure your proposal falls within the scope of the community grant opportunity.  If you have any questions or are unsure of eligibility, contact the Community Foundation directly at (715) 232-8019.  Grant Training is typically offered each year.  Check this page for updates.

Grants applications are reviewed by the Foundation’s Grants Committee that is made up of board members and community representatives. The committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors that have final authority over all grants awarded. Typically, organizations will be advised of the outcome 4-6 weeks following the deadline.  Grant checks are publicly presented at the Community Foundation’s Spring Annual Meeting for February recipients, and the Fall Evening of Gratitude event for August recipients.

For consideration at the board meeting your completed application must be received or postmarked by 4pm on the deadline date.

If you have any questions about the Foundation’s grants program please contact the Community Foundation at 715-232-8019 or e-mail Samantha Phillipps at

Click here to proceed to the Grant Application page.

Review Process

Applications are screened for completeness, clarity, and compliance with eligibility requirements.

Because there are often more requests than can be funded, a board-appointed committee will place requests in priority order on the basis of the following questions:

  1. How does the grant purpose match with the Foundation’s policies?
  2. What is the potential benefit to the community?
  3. Is there a clearly stated need for this project?
  4. Does the applicant organization have the capability to achieve the expected results?
  5. How direct are the benefits?
  6. Are other more appropriate resources available?

Final decisions on all grants are made by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Generally, a decision is made within a month after the submission deadline. Applicants are notified of the outcome in writing. If a grant is awarded a follow-up report is required.


If you receive grant funding, you are required to submit a final, written report to the Community Foundation of Dunn County.  Within one calendar year after you receive payment of the grant, a Grant Report Form must be submitted that describes the activities carried out and if the goals have been met. The report must include a narrative and a detailed expenditure report. Financial and other business records must be kept in accordance with sound accounting and business practices.  If an extension or variance from this time frame is necessary, an interim report and written request must be submitted and approval is required by the Foundation (using the same form below).

If you received a grant in the last year, please follow the link below to complete the online Grant Report Form:

Grant Report Form BUTTON


Community Foundation staff is available to answer questions from grant seekers as proposals are being developed. Such consultation will be informal and carry no assurances of suitability for funding. Call the Foundation Office at 715.232.8019 for an appointment.

Proceed with an Application

Grant Applications are available as downloadable forms here on our application page.