Grants available for nonprofits serving the Waupaca area

Grants available for nonprofits serving the Waupaca area

WAUPACA, Wis. – The Waupaca Area Community Foundation (WACF) is accepting applications for two grant opportunities until June 11 from eligible charitable organizations serving people of the Waupaca area. The grants will be awarded from the WACF’s Waupaca Area Community Foundation Fund during an application review process involving community volunteers.  

Annual Competitive Grant Opportunity

Grant requests up to $7,500 can support a broad range of causes in the areas of arts, health, human services, community development, education, and environment. Types of projects and programs that will be considered:

  • Creative new activities or services
  • Enhancement or strengthening of existing activities
  • Small capital investments
  • Recurring events  

New! Community Enhancement Grant Opportunity

One $25,000 grant is being offered for visionary projects or programs affecting many residents in the area of education as it relates to arts, culture, health, wellness, general education and education for all ages. New programs, program expansions and capital projects will all be considered. Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Long-term, high community impact
  • Innovative thinking
  • Clear, detailed planning to assure the project’s success and sustainability
  • Leadership with a proven record of success
  • Collaborative partnerships

Applicants may apply for either or both grant opportunities, but they should review the guidelines for both opportunities carefully before applying. More information can be found at and applications are being accepted online until June 11 at 4:00 p.m. Applicants must first register and be approved to use the online application tool prior to starting to fill out an application form.     


Nonprofits serving Waupaca County have another opportunity for $50,000 grant

The Tim and Joy Neuville Family Fund within the Waupaca Area Community Foundation for the second straight year is offering a $50,000 “Forward Together” grant and asking nonprofit leaders to “think big” in proposing projects to help them meet the human services needs of the region.

The grant will be awarded to a human service organization that would benefit from a building expansion, enhancement or the purchase or lease of a building, or for a neighborhood revitalization project. Successful Forward Together grant applications will feature human services projects and programs that demonstrate bold ideas and forward thinking. Evaluation criteria include:

  • Long-term projects with high community impact in the human service field
  • Innovative thinking
  • Clear, detailed planning to assure the increased or enhanced space is paramount to success and sustainability
  • Leadership and a proven record of success
  • Strong community partnerships

The Neuville fund grant will not fund: 

  • Travel expenses
  • Conference fees and/or expenses
  • Fundraisers
  • Multi-year requests
  • General operating expenses not related to the proposed project
  • Endowment funds
  • Previously incurred expenses
  • Initiatives that do not serve Waupaca County

More information on the grant criteria is available at Applicants must contact Ann Engelhard, vice president Donor Services and Gift Planning, to discuss whether their porposals fit the criteria. Reach her by May 1 by email at or by calling 920-702-7627. Applicants found to meet the criteria will be asked to submit a letter of interest by
May 11.

Last year’s initial Forward Together grant helped Appleton-based Catalpa Health establish a behavioral health clinic in Waupaca. Tim Neuville, president of Neuville Motors in Waupaca and chairman of the WACF’s board of directors, said he and Joy were pleased with the extra service for families that Catalpa brought to the community and hopes to support an equally beneficial project this year.

The Neuvilles established their charitable endowment fund with the nonprofit WACF, a regional family of funds of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, in 2005 to help them engage in current and lasting giving that makes a difference in the Waupaca area. The fund generates grants each year for nonprofit organizations recommended by the Neuvilles.

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