Grants from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation are awarded year-round to charitable community organizations, educational institutions and government agencies in the following ways:

Donor Advised Grants
Grants from donor advised funds support organizations and charitable projects specified by the fund donor or advisors throughout the year.

Our staff performs the due diligence to ensure that grantees are qualified, fiscally sound nonprofits and have filed the required tax documents. Once this process is complete, grant checks are issued from that particular fund.

Grant applications are accepted by invitation only.

Learn more about select donor advised funds at work in our community:

Designated Grants
Designated grants are distributed annually from funds created to support one or more specific organizations in perpetuity. Fifty charitable programs currently receive designated grant support. These grants are not open for applications.

Learn more about the impact of select designated funds:

Scholarship Awards
Scholarships are awarded annually from our scholarship funds to assist students pursuing all levels of education. The Community Foundation staff is skilled in administering a variety of scholarship programs at different service levels, depending on the donor's desired level of involvement. We work with numerous public and private schools, businesses, community groups and individuals to administer each of their unique scholarship programs.

Most students need only complete one online application and are automatically matched with every scholarship for which they are eligible. A full listing of our scholarships and a link to the online application is available at

Learn more about select scholarship funds supporting area youth:

Competitive Grants
Many donors make gifts to the Community Foundation without restriction or for the good of a particular field. These funds are professionally managed for long-term growth, with a portion of the investment earnings distributed each year as grants.

Unlike donor advised funds, the donor does not play an ongoing advisory role with these kinds of grants. Committees that represent a diverse selection of board members and community volunteers evaluate grant applications, meet with applicants as needed, and make grant recommendations. The Board of Directors approves all grant recommendations.

Funds with application processes are highly competitive. From July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015, the Community Foundation received 169 grant applications. Funding was awarded to 125 of these projects and programs. On average 50 cents was awarded for every dollar requested.

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