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Grant Opportunities

Here are some foundation and grant opportunities in Wisconsin, many focused on literacy and/or education.

We’ve divided the opportunities by statewide access and then by the 4 Wisconsin Literacy regions.  This is not a comprehensive list and will change over time. Be sure to confirm up-to-date contact information online. 

Interest Points Code:

10 Elementary/Secondary Education
17 Other Education/Literary Projects/Job Training 
25 Public Health Programs/Health Fairs
30 United Way Funded 
34 Aging/Senior Citizens
35 Minorities/Race Relations 36 Women and Girls
37 Family Services
81 Community/Economic Development
83 Good Government/Public Policy: Consumer Protection/Voter Education 
86 Trade and Professional Associations
88 Miscellaneous
 
Statewide (or if you’re in their operation area):

Alliant Energy Foundation

  • Interest points: 10, 17, 35
  • www.alliantenergy.com
  • Contributes to a wide variety of health, education, cultural and civic organizations in the corporate service area
  • Funds operational costs

CBM Credit Education Foundation, Inc.

  • Interest point: 17
  • www.cbmfoundation.org
  • Deadlines: Dec. 1, March 1, Sept. 1
  • 2509 South Stoughton Rd. Ste. 300, Madison, WI 53716
  • Phone: (608) 663-5000
  • Examples: Call For Action, WI Women’s Business Initiative
  • Funds programs dealing w/ financial literacy and emphasizing credit education and wise use of consumer credit.
  • Range/Median: $306–44,000 / $18,190

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

  • www.dollargeneral.com (application available online)
  • P.O. Box 1064, Goodlettsville, TN 37070-1064
  • Phone: (615) 855-5201

Frank L. Weyenberg Chartable Trust

  • Interest point: 25
  • c/o Quarles & Brady, LLP, 411 E. Wisconsin Ave, Ste. 2040, Milwaukee, WI 53202
  • Phone: (414) 277-5000
  • Contact: Henry Loos
  • Initial contact by full proposal; trustees meet quarterly.

Gannett Foundation

Green Bay Packers Foundation

  • Interest points: 17, 81
  • http://www.packers.com/community/packers-foundation.html.
  • Deadline: Nov. 1 for Letter of Inquiry
  • 1265 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay, WI 54304 – 3928
  • (920) 496-5700
  • Examples: Reading Connections, Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Charitable, scientific, literary or educational purpose. Special projects, renovations, equipment and matching grants.
  • Range/Median: $600–10,000 / $1,200

Kohl’s Charities

Robert W. Baird & Co. Foundation

  • Interest points: 10, 17, 30, 36, 37, 81, 86
  • http://www.rwbaird.com/who-we-are/community-involvement/baird- foundation.
  • Deadline: Dec. for Full Proposal
  • 777 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202
  • Examples: American Cancer Society, Marquette University
  • Range/Median: $50–85,000 / $1,000

Starbucks Foundation

Wal-Mart Literacy Foundation

  • www.walmart.com
  • Check with your local Wal-Mart store’s community coordinator.