The grant application was due on March 1, 2022. Click to learn more about the 2022 Cycle 1 recipients.

Community Grant Cycle 1

Cycle 2 will begin near the second half of 2022, but the priorities are not currently chosen. The grants committee and Board of Directors will evaluate the needs of the nonprofit community to determine the best priorities for 2022 Cycle 2 Community Grant program.

Please check back or contact us directly for more information.

2022 Cycle 1 Community Grants

An important part of the Winona Community Foundation’s mission is realized though awarding community grants to meet the ever-changing needs of the community through a competitive process. By doing so, a variety of interests are supported with the goal of helping local charities make a difference in the Winona area. Our community grants for nonprofits are broad and inclusive to meet the current community needs in the Winona area.

These grants are competitive, so be sure to read information thoroughly prior to calling staff to review your project idea. After reviewing this information, if you don’t find the information needed or questions remain, Foundation staff will be pleased to assist you further as well as provide technical assistance with the application process.

Community Grants Overview for 2022:

  • Cycle 1 is due March 1, 2022
  • Maximum grant award is $10,000
  • Nonprofits that received funding in 2021 are eligible to apply. However, your grant project and report needs to be completed and submitted with the Foundation. Your eligibility for this cycle will be removed if your grant project and report have not been submitted.
  • All applicants must discuss their grant proposal with Nancy Brown, President/CEO, prior to submission
  • Who can apply: charitable organizations with a 501c3, government agencies or organizations with a fiscal agent agreement with 501c3 organization, operating within the Winona area for at least one year.
    1. Winona area is defined as within the City of Winona and a fifteen-mile radius from Winona. This includes Wisconsin and programs that have operations in Winona but may have headquarters elsewhere.
    2. If you received a grant in 2020 or 2021 from the Winona Community Foundation, a grant report is required before applying for this grant cycle. Contact Nancy Brown for more information.

Cycle 1 2022 WCF Grant Focus:

  1. We will accept applications that focus on the programming, projects and operations that address greatest needs of the community.
    1. Funding priorities include but are not limited to civic or education issues, health or social services, environment, arts or culture.
    2. COVID-19 does not have to be a direct reason for the need. However, please indicate if COVID-19 is a direct reason for your grant application.
  2. We will accept applications that focus on the programming, projects and operations that address emerging needs due to COVID-19 such as:
    1. Improving mental-health related impacts for clients or staff.
    2. Projects identified as a need to help vulnerable populations.
    3. Support for equipment and tools needed to safely conduct programming or services due to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions (new purchases only, cannot be requested to reimburse previous purchases).
  3. For additional eligibility questions or concerns, please see FAQs below.
Online Grant Application
Grant Report Form

How are Community Grants funded?

Funds to support the Community Grant program are made possible in part through gifts made through wills from; Ramona L. Jezewski English and Wilmer & Beverly Larson. Community grants are also supported by individual donors and a percentage of Board designated funds including: the Thomas H. Laken Fund, the Sue & Jack Cornwell Fund, and the General Trust fund of the Winona Community Foundation.

2022 Cycle 1 Grant Recipients
2021 Cycle 2 Grant Recipients
2021 Cycle 1 Grant Recipients

Questions?

Winona Community Foundation
[email protected]
507-454-6511

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the frequently asked questions below.

Charitable organizations eligible to apply for grants must:

  • Be a 501c3 organization, government agency or have a fiscal agent agreement with 501c3 organization
  • Have no outstanding past grant reports with WCF
  • Submit ideas for charitable projects within Winona or within a 15 mile radius of Winona into Wisconsin
  • Nonprofits or agencies can only apply once each grant cycle year (January-December)

Submission Check List:

1. Review project with Foundation staff prior to submission.

2. Complete application – online submission preferred but minimum requirement of a typed out application. If submitting materials via email, submit one PDF document with everything included.

3. Along with your application, please include: 1) project or program budget and 2) a list of additional funders for project (if applicable).

The Winona Community Foundation Board of Directors establishes funding priorities and has the authority to change those priorities at any time.

Please refer to the descriptions above for information about this grant focus area.

The most that can be requested from WCF Community Grants is $10,000. You do not need to apply for this full amount and project budgets should reasonably reflect what is needed. These grants are very competitive. When deciding on a request amount, consider what other funding sources are available and the amount your organization is able to fund. Grant seekers are encouraged to submit proposals that include diverse financial support.

For a list of past Community grants awards, please contact Foundation staff.

The Winona Community Foundation does not fund completed projects. If there are special circumstances surrounding your need, contact program staff to discuss your project to see if an exception may be made.

The Grant Committee will only accept one application a year from a nonprofit, but the committee may ask the nonprofit to resubmit or hold an application over to a later review date. The Committee meets bi-annually to review applications received by stated deadlines.  The week prior to a Committee meeting however, applicants will not be able to schedule staff time for review of application ideas and will be asked to wait until after that meeting to continue with the process.

Every year we receive requests totaling far more money than we have to disburse. Decisions about grant awards are always difficult; increased need and reduced funding everywhere have made the process even more competitive. We are always happy to discuss your request with you and comments that the Committee may have made related to why the project ranked lower, but in many cases a request is denied simply because we don’t have enough money to fund all worthwhile projects.

For more information, please contact Nancy Brown at 507-454-6511, [email protected], or visit our office at 111 Riverfront, Suite 2 E.

The Winona Community Foundation will not support grant requests for:

  1. Activities that are non-secular or promote a religious doctrine
  2. Academic or medical research
  3. Annual fundraising campaigns or events
  4. Creation of, or addition to, endowment funds
  5. Payment of debt or legal settlements
  6. Political or partisan purposes
  7. Grants that provide direct support to an individual