Community Grant Program

The Community Grant Program is closed for 2020. The grants committee and Board of Directors will evaluate the needs of the non-profit community to determine the best priorities for 2021 Community Grant program. More information will be available after November.

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.

Community Grants Overview from 2020:

  • Cycle 1 was due March 1, 2020
  • Cycle 2 was due August 1, 2020 and priorities focused on impacts of COVID-19
  • Maximum grant award was $10,000 with a total of $94,000 available in 2020

These grants are very 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.


  • 2020 Community Grant Cycles are closed
  • Check back in November for information on 2021 Community Grants
2020 Cycle 1 Grant Recipients
2020 Cycle 2 Grant Recipients

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.
  • Have not yet received funding from the WCF Community Grants program in the past 12 months.

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

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, we are changing our priorities for cycle 2 to meet the current needs of local non-profits and the losses of income or increases in services they have due COVID-19 since March 15.

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.