Community Investment Grant Application

IMPORTANT: The 2021 Community Investment Grant Application is now OPEN.

Applications must be submitted by June 30, 2020 at 11:55 p.m.

Each year, the Community Investment Application for funding is made available to organizations* serving the Oshkosh Area United Way’s service area that offer new or existing programming in any of the following focus areas:

  • Mental Health: In the Oshkosh area, there is a growing need to support mental health. We financially support programs that connect residents to health and human services, provide healing and crisis intervention, and promote positive social relationships.
  • Financial Stability (Steps Toward A Living Wage): Oshkosh Area United Way supports efforts to create financially-stable, self-sufficient households by supporting programs that improve skills to successfully gain employment, reduce transportation barriers, and provide basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter.
  • Childhood Development: Expanding and providing access to high-quality childcare and education is among the smartest investments we can make. We fund programs that provide parents and children with tools to encourage early childhood development and overall school and career readiness.

*Other requirements apply – please see below for a full listing of requirements

If approved for funding, allocations will be distributed beginning February 2021.

How To Apply

Interested organizations are asked to email Candice Lane, Community Impact Specialist at to take part in a mandatory virtual training session prior to submitting an application.

2021 Grant Eligibility

Funding will be considered for organizations which:

  • Provide programs in the impact areas of: Education, Health, and Financial Stability, but more so in the areas of Childhood Development, Mental Health, and providing Steps Toward A Living Wage
  • Demonstrate their program’s benefit to residents in our service area whether the service is provided as an independent agency or local/regional chapter of a national group
  • Measure and track the positive outcomes achieved by clients/consumers as a result of the services provided by the agency
  • Are nonprofit organizations recognized by the IRS as 501(c)3 or a similar tax exemption such as a school district or unit of county or local government
  • Maintain accounting records and monitor the use of United Way funds. Organizations must maintain an appropriate ratio of fundraising and administrative overhead to that spent for delivery of programs – generally a minimum of 70% of income to program services
  • Organizations that are in compliance with anti-terrorist funding in accordance with the USA PATRIOT Act
  • Organizations that welcome diversity in the selection of governing board and staff and that practice non-discrimination in the delivery of services
  • Programs that support residents in at least one of the following zip codes: 54901, 54902, 54903, 54904, 54906, 54927, 54963, 54964, 54980, 54985

IMPORTANT: Limited funding is available for organizations offering programs categorized outside of OAUW’s three focus areas, which have been identified as priorities for the Oshkosh area.

Funding will NOT be considered for:

  • Individuals
  • Religious organizations if the activities serve only their membership or promote a particular religion or denomination
  • Lobbying efforts designed to influence legislation
  • Direct support for travel or tours by individuals or groups unless such travel is a critical component of an eligible program such as providing transportation for the elderly and disabled
  • Advertising other than that designed to make the public aware of available services
  • Endowment or capital campaigns
  • Athletic associations or teams
  • Fundraising events, testimonial events or dinners and related activities such as silent auctions, raffles, walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons or telethons

2021 Application Deadline

The deadline to submit the 2021 application is Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 11:55 p.m. We will be unable to accept late submissions.

Oshkosh Area United Way