Community Investment Grant Application

2023 Community Investment Grant Application Opens June 1, 2022

United Way invests in high-quality programs designed to improve the health, education, and financial stability of residents in Oshkosh and the surrounding area.

Each year, the Community Investment Application is available to organizations* in the Oshkosh Area United Way’s service area that offer programming in the following focus areas:

  • Mental Health: In the Oshkosh area, there is a need to support mental health that grows every day. We fund programs that connect residents to health and human services, healing and crisis intervention, and positive social relationships.
  • Early Childhood Development: Providing access to high-quality childcare and education is one of the smartest investments we can make. We fund programs that give parents and children tools for early childhood development and overall school and career readiness.
  • Financial Stability (Steps Toward A Living Wage): Oshkosh Area United Way supports efforts to create stable, self-sufficient households. We do this by supporting programs that improve skills for gainful employment, reduce transportation barriers, and offer basic needs like food and shelter.

*Other requirements apply – read on for a full list of rules

If approved for funding, allocation distributions will begin January 2023.

How To Apply

Interested organizations applying for the first time may email Oshkosh Area United Way’s Impact & Outreach Specialist at to take part in a mandatory training session before applying. 

2023 Grant Eligibility

OAUW will consider funding for organizations which:

  • Provide programs supporting education, health and financial stability; but more so in childhood development, mental health, and providing steps toward a living wage.
  • Demonstrate their program’s benefit to local residents, whether the service is an independent agency or part of a national group.
  • Measure and track positive results clients and consumers achieve with the services provided by the agency.
  • Are nonprofit organizations the IRS recognizes as 501(c)3, or have a similar tax exemption, such as a school district or unit of county or local government.
  • Maintain records and monitor the use of United Way funds. Organizations must have a proper ratio of fundraising and administrative overhead to that spent for program delivery – at least 70% of income to program services.
  • Are in compliance with anti-terrorist funding in accordance with the USA PATRIOT Act.
  • Organizations that welcome diversity in the selection of board and staff and practice non-discrimination in the delivery of services.
  • Programs that support residents in at least one of these zip codes: 54901, 54902, 54903, 54904, 54906, 54927, 54963, 54964, 54980, 54985

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

OAUW will NOT consider funding for:

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

2023 Application Deadline

The deadline to submit the 2023 application is Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 11:55 p.m. We will be unable to accept late submissions.

Oshkosh Area United Way