Grants & Distributions

Through our grant process, the Community Foundation awards and distributes funds to community organizations and programs that are making a difference and enhancing the quality of life for residents of Chippewa County.

Response-Recovery-Rebuild Grant Awards

The Response – Recovery – Rebuild Fund was created to serve and support nonprofit organizations by providing them flexible resources to address the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis throughout Chippewa County and to be here for future crisis situations. Since the Fund was opened, it has granted out $123,161 to 36 nonprofit organizations.

Included with the organization, a description of current need grant funding from April 30, 2020 to present has been listed:

  • American Red Cross of Northwest Wisconsin - support for the costs of the Chippewa County blood drives and COVID-19 antibody testing
  • Barnabas Ministries - increased meal needs for homebound clients
  • Bloomer/New Auburn Area Food Pantry - stainless steel tables for safe sanitary food distribution
  • Children's Wisconsin-Community Services - iPads and hotspots for Building Families Programming
  • Boy Scouts of America-Chippewa Valley Council - to purchase camp cleaning supplies and support costs of summer camp fees for Chippewa County families in need
  • Cadott Community Library - Occupational and mental health materials
  • Chippewa County Criminal Justice - safe shelter vouchers for individuals in Chippewa County
  • Chippewa County Humane Association - shelter cleaning and protective supplies
  • Chippewa Falls Area Senior Center - to support costs of PPE and sanitation supplies
  • Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District - hotspots for students without internet access and safety kits for returning students
  • Chippewa Falls Boys & Girls Club - home learning supply needs
  • Chippewa Falls L.E. Phillips CDC Outreach Office - safe shelter and transportation vouchers; rent assistance
  • Chippewa Falls Mission Coalition - Laundry debit cards for Lighten Your Load services
  • Chippewa Falls Public Library - to purchase materials to create a safe indoor play area
  • Chippewa Falls YMCA - funding to support staff and programming for early learning community and school age childcare programs
  • Chippewa River Industries - to purchase laptops and a projector/screen to assist with pre-vocational services
  • Chippewa Valley Free Clinic - medication supplies, flu vaccines, staff needs, Ask A Nurse/RN and Lab Tech Support
  • Chippewa Valley Vineyard Food Pantry - hygiene products for all ages due to increase in pantry clients
  • Chippewa Youth Hockey Association - to purchase sanitizer and cleaning supplies to be used in the locker rooms
  • Cornell School District - support to purchase Amplify Reading Curriculum
  • D.R. Moon Memorial Library - support to purchase 4 iPads and hotspots; support costs of homebound library deliveries and staff costs associated with this program
  • D.R. Moon Memorial Library - to purchase three iPads and four hotspots
  • Family Support Center - to sustain counseling and support resources at full capacity
  • Feed My People Food Bank - to reduce food costs for Chippewa County partners
  • Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes - support costs of virtual programming for Chippewa County Girl Scouts
  • Heyde Center for the Arts - hygiene/prevention supplies including an electrostatic disinfectant sprayer & touchless thermometers
  • Hope Village - to purchase sanitation supplies, laundry gift cards and laundry detergent for Tiny House guests
  • HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital- supplies and equipment needed to effectively respond to COVID-19
  • Legacy Food Pantry at Agnes' Table - food for pantry and support for "to go" containers
  • Literacy Chippewa Valley - to support the Chippewa County adult literacy educational programing at the jail and throughout the county
  • Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan - to support costs of PPE and sanitation supplies to support Chippewa County families in the Family Preservation Program
  • McDonell Area Catholic Schools - to purchase math tutoring kits for grades K-8 Summer School Program
  • Mentor Chippewa - support to cover costs for summer mentor/student communications and programming related costs for the 2020-21 school year
  • Open Door Clinic - purchase PPE and help cover costs of prescription medications; support to cover Meet to Eat fundraiser revenue loss
  • Professional Dental Hygiene (Bright Smiles) - support PPE costs needed for programming in Chippewa County schools
  • St. Francesca Resource Center - commercial size freezer for their food pantry
  • St. Peter's Catholic School - to purchase eight 2-in-1 chrome books for 1st-4th grade students

Community Needs Grant Awards

Community Needs Grant funds were made possible from Unrestricted and Field of Interest Endowment funds and our Community Needs Grant Fund. During our 2020-21 Fiscal Year, 35 nonprofits received a total amount of $73,664 to help benefit and support the good work being done within our Chippewa County Communities. Included with the organization is the name of the awarded project:

  • Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley- Expansion of Academic & Social Emotional Support for Youth
  • Chippewa County Criminal Justice Services- Stop and Think Evidence Based Program
  • Chippewa County Dept of Land Conservation and Forest Management- Lake Wissota Stewardship Project
  • Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District- Girls Who Code
  • Chippewa Falls Mission Coalition- Lighten Your Load
  • Chippewa Falls Parks, Recreation & Forestry Dept- Six Hole Handicap Accessible Disc Golf Course
  • Chippewa Falls YMCA- After School Youth Collaboration
  • Chippewa Humane Association- Dog Run Window/Fan Project
  • Chippewa Valley Cultural Association- Stage and Choral Risers
  • Chippewa Valley Free Clinic- Free Clinic Health Services
  • Chippewa Youth Hockey Association- South Rink Dehumidification Heat
  • City of Chippewa Falls Fire and Emergency Services- 3rd Grade Fire Prevention & Safety Program
  • Come Now & Eat- Cadott Pop-Up Pantries
  • Cook Rutledge Mansion- Beautification Project 2021
  • Cornell School District- Speech/Language Pathology Testing
  • D.R. Moon Memorial Library- 2021 Summer Learning Program
  • Feed My People Food Bank- Chippewa Falls Pop-Up Pantry
  • First Presbyterian Church- Food Pantry Items
  • Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes- Camp Nawakwa: Maker Space
  • Girls on the Run of the Chippewa Valley- Financial Assistance/Home Kits
  • Halmstad Elementary School- Happy, Healthy, Halmstad!
  • Hope Gospel Mission- New Women and Children Program
  • Hope Village - Hope Village Navigator
  • Jim Falls Elementary School- Playground Campaign
  • Lake Holcombe School- Maple Syrup Sugar Shack/Shed
  • Lake Wissota Garden Club- Duncan Creek Shoreline Project in Irvine Park Sanctuary
  • Legacy Community Center- Agnes' Table
  • McDonell Area Catholic Schools- Tuition Assistance
  • Open Door Clinic- Diabetic Foot Care
  • Open Door Clinic- Computer Office Chairs
  • Otter Lake Booster Club- Handrails for Fishermen
  • Pony Tales Refuge- Horse Stall Project
  • Professional Dental Hygiene Express- Bright Smiles
  • Stanley Area Food Pantry- Weekend Kids Meal Program
  • Valley Vineyard Church- Food Pantry Items
  • Workforce Resource- Workforce Develop Training for Out-of-School Youth

Northwestern Bank School Mini-Grants

Because of Northwestern Bank's generosity, Mini-Grants are available to Chippewa County 3rd - 8th grade educators. During our 2020-21 Fiscal Year, 8 schools received a total amount of $3,850 to fund innovative learning and motivational activities or service learning projects for their students. Included with the school is the name of the awarded project:

  • Chippewa Falls Middle School- Winter Outdoor Recreation
  • Chippewa Falls Middle School/Voyagers- Food Crates
  • Cornell Elementary School- Building Classroom Decodable Library
  • Cornell Elementary School- Decodable Readers
  • Cornell School District- Mirroring Good Phonics Practices
  • Cornell School District- Speech Buddies
  • Hillcrest Elementary School- Little Art House
  • Lake Holcombe School District- Math/Writing Individual Student Lapboards
  • Parkview Elementary School- Books in the Classroom
  • Parkview Elementary School- Playground Storage Shed
  • Parkview Elementary School- Sensory Outdoor Exercise Paths
  • Parkview Elementary School- Student Engagement and Classroom Transformations
  • St. Joseph Catholic Schools- Sensory Room Supplies
  • St. Peter School- Profiles in Courage and Innovation
  • Stanley-Boyd Area Schools- Building a Leadership School

Designated Fund Grant Awards

Designated Funds allow fund holders to permanently support the work of specific nonprofit organizations or charitable causes that are important to them. The following list of nonprofit organizations or charitable causes received grant funding from Designated Funds through the Community Foundation.

  • Agnes' Table
  • All Saints Parish, Holy Family Church
  • Bloomer Historical Society
  • Cadott Area Historical Society, Inc.
  • Central Lutheran Foundation
  • Chippewa County Dept. of Human Services
  • Chippewa County Historical Society, Inc.
  • Chippewa County Humane Association, Inc.
  • Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District
  • Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District Foundation
  • Chippewa Falls Fire and Emergency Services
  • Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club
  • Chippewa Falls Main Street
  • Chippewa Falls Masonic Lodge No. 176
  • Chippewa Falls Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department
  • Chippewa Falls Police Department
  • Chippewa Falls Area Senior Center
  • Chippewa Falls Youth Baseball and Softball
  • Chippewa Partners, Inc.
  • Chippewa Valley Cultural Association, Inc.
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College Foundation Inc.
  • Chippewa Youth Hockey Association
  • Chippewa Youth Hockey Association Kids on Ice Fund
  • Community Foundation Operating Fund
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Drake University
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Family Support Center
  • Feed My People, Inc.
  • First Presbyterian Church of Chippewa Falls
  • Holy Ghost Catholic Church
  • HSHS St. Joseph's Foundation
  • Irvine Park Endowment Fund
  • Lake Wissota Improvement and Protection Association
  • Landmark Christian Church
  • Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation
  • McDonell Area Catholic Schools
  • McDonell High School Foundation
  • Mentor Chippewa
  • Minnesota State University- Mankato
  • Notre Dame Catholic Church
  • Open Door Clinic
  • Otter Lake Booster Club
  • St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church
  • University of Minnesota- Duluth
  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
  • University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Foundation, Inc.
  • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
  • University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
  • University of Wisconsin - Stout
  • Viterbo University
  • William Irvine Endowment Fund

Donor Advised Fund Grant Awards

Donor Advised Funds allow fund holders to be actively involved in providing annual grant recommendations for consideration by the Foundation's Board of Directors. The following nonprofit organizations or charitable causes received grant funding that was recommended by fund advisors to address issues and needs most important to them.

  • Boy Scouts Troop #13
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley, Inc. / Chippewa Center
  • Cardinal Community Learning Center
  • Chippewa Area History Center Pass-Through Fund
  • Chippewa County Historical Society, Inc.
  • Chippewa County Humane Association, Inc.
  • Chippewa Falls Area Senior Center, Inc.
  • Chippewa Falls Main Street
  • Chippewa Falls Museum of Industry and Technology
  • Chippewa Falls Music Association Ltd.
  • Chippewa Falls Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department
  • Chippewa Strikers Soccer Club
  • Chippewa Valley Veterans Tribute Foundation
  • Chippewa Veterans Home Recreation Committee
  • Chippewa Youth Hockey Association
  • Community Foundation Operating Fund
  • Cook-Rutledge Mansion
  • D.R. Moon Memorial Library
  • Family Support Center
  • Feed My People
  • Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp
  • Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes
  • Girl Scouts Troop #3055
  • Harbor House Crisis Shelters
  • Hope Gospel Mission
  • Hope Village
  • Hunter's Hope Fund
  • Lake Holcombe Food Pantry
  • McDonell Area Catholic Schools
  • Mobile Meals of Chippewa Falls
  • Northern Wisconsin State Fair Association
  • School District of Maple
  • St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
  • St. Paul's Catholic School
  • Stanley Area Historical Society
  • The Open Door Clinic, Inc.
  • Trinity Equestrian Center
  • VFW Post 305
  • YMCA of the Chippewa Valley

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