Grants & Distributions

Through our competitive 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 has been created to serve and support nonprofit organizations now 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. Included with the organization, a description of current need grant funding 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
  • Chippewa County Criminal Justice - safe shelter vouchers for individuals in Chippewa County
  • Chippewa County Humane Association - shelter cleaning and protective 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
  • Chippewa Falls YMCA - funding to support staff and programming for Early Learning Community & School Age Childcare Programs
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Family Support Center - to sustain counseling and support resources at full capacity
  • Feed My People - 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 a electrostatic disinfectant sprayer and touchless thermometers
  • HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital - supplies and equipment needed to effectively respond to COVID-19
  • Legacy Food Pantry at Agnes' Table - food for pantry
  • Mentor Chippewa - support to cover costs for summer mentor/student communications
  • Open Door Clinic - purchase PPE and help cover costs of prescription medications
  • 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

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
  • Cadott Area Historical Society, Inc.
  • Central Lutheran Foundation
  • Chippewa County Dept. of Human Services
  • Chippewa County Genealogical Society
  • Chippewa County Historical Society, Inc.
  • Chippewa County Humane Association, Inc.
  • Chippewa Falls Area Senior Center, 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, Inc.
  • Chippewa Falls Masonic Lodge No. 176
  • Chippewa Falls Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department
  • Chippewa Falls Police Department
  • 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
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Family Support Center
  • Feed My People, Inc.
  • First Presbyterian Church of Chippewa Falls
  • Friends of Lake Wissota State Park, Inc.
  • Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes
  • Holy Ghost Parish
  • HSHS St. Joseph's Foundation
  • Lake Wissota Improvement and Protection Association
  • Landmark Christian Church
  • Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation
  • McDonell Area Catholic Schools
  • McDonell High School Foundation
  • Notre Dame Catholic Church
  • Otter Lake Booster Club
  • Response Recovery Rebuild Fund
  • St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
  • The Open Door Clinic, Inc.
  • 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 - Madison
  • University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
  • University of Wisconsin - Stout
  • Viterbo University
  • William Irvine Endowment Fund
  • Winona State University

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.

  • Barnabas Ministries
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley, Inc. / Chippewa 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 Museum of Industry and Technology
  • Chippewa Falls Music Association Ltd.
  • Chippewa Falls Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department
  • Chippewa Falls Schools Safety Patrols, Inc.
  • Chippewa Strikers Youth Soccer Complex Pass-Through Fund
  • Chippewa Valley Cultural Association, Inc.
  • Chippewa Valley Family YMCA, Inc.
  • Chippewa Youth Hockey Association
  • D.R. Moon Memorial Library
  • Dunn County Dairy Project
  • Family Support Center
  • Girl Scouts Troop #3055
  • HSHS St. Joseph's Foundation
  • Jason's Presents
  • Lake Holcombe Food Pantry
  • Lake Holcombe Improvement Association, Inc.
  • Loopy and Lori Kleich Endowment Fund
  • Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan
  • McDonell Area Catholic Schools
  • Peace Church
  • Response Recovery Rebuild Fund
  • School District of Maple
  • SOAR Case Management, Inc.
  • St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
  • St. Paul's Catholic School
  • Stanley Area Food Pantry, Inc.
  • Stanley-Boyd Area School District
  • The Open Door Clinic, Inc.

Community Needs Grant Awards

Each year, Community Needs Grants are supported by a growing collection of Unrestricted and Field of Interest Funds in which donors have entrusted the Foundation with the decision-making in determining grant recipients based on the donors' interests. Grant funding supports: arts and culture, community development, education, environment and animal welfare, and health and human services in Chippewa County.

  • Alzheimer's Association - Volunteer Project
  • Bloomer High School - Clothes Closet and Food Pantry
  • CESA 11 Head Start - Sensory Sensitive Environment
  • CFAUSD - Cardinal Community Learning Center- B-Free Puppetry Student Show
  • Chippewa County Dept. of Land, Conservation & Forestry - Lake Wissota Stewardship Project
  • Chippewa County Criminal Justice Services - Stop and Think Evidence Based Programs
  • Chippewa County Public Health - Eradicate Meth
  • Chippewa County Land Conservancy - Landscape Software Implementation
  • Chippewa Falls Boys and Girls Club - Behavioral Health with Mental Health Focus
  • Chippewa Falls Mission Coalition - Lighten Your Load
  • Chippewa Falls Valley Vineyard Church - Food Pantry
  • Chippewa Humane Association- UniMac Dryers
  • Chippewa Valley Cultural Association, Inc. - Senior Friendly Arts Series
  • Chippewa Valley Free Clinic - Free Health Programs for Chippewa County Adults 2020
  • Chippewa Youth Hockey Association - Outdoor Rink Dasher Board Safety Upgrade
  • City of Chippewa Falls Fire & Emergency Services Dept. - 3rd Grade Fire Prevention & Safety Programs
  • Communities United in Education - Community Service and Safe Communication
  • Cook Rutledge Mansion - Plants and Flowers
  • Cornell Elementary School - Grand Greeters
  • Cornell Visitors Center - Visitors Center Technology
  • D.R. Moon Memorial Library - 2020 Summer Library Program
  • Family Support Center - Chippewa Falls Group Connection Facilitator
  • Family Support Center - Flower Beautification
  • Feed My People Food Bank - Healthy Meal Kits
  • First Presbyterian Church - Distribute Hygiene Products for Food Pantry Clients
  • Girl Scouts of Northwestern Great Lakes - Girl Scouts of Distinction
  • Girls on the Run - Financial Assistance Program
  • Halmstad Elementary School - Remembrance & Hope
  • Jim Falls Elementary School - Playground Campaign
  • L.E. Phillips Career Development Center - Blessings in a Box
  • Lake Holcombe Food Pantry - Lake Holcombe Weekend Kid Meals
  • Legacy Community Center - Agnes' Table
  • Literacy Chippewa Valley - Corrections Education Re-entry Programming
  • McDonell Area Catholic Schools - Tuition Assistance
  • Open Door Clinic - Mental Health Services
  • Otter Lake Booster Club - Playground Equipment Landscape
  • Professional Dental Hygiene Express - Bright Smiles
  • St. Francesca Resource Center - Healthy Families Initiative 2020
  • St. Peter's Grade School - Bridging Generations
  • St. Peter's Grade School - Tuition Assistance
  • Stanley Area Food Pantry - Weekend Kid's Meal Program
  • Veterans Housing: (Lutheran Social Services) - Veterans Housing & Recovery Program

Northwestern Bank School Mini-Grants

Because of Northwestern Bank's generosity, Mini-Grants are available to Chippewa County 3rd - 8th grade educators to fund innovative learning and motivational activities or service learning projects for their students.

  • Cadott Elementary School - In"Stall"ing Inspiration
  • Cadott Elementary School - Sphero in the Classroom
  • Chippewa Falls Middle School - Spanish 1 Library
  • Chippewa Falls Middle School - Student Connections- Relax Groups
  • Christ Lutheran School - Music Enhancement Riser
  • Cornell Elementary School - Flexible Seating
  • Halmstad Elementary School - Halmstad Sensory Tools
  • Hillcrest Elementary School - The Memory Project
  • Holy Ghost Elementary School - Mental Health Support
  • Holy Ghost Elementary School - Third Grade Getting Heard
  • Parkview Elementary School - Babysitting Basics
  • Parkview Elementary School - Ukulele Project
  • Southview Elementary - Yoga in the Classrooms
  • St. Peter's School - Engaging Our Brains
  • St. Peter's School - Gift of a Book
  • St. Peter's School - Teachers Pay Teachers
  • Stillson Elementary School - Bringing Mindfulness into our School
  • Stillson Elementary School - Kiln Replacement

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