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.

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 2021-22 Fiscal Year, 35 nonprofits received a total amount of $98,843 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- Positive and Safe Chippewa Falls Club Environment
  • Children's Charities, Inc.- Decodable Readers
  • Chippewa County Criminal Justice Services- Evidence Based Jail Programming and Reentry
  • Chippewa County Genealogical Society- Office Desk and Printer
  • Chippewa Falls Area Senior Center- Fitness Equipment and Wellness Room
  • Chippewa Falls Fire and Emergency Services- 3rd Grade Fire Prevention and Safety Programs
  • Chippewa Falls Main Street- 2022 Downtown Beautification
  • Chippewa Falls Police Department- Drone Project
  • Chippewa Falls YMCA- Y on the Fly
  • Chippewa Valley Community Chorus- 45th Annual Music Concert
  • Chippewa Valley Cultural Association- Disney's 101 Dalmatians Kids and Wireless Microphones
  • Chippewa Valley Free Clinic- Health Services for Chippewa County
  • Come Now & Eat- Backpack Buddies NOW
  • Communities United in Education- Community Sound System Project
  • Cornell School District- 2nd Grade Classroom Library Extension
  • D.R. Moon Memorial Library- 2022 Summer Learning Program
  • Family Support Center- Welcome Baby Project
  • Feed My People Food Bank- School Pantry Program
  • First Presbyterian Church- Hygiene Products for Community Food Pantry
  • Hope Gospel Mission- Programs for the Homeless
  • L. E. Phillips CDC Outreach Center- Transportation Assistance Chippewa County
  • Lake Holcombe School District- Greenhouse Improvements
  • Lake Wissota Garden Club- Spring Brook Waterfall Project in Irvine Park Sanctuary
  • Legacy Community Center- Shelving Units for Agnes' Table
  • Lutheran Social Services of WI & Upper MI- Veterans Housing and Recovery Program
  • Make-A-Wish Wisconsin- Wishes Come True-Chippewa County
  • McDonell Area Catholic Schools- The Human Body and Tuition Assistance
  • Open Door Clinic- AmeriCorps VISTA for the Clinic
  • Professional Dental Hygiene Express- Bright Smiles
  • Sleep in Heavenly Peace- No Kid Sleeps on the Floor
  • Stanley Area Food Pantry- Communication and Connectivity
  • Stanley-Boyd Area School District- Camp Read S'more Bookmobile
  • Valley Vineyard Family Outreach Services- Community Center Equipment
  • Workforce Resource, Inc.- Reducing the Labor Shortage in Chippewa County

Northwestern Bank School Mini-Grants

Because of Northwestern Bank's generosity, Mini-Grants are available to Chippewa County 3rd - 8th grade educators. During our 2021-22 Fiscal Year, 9 schools received a total amount of $4,994 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:

  • CFAUSD/Cardinal Community Learning Center- I'm Hungry! What Can I Make?
  • Chippewa Falls Middle School- Outdoor Recreation Unit
  • Chippewa Falls Middle School- Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS)
  • Christ Lutheran School- Middle School Research Center
  • Cornell Elementary School- Building Understanding in Upper Elementary Students
  • Cornell Elementary School- Flexible Classroom Seating
  • Cornell Elementary School- Summer Reading & Reading Night Project
  • Cornell Middle School- Locker Edit
  • Parkview Elementary School- Motivational/Inspirational Quotes
  • Parkview Elementary School- Tools for the Classroom
  • Southview Elementary School- Colors for All
  • St. Paul's Catholic School- Calculators and Code
  • St. Paul's Catholic School- Musical Medleys
  • St. Paul's Catholic School- Squishy Circuits
  • St. Paul's Catholic School- STEM Robot Crawler
  • St. Paul's Catholic School- That Masterpiece is Me
  • St. Peter's Catholic School- Comforting Our Community
  • St. Peter's Catholic School- Science Experiment Supplies
  • St. Peter's Catholic School- Supplementing Teacher Materials
  • St. Peter's Catholic School- Teachers Pay Teachers

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 $147,760.75 to 41 nonprofit organizations during the Coronavirus pandemic and most recently for the Stanley Tornado.

Included with the organization, a description of current need grant funding from July 1, 2021 to present has been listed:

Stanley Tornado Response:

  • American Red Cross of NW Wisconsin- to support reimbursement costs related to Stanley tornado response.
  • City of Stanley Police Department-to purchase a radio tower, antenna and repeater for future crisis preparedness as a result of the Stanley tornado.
  • Feed My People- food credit for Fruit of the Vine Food Pantry to assist those in need who were impacted by the Stanley tornado
  • Fruit of the Vine Food Pantry- to purchase hygiene products for increase needs as a result of the Stanley tornado.
  • Stanley Area Food Pantry- to purchase food items for those in need who were impacted by the Stanley tornado
  • Stanley Community Association- to purchase household items for families in need as a result of the Stanley tornado.
  • Stanley Fire and EMS Department- to purchase 6 handheld radios for future crisis preparedness

Coronavirus Pandemic Response:

  • Cadott Public Library- Occupational and Mental Health Materials
  • Chippewa Falls Mission Coalition- Laundry debit cards for Lighten Your Load Project
  • Cornell School District- to purchase Amplify Reading curriculum
  • Legacy Community Center- cover expenses for "to go" containers
  • Open Door Clinic- Meet to Eat fundraiser shortfall support

View an entire list of grants disbursed from this fund since inception

2021-2022 Fiscal Year Grants (July 1, 2021- June 30, 2022):

  • American Red Cross of NW Wisconsin- to support reimbursement costs related to Stanley tornado response
  • Cadott Public Library- Occupational and Mental Health Materials
  • Chippewa Falls Mission Coalition- Laundry debit cards for Lighten Your Load Project
  • City of Stanley Police Department- to purchase a radio tower, antenna and repeater for future crisis preparedness as a result of the Stanley tornado
  • Cornell School District- to purchase Amplify Reading curriculum
  • Feed My People- food credit for Fruit of the Vine Food Pantry to assist those in need who were impacted by the Stanley tornado
  • Fruit of the Vine Food Pantry- to purchase hygiene products for increase needs as a result of the Stanley tornado
  • Legacy Community Center- Cover expenses for "to go" containers
  • Open Door Clinic- Meet to Eat fundraiser shortfall support
  • Stanley Area Food Pantry- to purchase food items for those in need who were impacted by the Stanley tornado
  • Stanley Community Association- to purchase household items for families in need as a result of the Stanley tornado

2020-2021 Fiscal Year Grants (July 1, 2020- June 30, 2021):

  • 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
  • Children's Wisconsin-Community Services- to purchase IPads with protective cases and hotspots to be used for families in the Building Families Program
  • Chippewa County Criminal Justice- support costs of safe shelter vouchers for individuals in Chippewa County
  • Chippewa County Humane Association- to help with costs associated with purchasing bleach, hand sanitizer, soap and masks
  • Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District- support costs for "Welcome Back" COVID safety kits for returning students
  • Chippewa Falls Public Library- to purchase materials to create a Safe Indoor Play Area
  • Chippewa Falls Senior Center- to support costs of PPE and sanitation supplies
  • Chippewa Falls YMCA- to provide support to School Age Childcare Programs
  • Chippewa River Industries- to purchase Laptops and a projector/screen to assist with pre-vocational services
  • Chippewa Youth Hockey Association- to purchase sanitizer and cleaning supplies to be used in the locker rooms
  • DR Moon Memorial Library - support to purchase 4 iPads and hotspots; support costs of homebound library deliveries and staff costs associated with this program
  • Girl Scouts of Northwestern Great Lakes- support costs of virtual programming for Chippewa County Girl Scouts
  • Hope Village- to purchase sanitation supplies, laundry gift cards and laundry detergent for Tiny House guests
  • LE Phillips CDC Outreach Office- Chippewa Falls- rent assistance for Chippewa County families in need
  • Literacy Chippewa Valley- to support the Chippewa County adult literacy educational programing at the Jail and throughout the county
  • Lutheran Social Services- 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- programming related costs for the 2020-21 school year
  • Professional Dental Hygiene- DBA "Bright Smiles"- support PPE costs needed for programming in Chippewa County Schools
  • St Peter's Catholic School- to purchase eight 2 in 1 chromebooks for 1st-4th grade students

2019-2020 Fiscal Year Grants (July 1, 2019- June 30, 2020):

  • American Red Cross of Northwest Wisconsin – support for the COVID-19 antibody tests through Chippewa County blood drives
  • Barnabas Ministries – increased meal needs for homebound clients
  • Bloomer/New Auburn Area Food Pantry - stainless steel tables for safe sanitary food distribution
  • Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District- hotspots for students without internet access
  • Chippewa Falls Boys & Girls Club – home learning supply needs
  • Chippewa Falls LE 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
  • 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 an electrostatic disinfectant sprayer & 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 and programming
  • Open Door Clinic - purchase PPE and help cover costs of prescription medications
  • 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
  • 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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