Grant Opportunities

ECCF and the Women’s Giving Circle (a Fund of ECCF) have competitive grant cycles that support nonprofits in the greater Eau Claire area.  

ECCF is supported by many generous donors. Their gifts grow our endowments, and the earnings fund grants to help meet the ever-changing needs of our area nonprofits. Each endowment fund is as unique as the donor who creates it, names it, and chooses its purpose. ECCF currently holds more than 250 funds. 

A volunteer Grants Committee, appointed by our Board of Trustees, reads the applications submitted and evaluates them based on the their potential benefits to the community. The Committee’s recommendations are presented to the Board of Trustees for approval.

ECCF will offer free trainings on the ECCF and WGC grant cycles; anyone interested is welcome to attend. Please see the Events tab on ECCF's home page for more information.

Grant Opportunities & Cycles:

NEW: Eau Claire area nonprofits can now apply for grants to help them afford professional development opportunities. See the the Royal CU and ECCF Professional Development Grant Information tab for more information.

  • About ECCF's Community Grants

    1. Program Grants fund programs and services that meet important community needs in the greater Eau Claire area. Most of the grants’ impact must be in Eau Claire County. 

    2. Asset and/or Operations Grants fund specific purchases (e.g., a new computer) and improvements (e.g., a website upgrade). They may also support Operations expenses (e.g., salary or cleaning supplies) to keep nonprofits running smoothly during and directly after the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Operations grants are not intended to be a permanent source of support for nonprofits. 

    Any tax-exempt nonprofits that serve the greater Eau Claire area are eligible to apply. See Grantmaking Guidelines for more information.  

  • Community Grant Cycle Information

    ECCF will begin accepting applications for its Community Grant cycle on Nov. 1, 2021. Applications are due Jan. 20, 2022, and awards will be announced in early May.

    Documents for the grant application process:

    If you would like to see PDF versions of the applications, please click ECCF Asset and Operations Grant Application or ECCF Program Grant Application. These copies are for review only; applications must be submitted using the online form in order to be considered for funding.

    You can collaborate on grant requests, so if you’d like other people in your organization to help you with the application, you can click the “Collaborate” button in the upper right hand corner of your application page to invite them. You can read the Collaborator Tutorial for more information.

    A final report on all funded grant proposals is required within 30 days of the grant period’s end. An extension may be requested by the grantee at least 60 days before the end of the grant period and requires ECCF Board approval.

    All applicants must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3), government, or religious organizations in good IRS standing. ECCF will verify each organization’s nonprofit status before considering its application.

    Online Grant Portal   

  • Royal CU and ECCF Nonprofit Professional Development Grant Information

    The mission of the Royal CU and ECCF Nonprofit Professional Development Grant Program is to support Eau Claire area nonprofits by providing funding for professional development opportunities. The grant program will accomplish this goal by giving nonprofits financial support to attend trainings that will educate their staff and Board members.

    Nonprofits may apply for EITHER up to $200 for 1-2 people to attend a professional development event OR up to $400 for a group of 3 or more. Applicants must demonstrate some amount of cash match from their own organizations or another source. In order to serve as many nonprofits as possible, each organization may receive only one Royal CU and ECCF Nonprofit Professional Development grant in a calendar year.

    Nonprofits can apply to this grant cycle in addition to applying for either a Program or an Asset/Operations grant through the Community Grant cycle.

  • Nonprofit Toolkit and Grant Catalog Information

    Are you a staff member, volunteer, or supporter of a nonprofit? Read our nonprofit toolkit for valuable fundraising information and information about the Grant Catalog cycles launched in honor of ECCF’s 25th anniversary.

    Nonprofit Toolkit


    Click here for a free downloadable version of the Nonprofit Toolkit.

    If your nonprofit wants to participate, follow the link below and click on your organization’s name to access your application form. If you don’t see the your organization’s name, contact ECCF Program Specialist Rebecca White Body at or (715) 552-3801 to get added.

    Apply to the Grant Catalog

    Note: Applications are only accepted during the timelines specified in the Nonprofit Toolkit. We can only accept one application per nonprofit in each cycle. Each organization can apply in up to two cycles if it has relevant requests.

  • Women's Giving Circle Grant Cycle

    The WGC will begin accepting applications on April 1, 2022.

    If your nonprofit serves Eau Claire area women and/or children, you can apply for a grant from the Women’s Giving Circle. Click here for more information.

    Online Grant Portal   

Online Grant Portal