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 offers free trainings for nonprofits on the ECCF and WGC grant cycles. Information will be posted on the Events tab when the Community Grant Cycle opens.
 
If you have questions regarding grants, please call ECCF Program Specialist Rebecca White Body at (715) 552-3801. You can also email her or set up a meeting.

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  • 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 Grants fund specific purchases (e.g., a new computer) and improvements (e.g., a website upgrade). 

    3. Operations Grants help nonprofits meet operating expenses during times of transition, unexpected revenue loss, or unusually high expenses. These grants are not intended to be ongoing sources of financial support. ECCF will accept Operations requests of up to $10,000. 

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

  • Community Grant Cycle Information

    ECCF will begin accepting applications for its Community Grant cycle on Nov. 1, 2022. Applications are due Jan. 20, 2023, 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.

    Applications will be accepted from April 1, 2023, to July 1, 2023. Click HERE to see a PDF copy of the application form. It’s for review only; all applications must be submitted using our online form (available in the Grant Portal) in order to be considered.)

    Nonprofits can apply to this grant cycle in addition to applying for either a Program, Asset, or Operations grant through the Community Grant cycle. They can also apply for an Access Eau Claire grant.

  • Access Eau Claire Grant Information

    Would you like to make your facilities and/or programs more accessible to the 19% of people who live with a disability? (That’s one family out of four with a disability in the family, and half of people over age 65!)
    Consider applying for an Access Eau Claire grant to help fund initiatives such as:
    • Staff training on disability issues
    • Inclusive materials like adapted equipment
    • Special program initiatives to reach out to people with disabilities
    • Materials in alternate formats such as Braille.

    Applications will be accepted from April 1, 2023, to July 1, 2023. Click Access Eau Claire Online Grant Application to see a PDF copy of the application form. It’s for review only; all applications must be submitted using our online form (available in the Grant Portal) in order to be considered.)

    Nonprofits can apply to this grant cycle in addition to applying for either a Program, Asset, or Operations grant through the Community Grant cycle. They can also apply for a Royal CU and ECCF Nonprofit Professional Development grant.

  • Women's Giving Circle Grant Cycle

    The WGC will begin accepting applications on April 1, 2023.

    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