Grantee Spotlights

ECCF works with dozens of nonprofit organizations that positively affect the Eau Claire area. These organizations apply for grants in our four major categories: Create Culture, Form Futures, Give Green, and Offer Opportunities.

The following organizations are just a few of our many worthy grant recipients. These spotlights represent some of the great work being done on behalf of the Eau Claire community.

Create CultureCreate Culture

Grants in the Create Culture Category support programs and organizations that enhance the quality of life in our community through music, literature, visual art, performing arts, and museums.

Featured Recipient: Eau Claire Children's Theatre

The Eau Claire Children’s Theatre is a non-profit, volunteer-driven community theatre providing quality theatrical and educational experiences for western Wisconsin residents of all ages.  Founded in 1989 ECCT provides opportunities for young people as on stage performers and family audience members through mainstage productions, school matinees, touring shows and summer classes. 

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Form FuturesForm Futures

Grants in the Form Futures category fund programs and organizations that provide opportunities for learning and other personal development for both children and adults.

Featured Recipient: Fierce Freedom

Fierce Freedom is a nonprofit organization in the Chippewa Valley that has been educating about the realities of human trafficking and exploitation since 2012. Since its inception, the org has worked to empower thousands to recognize the signs of trafficking, including law enforcement, medical professionals, the academic community, schools, civic groups and more. Their passion to inform the public stems from the belief that education is the key before progress can be made in the fight against human trafficking.

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Give GreenGive Green

Grants in the Give Green category support programs that engage children and adults in activities that improve the quality of our earth; provide fitness, health, and wellness opportunities; benefit animals both domestic and wild; and work to preserve regional ecosystems.

Featured Recipient: Special Olympics Wisconsin

Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities (ID), giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy while participating in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community.

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Offer OpportunitiesOffer Opportunities

Grants in the Offer Opportunities category fund programs and organizations that meet important needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, health services, job training, and disability assistance, for Eau Claire area residents of all ages.

Featured Recipient: L.E. Phillips Senior Center

Whether you look at national, state or local predictive demographic data, it is clear that society is aging. Updated US census statistics state that by 2034, there will be more “seniors” than children 18 and younger in America. That has never happened in our nation’s history, and communities everywhere, including Eau Claire, will be looking for ways to effectively and efficiently engage with the growing number of aging adults. The L.E. Phillips Senior Center has been and will continue to be a valuable community asset that provides significant benefit to older adults and their families.

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