Our Mission

We are dedicated to improving the lives of women, girls and all members of the communities of Winnebago County through philanthropy, grant making and education.


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Grant Calendar

Please check back soon for information on the 2017-2018 grant cycle.


Women’s Fund 2016-2017 Grants Overview


To support the women and girls of Winnebago County by making resources available for causes of interest to women, fostering among women a sense of empowerment and philanthropy, and increasing awareness throughout the community of the importance of women’s issues.
Geographic scope: Organization may lie outside of Winnebago County, but the grant must affect women and girls in Winnebago County.

Range of grantmaking: Grant awards will range from $2,500 to $30,000 with the possibility of multi-year awards.
Grant application deadline: January 6, 2017
Grant decisions: End of February, 2017
Contact: Karlene Grabner / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 920-426-3993


The Women's Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a partnership of donors, grantees, and volunteers working to advance the status of women of all ages in Winnebago County, Wisconsin. Through grantmaking and fund development, the Women's Fund strives to create measurable social change in the areas of education, economic self-sufficiency, health and well-being, and safety from abuse and crime. All funds under the Women's Fund umbrella are administered by the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.

Our goal is to increase the financial resources available for programs specifically targeted to women in our community. Despite the dramatic advancement of women in recent decades, women are still far more likely than men to be homeless, live in poverty, be unemployed or under-employed, face violence, or suffer with inadequate housing and healthcare. We work to increase literacy, prevent violence, promote economic self-sufficiency, improve physical and emotional health, teach leadership and encourage personal growth for women of all ages.

Funding Priorities

The Women’s Fund has specified four granting goals. The strongest grant proposals will directly address one or more of the following criteria:

Safety from abuse and crime:

  • Violence against women and children
  • Freedom from fear
  • Prevention
  • Training programs
  • Relationships/dating
  • Recovery

Economic self-sufficiency:

  • Support self and family
  • Self-reliance
  • Sustainability
  • Financial literacy
  • Equal access to opportunities
  • Awareness of opportunities
  • Breaking the cycle of poverty

Health and wellbeing:

  • Body image
  • Women’s health
  • Women’s health risks
  • Women’s reproductive rights
  • Maintaining healthy lifestyles


  • Education of our partners and nonprofits
  • Education of our community
  • Education for women and girls

Grant Exclusions

Debt reduction or retirement
Political or lobbying activities

Apply Now!

1. Submit an online grant application form before the application deadline. All applications MUST be submitted online. The project budget template can be downloaded as a Excel spreadsheet (project budget) or Fillable PDF document (project budget)

2. Provide any additional supporting documentation that is requested after your application undergoes an initial review. Documentation might include your 501(c)(3) determination letter, Board of Directors list, organizational income statement or balance sheet, most recent IRS Form 990, etc.

3. If your proposal advances, you may be invited to participate in a grant interview with grant committee members.


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