2021 WCCF Community Grant Awardees
2021 WCCF Community Grant Awardees

Funding for local agencies and nonprofits

The Waukesha County Community Foundation will accept grant requests from qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Discretionary funds used to support grants are currently limited. Only requests from organizations serving the people of Waukesha County will be considered.

Grant criteria

Grants from the Community Grants Fund will support programs in the following broad program areas:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Development
  • Health and Human Services
  • Education
  • Environment and Conservation
  • Historic Preservation

Grants will not be made to individuals or for religious, governmental or political purposes. Grants will not be repeated for the same program or purpose in consecutive years.

The Waukesha County Community Foundation does not fund event sponsorship requests. Also, grants will be declined for programs outside of an organization’s core mission.

The Foundation will give preference to proposals that show collaboration among organizations serving similar clients, strengthen the internal operations of an organization, or impact outcomes on a community basis (collective impact). A typical WCCF grant ranges in size from $1,000 – $10,000.

How to apply

Learn more about the grant application process here.

Past Grant Awards

2021 Grant Awards

ACAP, Inc.
Christmas Clearing Council
Diverse and Resilience
Donna Lexa Arts Center
Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin
Elmbrook Senior Taxi, Inc.
Good Friend, Inc.
GPS Education Partners, Inc.
Greater Milwaukee El Sistema
Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County
Healing Hearts of Waukesha
Hope Center
La Casa de Esperanza
Lad Lake, Inc.
Life Navigators
Prevent Blindness of Wisconsin
Revitalize Milwaukee
Sleep in Heavenly Peace
St Joan of Arc
Tricia’s Troops Cancer Connection
Waukesha Civic Theater
Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum
Wisconsin Hero Outdoors
Wisconsin Masonic Home, Inc.
Wisconsin String Academie
Wisconsin Veterans Network
Your Choice to Live, Inc.

2021 Carl J. Patrinos and Audrey Z. Patrinos Charitable Endowment Fund Grant – $3,800

2020 Grant Awards

Best Buddies Wisconsin
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Milwaukee, Inc
Broadscope Disability Services
Carroll University
Family Promise of Waukesha Co.
Lake Area Free Clinic
Literacy Services of Wisconsin, Inc.
Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan
NAMI Waukesha
Oconomowoc Silver Streak
Pewaukee Area Arts Council
Seniors on the Go Taxi Service
Sharp Literacy, Inc.
The Wildlife in Need Center
Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic, Inc.
Waukesha Choral Union
Waukesha County Land Conservancy
Waukesha Free Clinic
WisHope Inc.
Zachariah’s Acres, Inc.

2020 Carl J. Patrinos and Audrey Z. Patrinos Charitable Endowment Fund Grant – $3,000

2019 Grant Awards

Addiction Resource Council, Inc.
Association for the Rights of Citizens with handicaps (ARCh)
Audio & Braille Literacy Enhancement
Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation
Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County
Down Syndrome Assoc. of WI, Inc.
Elmbrook Humane Society
Elmbrook Senior Taxi, Inc.
Eras Senior Network, Inc.
Girls on the Run of Southeastern Wisconsin
Good Friend, Inc.
GPS Education Partners
Hebron House of Hospitality, Inc.
Hope Center
Housing Action Coalition of Waukesha County
Junior Achievement of WI
La Casa de Esperanza
Lake Country Cares Cab
LindenGrove Foundation
Playworks Education Energized
Plowshare Fair Trade Market & Education for Peace
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin
ProHealth Care Foundation
The Women’s Center, Inc.
UW-Waukesha Foundation, Inc.
Waukesha County Green Team
Wisconsin Hero Outdoors
Wisconsin Veterans Network
WI Association for Home and Community Education – Waukesha County Chapter

2019 Carl J. Patrinos and Audrey Z. Patrinos Charitable Endowment Fund Grant – $26,494.00

2018 Grant Awards

The Waukesha County Community Foundation awarded $164,900 in community grants to 35 area charitable organizations in 2018.

The grants support programs and organizations working in the arts and culture, community development, education, health and human services, historic preservation and the environment in Waukesha County.

The following recipients were successful in completing a competitive grant process:

Adaptive Community Approach Program (ACAP)
Best Buddies
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Milwaukee (BBBS)
Carroll University
Centro Legal
Family Promise of Waukesha County
Food Pantry of Waukesha County, Inc.
Giving Voice to Mental Illness, Inc.
Greater Milwaukee El Sistema
Greater Waukesha Literacy
Hamilton Education Foundation
Healing Hearts of Waukesha County
Jubilate Chorale
Lad Lake
Lake Area Free Clinic
Lapham Peak Friends
Muskego Senior Taxi
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Waukesha, Inc.
Parents Place, Inc.
Pewaukee Area Arts Council
Seniors on the Go Taxi Service
Sharp Literacy, Inc.
The Caring Place, Inc.
Thriving Waukesha County Alliance
Tricia’s Troops Cancer Connection
Vita Nova Inc.
Waukesha Chorale Union
Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic
Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum
Waukesha County Land Conservancy
Wildlife in Need Center, Ltd.
Wisconsin Philharmonic
Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation
YMCA of Greater Waukesha County
Zachariah’s Acres, Inc.

2018 Carl J. Patrinos and Audrey Z. Patrinos Charitable Endowment Fund Grant- $34,500

2021 Grants

2021 Grants Awarded

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