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The Foundation provides funding through Strategic Grants and Responsive Grants. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant requests.

Strategic Grants

The majority of investments are directed by the Foundation Board and are designed to create measurable impact in three priority areas:

  1. Every Child Thrives
  2. Healthy Living
  3. Social Emotional Development of Youth

Recent Strategic Grants include:

Church Health Services Pediatric Dental Access - CHS $49,000.00
Community Dental Clinic Pediatric Dental Access - CDC $25,000.00
Dodgeland School District Dodgeland Social & Emotional Learning Strategic Action Plan $39,475.00
Dodgeland School District Strive for Five Attendance Campaign $820.00
Jefferson County Human Services Community Response/Prevention Social Worker Action Plan $136,500.00
Jefferson County Human Services JCHS Grant Writer $3,394.00
Johnson Creek School District Whole School, Community, Child $24,054.00
Reading & Math/Wisconsin Reads Douglas School $10,000.00
School District of Jefferson WI School Mental Health Framework Implementation - SDOJ $54,800.00
Waterloo School District Scratch Kitchen Conversion $116,811.00
Watertown Unified School District Attendance Grant WUSD $2,898.00
Watertown Unified School District Creating a Culture of Continuous Quality Improvement $34,000.00
Watertown Unified School District Playworks - WUSD $87,290.00
Watertown Unified School District WI School Mental Health Framework Implementation - WUSD $90,000.00
Wi Alliance for Infant Mental Health Pyramid Model Implementation - WttnDodge $30,780.00
YMCA at Pabst Farms Great Escape $18,000.00

Responsive Grants

Click here to view awarded 2017 Spark! and Changemaker Health Grant Awards, 2018 Spark! Health Grant awards and 2018 Changemaker Health Grant awards.

The Foundation periodically releases Requests for Proposals to invite partners to submit funding requests in our areas of focus. These projects are driven by community organizations, with GWCHF providing funding to support implementation of proven and innovative practices. Requests for proposals are communicated through the Foundation newsletter, Facebook and our website. Like our Facebook page and/or sign-up for our newsletter to stay informed of upcoming grant cycles.

The GWCHF serves the residents of Dodge and Jefferson Counties with priority given to projects impacting the communities served by the following school districts: Dodgeland, Hustisford, Ixonia, Jefferson, Johnson Creek, Lake Mills, Waterloo and Watertown.

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GWCHF Grant Making Policies

A. Eligibility Guidelines

All funded projects must serve residents of Dodge and Jefferson Counties with priority given to those most greatly impacting residents of the following school districts: Dodgeland, Hustisford, Ixonia, Jefferson, Johnson Creek, Lake Mills, Waterloo and Watertown.

Eligible organizations include 501c(3) designated non-profits and governmental agencies including schools. Religious organizations are invited to apply for funding for activities that benefit the larger community. Individuals and for-profits are not eligible for funding.

B. GWCHF's Objective: Measurable Improvements in Health and Wellbeing

We are looking to invest in:

C. What We Fund:

D. What We Do Not Fund:

We are unable to fund:

While GWCHF does not contribute to "bricks and mortar" fundraising campaigns, GWCHF's directed initiatives may include capital investments which promote health equity and are:

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Health equity is the attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Health equity efforts ensure all people have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to lead healthy lives.

E. Grant Making Processes

  1. Each grant cycle, the foundation will develop a formal Request for Proposals which outlines objectives, the application process and timeline, funding available and criteria for decision making. GWCHF anticipates offering one grant cycle each year. The foundation does not accept proposals outside of the annual grant cycle.
  2. GWCHF will hold in person and/or web workshops to inform potential applicants about the cycle's objectives and processes.
  3. GWCHF seeks to collaborate with grant seekers and invites applicants to participate in proactive dialogue with the foundation as the grant proposal is being developed.
  4. All applicants will complete an on-line grant application process.
  5. The Board will provide final approval of all awards.
  6. GWCHF reserves the right to determine the amount of each grant awarded, the timing of payments and reporting requirements.

GWCHF makes an effort to minimize sponsorships so that it can use its resources to drive focused improvements in health. However, on a very limited basis, the Foundation will sponsor an educational event or conference if it:

GWCHF will not sponsor fundraising events or purely social events. Any events sponsored by the Foundation must be located in Dodge or Jefferson County or provide information or resources to a large number of Dodge and Jefferson County residents.