Grant Guidelines & Application Process
The Stateline Community Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in its geographic area including: Beloit, Brodhead, Clinton, Orfordville, Rockton, Roscoe and South Beloit. The Community Foundation makes grants in the areas of: education; health and human services; youth, family and aging; community development; arts and culture; and the environment. Grants are made for programs likely to make a clear difference in the quality of life for a substantial number of people.
The Community Foundation tends to favor projects that:
- propose innovative, creative and practical solutions to both current and emerging community needs
- promote cooperation among agencies without duplicating services
- stimulate others to participate in problem solving
- strengthen an agency’s effectiveness or stability
- address themselves to prevention as well as remediation
Because of limited resources, the Community Foundation cannot respond favorably to all worthwhile causes.
In general, the SCF does not support:
- ongoing operating expenses
- building funds or capital campaigns
- political parties
- endowments and debt reduction
- scholarly research
- annual fundraising drives
- travel grants
- projects outside its area of service
Do you have questions about the Stateline Community Foundation’s grantmaking process? You may be able to find the answer here.
If not, email us or call (608) 362-4228.
What are the eligibility requirements for a Stateline Community Foundation grant?
Nonprofit organizations recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code* are eligible to apply for grants that will benefit the Stateline area including: Beloit, Brodhead, Clinton, Orfordville, Rockton, Roscoe and South Beloit.
*Organizations that have had tax-exempt status suspended by the Internal Revenue Service are not eligible to receive grants from the Stateline Community Foundation.
What does the Stateline Community Foundation support?
The Community Foundation provides funding in the areas of education; health and human services; youth, family and aging; community development; arts and culture; and the environment.
What’s the Difference Between a Discretionary grant and a Community Impact Program grant?
A Discretionary Grant is designed to provide immediate funding of $1,000 or less. Just submit a Discretionary Grant Letter of Inquiry and you will be notified of the status.
Community Impact grants are for those organizations seeking more than $1,000.
How can I receive a Community Impact grant application?
Start by submitting a Community Needs Letter of Inquiry.
This pre-application will inform the Community Foundation about the community need your organization wishes to address, provide you with an opportunity to outline the project idea, and help your organization create the most competitive application possible.
All grant correspondence is submitted online.
Does the Stateline Community Foundation have funding priorities?
Yes. The Community Foundation’s encourages programs and projects that are innovative, promote agency cooperation, stimulate problem solving and strengthen the Stateline area.
Does the Stateline Community Foundation accept capital and operational grant requests?
Yes, but resources are limited. The Community Foundation should not be relied upon for ongoing operational support.
How are grant decisions made?
Grant proposals are reviewed by the Community Foundation’s staff, then by the Grant Committee. Final approval is given by the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors. The Committee and Board are comprised of knowledgeable community members.
When are grant decisions made?
Grant decisions are made approximately 6-8 weeks after the grant proposal submission deadlines. An organization may receive full or partial funding, or may be denied funding.
Can an organization reapply if the grant request is denied?
The Community Foundation does not reconsider applications for projects that have been denied funding. However, some applicants may be invited to revise and resubmit the request. Applicants may apply for funding for a different project that better fits the Community Foundation’s funding priorities.