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COVID-19 Nonprofit Emergency Capacity Building Grant Fund
($2,500 Per Grant)

The Submission Period For These Grants is CLOSED.
We are working with funders across the state on building another pool of grant funds so that we can provide this opportunity in the coming months. Check this website for updates.
To see who was awarded the first round of grants, click here.


Forward Community Investments (FCI) has committed an initial $50,000 in partnership with Associated Bank to support small nonprofits that have changed their operational model or services due to COVID‐19. This need‐based, micro‐grant program will provide immediate financial support ($2,500 per grant) for capacity building expenses such as:

  • Health and safety supplies for organizations facing newly fluctuating demand.

  • Computer purchases enabling remote work by nonprofit employees.

  • Software and other technology investments supporting distance learning or other remote service delivery model.

We are very supportive and thankful for the many loan and grant opportunities created in response to the pandemic. However, our research indicates that small nonprofits experience significant barriers accessing these funds. The Nonprofit Emergency Capacity Building Fund eliminates these barriers through a grant, not a loan.

Eligibility Requirements:

In order to be eligible to receive one of these $2,500 grants, organizations must

  • Be a 501c3 organization or a project sponsored by another 501c3, located in Wisconsin serving rural communities, serving people of color, low to moderate-income individuals, or other marginalized groups.

  • Have less than 10 FTE's and an annual budget of less than $500,000.

  • Work towards reducing racial and economic disparities.

  • Have an unexpected expense related to COVID-19.

How to Apply:  

Selection Process:

  • We will be accepting applications Wednesday, May 6th - Wednesday, May 20th.

  • Eligible applicants will be placed in a pool and we will conduct a lottery on Friday, May 22nd to identify the awardees.

  • Awardees will be announced on Tuesday, May 26th.   



  • If you have received a Game Changer Grant from FCI in 2020, you are ineligible for the Nonprofit Emergency Capacity Building Grant.

  • Each entity, including subsidiaries, can apply once.

Will this grant be offered again?

  • We are working with multiple funders throughout the state to generate additional resources so that we can offer these grants again. 

  • Please check back on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.

  • To be included in our grant opportunity notification list, contact Tom Behnke at tomb@forwardci.org 

FCI Granting Overview

For more information on funding opportunities and grants contact us.

To contribute to this pool of funds for social justice grantmaking, make a donation today!

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