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DCCF
Sustainability Grants
Grant Guidelines

The Women’s Fund of Door County builds, enriches and nurtures the lives of women and girls through collective wisdom and philanthropy. The Women’s Fund of Door County is a comprehensive resource established to promote community-wide understanding of the status of women and girls to improve their quality of life.  

There is no minimum or maximum grant amount, but we anticipate awarding multiple grants during each Sustainability Grant cycle with an average grant of $2,000.

Priority will be given to applications that:
  • Provide education and information
  • Build self-esteem and dignity
  • Support solutions for critical issues 
  • Are research-based and data-driven with a focus on solutions

The Women's Fund promotes and supports certain best practices in the charitable community. Therefore, special consideration will be given to applications that 
1. are collaborative and bring organizations together to accomplish a goal; 
2. are innovative and offer a new or unique approach to addressing women's issues; 
3. are inclusive and consider the community's diversity by engaging diverse populations;
4. demonstrate that women and/or girls are involved in its planning and implementation.

Each charity is limited to one application per Sustainability Grant cycle. However, charities may submit applications in successive grant cycles or to the other granting programs of the Community Foundation that might be open at the same time.


Apply for a Grant

  • If women and/or girls are involved in the planning and/or implementation of your initiative, please describe how under "Special Consideration" (Section 9) of the Common Grant Application Form. Note that this is not required but will earn your application special consideration.

The Chief Executive of your organization must review the entire Application Packet and sign the Application Form accordingly. This is an important step in the process as on occasion we have received applications that were submitted without the knowledge of the charity's senior management. To protect your organization and ours, we now require that your Chief Executive review your Application Packet before we will consider it.

For purposes of this application, the "Chief Executive" is generally the highest ranking paid staff person in your organization. In many charities it is the Executive Director or President & CEO. For schools, the Principal must sign the Application Form. For units of government, the highest ranking official such as a Mayor or Village Administrator must sign.

For an all volunteer organization, the Board President should sign the Application Form.

We will accept the typed name and email address of the Chief Executive typed on the Application Form as an "electronic signature" if the Application Packet is submitted by email. However, please note that if it is not an original signature, we may contact the Chief Executive listed on the form to confirm their electronic signature.


Submit Your Application

Submit your completed Common Grant Application Form and any other supporting materials that are required to applications@givedoorcounty.org by the deadline listed in the box to the right.

Alternately, feel free to mail your application to: 

Women's Fund of Door County
c/o Door County Community Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 802 
Sturgeon Bay, WI  54235 

or deliver it to 342 Louisiana Street in Sturgeon Bay by the deadline noted above. 

You should receive an email within 3 business days of our receipt of your application. If you do NOT receive this confirmation within 3 business days, please call (920) 746-1786 to confirm that we received your application materials.

While most applicants to the component funds of the Community Foundation are notified of our decision about a month after the application deadline, the Women's Fund uses a unique evaluation process. Women's Fund applicants should expect to be notified of our decision within 2 1/2 months of the application deadline. Hence, applicants should adjust their timeline accordingly.

All grantees are required to submit a Final Report at the completion of the project or upon the exhaustion of the grant funds awarded by the Women's Fund.

Please contact the Community Foundation if you have any questions or would like an informal assessment of your idea prior to the submission of a formal application.







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To Apply for a Grant
Spring Deadline:
4th Monday of March
4:00 p.m. central time

Fall Deadline:
4th Monday of September
4:00 p.m. central time

1.  Complete the Common Grant Application Form.

2.  If women and/or girls are involved in the planning and/or implementation of your initiative, please describe how under "Special Consideration" (Section 9) of the Common Grant Application Form. Note that this is not required but will earn your application special consideration. 

3.  Submit application materials and supporting materials to 
applications@givedoorcounty.org 

​4.  All grantees are required to submit a Final Report at the completion of the project or upon the exhaustion of the grant funds awarded by the Women's Fund.
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