WEST-BEND-LOGO.jpgWest Bend civic leaders Cliff Nelson and R. Douglas Ziegler believed that people ought to give back to the community in which they live. In 1999, the two men put their words into action by launching the West Bend Community Foundation, a Greater Milwaukee Foundation supporting organization that is a permanent charitable endowment serving the greater West Bend area.


2020 West Bend Community Foundation “relief and general operating grants”

We are amidst unprecedented times and the West Bend Community Foundation is looking to expedite their grant process with “relief and general operating grants” to help nonprofits during this difficult time.  The program will use a streamlined online application process.

Guidelines & Requirements

Application timeline

April 1

Applications available

April 15

Application deadline (11 p.m. CST)

April 24

Applicants notified of final funding decision


  • Preference will be given to agency programs/services that are providing direct support to the community and the COVID-19 pandemic. This means basic human needs, emergency relief, or relevance to current circumstances.
  • Your request can be for general operating support.
  • Agencies must provide documentation of other “relief funding” applied to, or received from, and indicate what source.


  • Organizations must be considered charitable organizations as determined by the IRS internal revenue code 501(c)(3) and submit IRS determination form
  • All questions in the application must be answered

Selection process

  • Selection of recipients will be authorized by the West Bend Community Foundation Board, and priority will be given to basic human needs and programming arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Not all projects will be funded
  • Award letters will include award amounts and reporting requirements

Project Timeline and Final Reporting

  • Projects and support must occur between April 15, 2020 – Dec. 31, 2020. Projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2020, or an extension must be filed.

How to apply 

Organizations applying for the first time must complete Grants Portal Setup. Not to be confused with the application itself, the profile provides necessary general information about your agency that is not contained in the grant application.

When applying for a grant, you may either select the West Bend Community Foundation’s “New Project Application” or “Operating Support Application”, as only one application per agency is permitted.  For organizations applying for operating support, please read the following for the Operating Support Application (PDF).

Key information

Required attachments

  • Prior fiscal year actual income and expense statement
  • Most recent audited financial statement and notes
  • Most recent federal form 990

Grants Portal Access

Contact us

For questions about the application process contact Danielle Breen.