Applying for Field of Interest Funds

What is a “Field of Interest Fund,” and what does it mean to you?


Field of Interest Fund: “A fund held by a community foundation that is used for a specific charitable purpose, such as education or health research”

What it can mean to your grant application:  The Eau Claire Community Foundation holds several Field of Interest Funds (listed below).  In many cases, grant requests that match a Field of Interest Fund’s purpose will be given extra consideration. If you see one that’s relevant to your grant proposal, you can mention it in your application. Doing so won’t guarantee funding, but it might give your proposal an advantage during the final decision-making process.

Field of Interest Funds held at the Eau Claire Community Foundation

Access Eau Claire: : This fund designed is to aid nonprofit organizations who want to make their facilities, programs and activities accessible to people with disabilities in Eau Claire County. Physical, electronic, attitudinal, and communication accessibilities will be considered, as well as outreach to people with disabilities.

Aubre’s Fund: This fund is intended for programs and asset purchases/improvements which enhance the quality of life for children and companion animals in the Greater Eau Claire Area.

Children’s Legacy Endowment Fund: This fund is intended for nonprofits that provide programs benefiting children.

Daniel and Mary Ann Ogan Educational Fund: This fund grants to educational programs in Eau Claire.

Denise Murch Memorial Fund: This fund supports nonprofits that meet basic needs (food, shelter, medicine, etc.)

Edna Hood Memorial Fund: This fund supports programs related to literacy and/or the arts.

Jim and Kathy Pinter Mental Health Fund: This fund grants to to support nonprofit organizations dealing with adult and youth mental health issues, including education, prevention, research, and treatment.

John and Jane Lokken Fund:  This fund supports arts and culture, recreation, or administrative expenses.

Junior League of Eau Claire Endowment Fund: This fund grants to projects promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Mayo Clinic Health System Children’s Health Fund: This fund supports children’s health.

Michael Lund Memorial Fund: This fund focuses on granting to programs that provide youth physical and mental health services.

Nellie and John I. Kaiser Memorial Fund: This fund is used to support grants for projects and programs that enhance children's literacy.

Public Gardens Fund: :This fund supports landscaping with Wisconsin trees, shrubs, and perennials; planting flower gardens of all kinds; and maintaining or enhancing existing plantings in nonprofit and publicly owned gardens and parks.

S.S. Safari All-Star Fund: This fund supports dog behavioral training and enrichment of shelters, foster care, and canine cancer research.

The Thurston “It’s the little things” Family Fund: :This Fund is focused on promoting the psychological well-being of people ages 65 and up. It supports innovative programs that encourage new approaches to meeting the individual needs of elderly people, including addressing the isolation that many of them face.

Victoria E. Finstad Fund: This fund supports the Ager House as well as local organizations that emphasize Nordic culture (music, dance, education, lectures, genealogy, etc.)