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Program Grants will be awarded from the U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation (USV/SFF) to help the disadvantaged, improve the quality of people’s lives, and strengthen our communities.

Range of Grantmaking: The Foundation will consider a broad range of requests including specific program needs, capital or general operating support. No charitable organization will typically receive more than one program grant per calendar year.

Eligibility: Organizations eligible to receive grants from the USV/SFF are those determined by the IRS to be public charities, preferably those with 501(c)(3) status. The USV/SFF gives strong consideration to requests within our giving guidelines that show documented support (email, letters of support, board membership, donor or volunteer activity) from a U.S. Venture team member or shareholder. Northeast Wisconsin is generally defined as Brown, Outagamie, Calumet and Winnebago counties.

Funding Priorities: Consideration is given to needs that fulfill the Foundation’s mission within the following impact areas, listed in priority order:

  • Health and human services: Solutions for those in greatest need of basic needs, either immediate support or long-term opportunities to develop self-sufficiency.
  • Education and scholarship: Solutions that improve the education of children, youth and young adults, especially those that engage the whole family or encourage a safe educational environment.
  • Community development: Opportunities to improve the quality of life in the communities where U.S. Venture has a significant physical presence, especially those that respond to documented community needs and offer a collaborative, communal response to issues.
  • Environment: Solutions that preserve and conserve our natural resources, increase access to these resources, and promote stewardship.
  • Arts and culture: Opportunities that provide access for disadvantaged populations, particularly children, youth or young adults, especially those that cultivate creative learning in our next generation or integrate cultural learning into mainstream educational programs.
  • International relief While the Foundation has a long history of support to U.S. based missionaries working in third world countries, we DO NOT currently accept unsolicited requests in this area, unless the organization has previously received funding.

Program Grants typically will fund the following:

  • Priority will be given to requests that come from U.S. Venture team members or shareholders, particularly from organizations in which they give of their own time, talent or financial support.
  • Requests that demonstrate long-term results for a substantial number of people; on rare occasion, the Foundation will consider support that benefit a few, but only if it makes a significant life difference.
  • Organizations with clarity of mission and a strong focus on effective outcomes
  • Organizations in good health, including financial stability, caliber of staff, and board
  • Preference will be given to programs that have not received funding within the last 18 months from the Schmidt Family G4 Fund or the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs.
  • Requests with support from a broad base of funding sources; U.S. Venture prefers not to be the sole funder of any one project or program.
  • Requests will be accepted year-round, but funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to those activities that best meet all other guidelines.

Program Grants typically will NOT fund the following:

  • Grants to individuals or specific families, to underwrite conference expenses, or to fund medical procedures or research
  • Events that occur before funding is awarded or previously incurred expenses
  • Political organizations or causes                 
  • Requests for support from schools or government agencies
  • Annual meetings
  • Religious organizations attempting to build membership or requiring specific religious affiliation for serves rendered.
  • Capital campaigns for schools, religious institutions, sports facilities, and endowments

Application Materials: If your needs meet the criteria above, please submit all of the following, preferably in one file:

  • A grant application, available here: USV-SFF Grant Application
    Narrative summarizing your request for support, not to exceed two pages including:
    • The mission of the organization
    • How the request supports the organization’s mission
    • Detailed description of the need for support, including number of people served, geographic location of people served, the proposed project schedule (if applicable)
    • Goals and measures of success
    • The total amount needed and other specific sources of funding to meet that need; include other funder name(s) and amount requested/approved
  • Project budget (if applicable)
  • Organizational budget for the most recently completed fiscal year AND current year (include actuals to date)
  • List of the organization's board of directors and city/state of residence
  • List of pending and committed donors

Application deadlines:

All materials must be emailed to Foundation@USVenture.com and received by the Foundation no later than 5:00 p.m. on the dates listed below.

‚ÄčGrant Deadline
April 3, 2017
August 1, 2017
October 2, 2017

Confirmation of receipt of your request will be sent within 48 hours.

Application Process: Submit requested materials to Foundation@USVenture.com by the deadline. Foundation staff will screen requests prior to each board meeting to ensure a fit to its priorities, and will follow-up with any questions or concerns. Depending upon the size or nature of the request, an interview may be required.

Contact us with any questions or to discuss the feasibility of your request before submitting at 920.243.5806 or Foundation@USVenture.com.

Any substantive change in use of funding after grant support has been received must first be approved by the Foundation. Please submit a request IN WRITING to Foundation@USVenture.com.

A 12 month final grant report is required prior to any future requests. USV-SFF Final Report