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Pillar Grants

The 2017 Pillar Grant process is CLOSED!  Thank you to the 20 applicants who submitted proposals for funding!

We introduced our Pillar Grant funding opportunity in 2014, as a way to expand the community impact of our allocation dollars throughout our communities.  Pillar Grants focus on community enhancement projects, community events, and/or support for specific community programs.  A copy of our current Pillar Grant guidelines can be found here and a copy of the 2017 application can be accessed here.

2018 Pillar Grant Process
The exact dates for our 2018 application process will be set in January 2018 (so please check this page then), but a general timeline is provided below.

Mid March 2018: application site will open
Late April 2018: application site will close
Mid May 2018: applications will be reviewed and award announcements will be made

All applications must be completed and submitted online. Please contact our office for log-in access to the site.

2018 Pillar Grant Guidelines will be posted in January 2018
2018 Pillar Grant Application will be posted in January 2018


3/20/17 – Application site opens
4/21/17 – Application site closes
5/16/17 – United Way board of directors review applications
5/19/17 – Grant allocation announcements made


Past Pillar Grant Recipients

2017- $21,000 allocated: Fort Healthcare Therapy & Sport Center Therapeutic Neuroscience Education;  Women Who Care Behavioral Health Pilot Project; Jefferson County Head Start Family & Connections Program; Whitewater LEADS Dolly Parton Imagination Library; Working for Whitewater’s Wellness Fit Kid Shuffle scholarships; The Unity Project Parks & Recreation Sports Festival & Outreach; Friends of Haumerson’s Pond Goal for Goals; Whitewater Little Free Pantry Project updates & expansion to little free pantry; Hoard Curtis Scout Camp tent structure repairs and replacement

2016 – $17,500 allocated: River’s Edge Nature Preserve handicapped accessible fishing pier; Rock River Community Garden; Heroin: Perspectives of Destruction education & resource booklet; Humane Society of Jefferson County KIND News Publication; Working for Whitewater’s Wellness Fit Kid Shuffle scholarships; LINCS Elementary school & community garden; Downtown Whitewater City Market Public Power project; Rainbow Hospice & Fort Healthcare Honoring Choices Cohort training; Fort Atkinson School District emergency safety bags

2015 – $14,085 allocated: Studio 84 Community Connections Program; Big Brothers Big Sister Foster Care Program; Coordinated Services Team Community Outreach Program; Head Start Parent Cafes; Jefferson County Connections Youth Leadership Conference; Jefferson County Master Gardeners community garden; St. Coletta of Wisconsin community garden; Working for Whitewater’s Wellness Fit Kid Shuffle scholarship

2014 – $10,000 allocated: Blackhawk Running Club race equipment; Working for Whitewater’s Wellness Fit Kid Shuffle scholarships; Fort Atkinson Junior Women’s Club ‘This Ride Is On Us’ program; Fort Healthcare mobile railyard playset; Jefferson West Elementary school garden; Jefferson County Connections Youth Leadership Conference