Apply for a CAE Grant

At the CAE Celebration of Philanthropy event, President Henry St. Maurice recognized Ilse Esveld, President of the Columbus Fall / River Rotary Club, recipient of a 2017 CAE grant to support Project WASH water-education projects in Columbus and Fall River schools.

CAE grants are limited to institutions that serve the people of the Columbus Wisconsin area with nonprofit status.

Grant applications and grant reports are due by September 1st each year.


CAE does not fund:

  • Organizations that practice discrimination;
  • Annual campaigns;
  • Capital grants to support ongoing maintenance and operations;
  • Debt retirement;
  • Endowments not held by CAE;
  • Health care services, including mental health;
  • Lobbying;
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes;
  • Scholarships;
  • Short-term events and celebrations, such as conferences or fundraisers, festivals;
  • Simultaneous requests from the same organization;
  • Substance abuse treatment.

Download the CAE grant application


Types of Grants

  • Program grants that support new programs or expansion of existing programs that have a track record of success;
  • Capital grants that support construction or purchase of facilities, land, vehicles, or equipment.

Grant Guidelines

  • Grants may range up to $6,000
  • Grants must include a cover page, narrative, and budget
  • Grant recipients are limited to one grant per 12-month grant cycle, as set by dates of award letters
  • Grant recipients must submit final reports at least once and more often in some cases
    Download a blank CAE grant evaluation report  
  • Previous recipients whose reports have not been filed will lose eligibility
  • Grants must include proof of nonprofit 501(c)(3) status
  • Grants must include a roster of organization’s board members
  • Grant applications must be submitted by September 1, 2023 to:

Columbus Area Endowment
P.O. Box 423
Columbus, WI 53925

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