"I am blessed and honored to come from a city that so highly supports the younger generations and their future studies and ambitions. "

Nicki Smiley, 2013 FAHS graduate, recipient of 4-year Juanita Schreiner Memorial Scholarship, and senior at Kennesaw State University

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The mission of the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation is to receive donations for educational, cultural, charitable, or benevolent purposes and use them to  benefit our residents and enhance the quality of life in the Fort Atkinson area.


Want to Apply for a Grant?

First review the guidelines here.

If you think your organization and project would qualify, please contact Sue Hartwick, program administrator, at (920) 563-3210 or via email at facf@fortfoundation.org, in order to request an application.



Latest News

  • Board bids farewell to retiring director, Phil Niemeyer

    2016-plaque-to-phil-super-croppedAt their final meeting in 2016, the Board of Directors of the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation said goodbye to retiring director, W. Phil Niemeyer. Niemeyer was appointed to the Foundation board in 2011 and served a five-year term culminating Read more…

  • 2017 Scholarship Season Now Open!

    Fort Scholarships Screen Shot2Fort Scholarships – the local, online scholarship application website sponsored by the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation – is now open and accepting applications for the 2017 scholarship season. Local students will find Read more…

  • Foundation publishes 2015-16 Annual Report

    2015-16-facf-annual-reportThe Community Foundation's 2015-16 Annual Report is hot off the presses!  Highlights include grant and scholarship distributions totaling $681,691 and the creation of two new scholarship funds - the Make A Difference Scholarship and the Jim and Lee Vance Scholarship funds.  Read the full report here

  • Foundation awards Karrels AP Computer Science Scholarships

    Ed Karrels recipients revAt the August 2016 school board meeting, teachers Aaron Chamberlain and Dean Johnson presented 15 students with the Foundation’s $1,000 Ed Karrels AP Computer Science Scholarship. These stellar students earned this award by Read more…

  • Early Literacy Stations for Public Library

    2016 Early Literacy ComputerThanks to matching grants from the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation and the Friends of the Dwight Foster Public Library, our local library is now offering two new, award-winning Early Literacy Stations to help young learners get ready Read more…

  • Haukom gift directed to Beautification Fund

    Haukoms2The Fort Atkinson Community Foundation is pleased to announce it has received a gift of $10,000 from the estate of Allan and Wilma Haukom. “A meaningful and most welcome gift,” noted Foundation chairman Dean Brown, “that has been directed to our Beautification Fund where it will Read more…

  • Foundation scholarship awards top $275,000 in 2016

    2016 Meinert Memorial - revIn 2016, the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation awarded a record 102 scholarships helping 73 different local students pursue their educational dreams at every level. The total amount awarded was Read more…

  • Fort Atkinson Senior Center gets A-V upgrade

    2016 Senior Center A-V equipment2The Fort Atkinson Senior Center recently installed a state-of-the-art audio-visual system thanks to grants from the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation and the Rotary Club of Fort Atkinson. The project developed by Chris Nye, director of the Senior Center, includes new cordless Read more…

  • Foundation announces grant awards

    Brietzke wetlandCommunity Grants totaling $32,850 were recently awarded by the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation at its February 2016 Board of Directors meeting. Recipients of these grants are the Fort Atkinson Senior Center, Luther Elementary School, Project Lead, the Ernie Pope Art Show, and the Read more…

  • Lee Vance leaves enduring gift to Foundation

    It is scholarship season at the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation and hence a perfect time to acknowledge the very generous gift behind the Foundation’s newest scholarship fund. Before her death in August of 2015, Lee Vance worked with her husband, Jim, to plan for a sizable gift from Read more…