Application Period Now Open for 2017-2018 Octoberfest Grants

First submission deadline is December 15, 2017

Published Friday, November 17, 2017

The Octoberfest planning committee is currently accepting 2017-2018 grant applications, with the first of three deadlines set for December 15. The application process is open to nonprofit organizations in the Fox Cities with projects designed to improve the community or strengthen the economy of the Fox Cities.


Interested organizations can apply by downloading a grant application at Grant applications are due on December 15, 2017, March 15, 2018 and June 15, 2018. Grants are awarded the month following submission deadlines.


Using proceeds from the previous year’s event, Octoberfest contributes more than $50,000 annually in grants and donations to the local community. Giving back by supporting local nonprofit organizations and funding community projects embodies the true spirit on which the event was founded in 1981.


Octoberfest has supported numerous nonprofits including Appleton Police Department, Appleton Fire Department, Creative Downtown Inc., The Building for Kids, St. Joseph Food Program, the Boys and Girls Club and the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.


In addition to the grant program, more than 100 local nonprofit organizations participate in Octoberfest each year by selling food to raise funds for their projects. For many of these organizations, Octoberfest is their largest fundraiser of the year.


Over the past 36 years, more than $2.5 million has been reinvested into the community as a result of Octoberfest.


The 37th Annual Octoberfest will be held September 28-29, 2018 in downtown Appleton. For more information on the event, including a complete list of activities, visit

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