The Octoberfest planning committee recently awarded $36,250 in community grants to 11 nonprofit organizations throughout the Fox Cities.
Grant recipients include: Hope Clinic and Care Center Inc., Project Lab Draw, $2,250; Friends of the Appleton Fire Department, $5,000; Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, Nature Friends till Summers End Program, $1,000; Leaven, Inc., Emergency Financial Assistance Program, $2,500; Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities, Transitional Housing Program, $2,500; Fox Cities Building for the Arts, Angry Apple Pottery Slam, $2,250; St. Joseph Food Program, Inc., Reach for Kids, $5,000; Appleton Parade Committee, Flag Day Parade, $4,000; The Volunteer Center, $1,750; Appleton Downtown Inc., Concerts in the Park Series, $5,000; Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Center Stage High School Musical Theatre Awards Program, $5,000.
Using proceeds from the previous year’s event, Octoberfest, an event of the Fox Cities Chamber, 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.
Over the past 37 years, more than $2.5 million has been reinvested into the community as a result of Octoberfest.
There are two remaining granting periods for 2018. Interested organizations can apply by downloading a grant application at http://octoberfestonline.org/about/grant. Grant applications close on March 15 and June 15, 2018, and are awarded the month following submission deadlines. 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.
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 octoberfestonline.org.