FAQs

Who may apply for a grant?
Any public charitable organization that currently is tax-exempt under the Internal Revenue Service regulation 501(c)(3).

How are grants funded?
Grants may be funded by the J. J. Keller Foundation, Inc., the John J. & Ethel D. Keller Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation or the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation.

Will foundation staff personally contact our organization?
Yes, if clarification of the grant request or more information is required. Occasionally, foundation staff will conduct site visits.

When is the deadline for grant requests?
Grant applications are accepted throughout the year. Smaller grant requests  are reviewed monthly; larger grant requests  are reviewed quarterly (March, June, September and December). A response typically will be shared within 30 days after the review.

Is the information we provide private? Will you share or sell our information to anyone?
Your information will not be shared or sold to anyone. The foundation complies with the Internal Revenue Service disclosure rules with regard to grant awards as reported on the annual 990-PF.

Does the Foundation limit grants to a certain geographic area?

The J. J. Keller Foundation is proud to support a wide range of organizations throughout the Fox Valley, from Green Bay to Oshkosh. Organizations outside of the area may receive grants through the Associate Matching Gifts Program.

What are the Foundation’s focus areas?

The primary mission of the J. J. Keller Foundation, Inc. is to provide funding to organizations, projects and programs that will positively impact lives in the greater Fox Valley community of Wisconsin – Oshkosh to Green Bay. 

The focus giving areas include:

  • Basic human needs (food, shelter, clothing, good medical care)
  • Physical and mental health and healing
  • Human services
  • Educational programs (“life skills” vs. schools)
  • Preventative programming
  • Critical community needs

The Foundation generally will not provide funding for:

  • Grants to individuals or schools
  • Raffle tickets, door prizes or table sponsorships
  • Youth/adult sports programs and school activities (teams, booster clubs, golf outings, extracurricular activities, etc.)
  • Endowments
  • Political actions or lobbying efforts
  • Organizations not granted IRS public 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • Capital campaigns