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Low Income Matching Grant

Grant applications for applicants seeking matching funding for charitable purposes that will make a positive impact combatting the root causes of poverty in River Falls, Wisconsin. 

Low Income Matching Grant Proposal Application Form


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must serve low income residents in River Falls
  • Must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity exempt from taxation or have a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity exempt from taxation as a fiscal sponsor
  • Understand all information in a grant application is public

Grant Guidelines

Grants to be considered for matching funds include:

  • Start-up costs for the creation of a new program or service to the community.
  • Ongoing programs that address the root cause of poverty in River Falls.  Examples include but not limited to, addiction, domestic violence, education, mental health, and transportation.

Grants will not be awarded to fund:

  • Operational (utilities, wages, mileage, etc.) or recurring costs of the program.
  • Political projects or campaigns.
  • Projects of applicants, or project owners, with taxing authority (e.g. school corporations; units of government).

Grant Funding Cycle and Timeline:

Two, $1000 grants will be available in the spring of 2017 and two additional $1000 grants will be available in the Fall of 2017.  Organizations are eligible to receive one grant per year. 

  • Round 1 application deadline: May 1, 2017
  • Round 2 application deadline: Oct. 16, 2017


Completeness, merit, and quality of the application shall be considered in making grant funding decisions. Important factors include, but are not limited to:

  • Beneficial impact on poverty in River Falls (immediate and/or ongoing)
  • Addressing known and anticipated community needs
  • Number of persons benefited/affected by the proposal
  • Collaboration with other non-profits
  • A clear, complete, and comprehensible statement of particulars:
    • Needs to be addressed
    • Proposed actions to meet the stated needs
    • Stated measurable goals for the requested funding
    • Capability and likelihood of applicant achieving the stated goals of the proposed grant
    • Capacity to raise funds or demonstrate in kind donations (history of successful fundraising, established and/or emerging donor base, etc.)


Complete the following directions to ensure a valid application process:

  • Follow all instructions within application
  • Submit complete application and additional information electronically

Poverty Matching Grant Rules

For every $1 raised by an organization for an approved project, the Low Income Matching Grant program will match $1. For example, if an organization has a project cost of $1,000, the organization would need to raise $1,000 in capitol or in-kind donations to be eligible for a $1,000 matching grant from the Low Income Matching Grant program. 

The matching grants will be dispersed after the May 1, 2017 and October 16, 2017 deadlines. Documentation of raised funds must be received by the application deadline and December 1. 2017.

Money raised for matching dollars must be new money.  Existing money held within the organization or gifts cashed prior to the matching period are not eligible to be matched. 

  • In kind donations are eligible for matching funds.
  • Gifts pledged but not paid prior to the matching period are eligible.
  • The net proceeds from a fundraising event would be eligible for the match. 

Example: An organization is approved for a $500 low income matching grant.  The organization then must raise $500 before the matching grant is awarded.  The organization has a deadline of December 1, 2017 to provide documentation to RFMU to receive the matching grant.

Grant Proposal Instructions

Items to Submit 

Please submit the following items electronically in this order:


Low Income Matching Grant applications are due May 1st and October 16th.  Submission of matching funds by December 1, 2017. 

Grant Timetable

Our grant committee will have a two week period after the grant proposal deadlines to review all the grant applications.

After the review period, the grant committee will convene and determine their grant recommendations.

Approved organizations can expect a phone call or email from RFMU within a week after the committee meeting.