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United Way, Community Foundation Near $1M in Pandemic Grants

20 nonprofits included in latest round of giving

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

The Sculpture Tour Eau Claire is one of the recipients of a "Response and Recovery" grant from the Eau Claire Community Foundation.
The Sculpture Tour Eau Claire is one of the recipients of a "Response and Recovery" grant from the Eau Claire Community Foundation.

The Eau Claire Community Foundation and the United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley recently announced the recipients of the third phase of their “Response and Recovery” grants. These grants support Chippewa Valley nonprofits in their work to cope with the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. The United Way and the foundation collaborated to ensure the grants would have the most impact for meeting the Chippewa Valley’s current needs.

When combined with their earlier phases of pandemic-related giving, this brings the total financial impact of the joint program to almost $975,000.

The United Way gave a total of $54,119 to three nonprofits: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin, Family Support Center, and L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.

The Eau Claire Community Foundation made grants totalling $137,315 to 17 nonprofits: Bolton Refuge House, Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley-Mary Markquart Center, Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley Free Clinic, Chippewa Valley Museum, Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, Eau Claire Children’s Theatre, Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley, Friends of Beaver Creek Reserve, Pablo Center at the Confluence, REACH Foundation, Sculpture Tour Eau Claire, Stand in the Light Memory Choir, The Community Table, The Wellness Shack, Workforce Resource, and the YMCA of the Chippewa Valley.

“Although these collaborative grant cycles have ended, the work of the two organizations has not,” the groups stated in a media release. “UWGCV will continue to support its nonprofit partners, and grants from ECCF will continue to address important community needs.”

Learn more about the Eau Claire Community Foundation at eccfwi.org and the United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley at uwgcv.org.