Community Development


UWEX Cooperative Extension Community Development Educators offer education, research and process solutions to government, business and non-profit clients. education, research and process solutions to government, business and non-profit clients in 68 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.


Nonprofit Leader Conversations

UW-Madison Extension and UW-Green Bay will be providing the opportunity for nonprofit leaders to discuss different topics facing nonprofit organizations in Northeast Wisconsin.  These Nonprofit Leader Conversations will be held via Zoom on the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 9:00-10:00 am.  The first topics and registration at available below and at

Communication Strategies

September 14, 9:00-10:00 a.m., Zoom

Your board is asking for it, but how do you know the right combination of efforts to build awareness and create results? Join Bridget Krage O’Connor, president/owner of O’Connor Connective to learn ways you can look at the strategy behind your communication efforts – and still stay sane!  Register:

Donor Prospect & Wealth Screening

September 28, 9:00-10:00 a.m., Zoom

How do you determine the potential giving capacity of donors? Watch a demo of one wealth screening tool and learn how your nonprofit might benefit from the rich data it provides. Consultant Tonya Dedering, Principal, Vigeo Nonprofit Advising & Coaching will provide examples of how nonprofits can use the data to be the most effective fundraisers.  Register:

A Funder’s Take on Grantmaking

October 12, 9:00-10:00 a.m., Zoom

Join a discussion with Madison Darling of the Provident Health Foundation in Marinette, Wisconsin, to consider the perspective of grant makers.  What are their interests and what to consider in a grant application and the investment opportunity that is being proposed?  Register:

Positive Organizational Culture

October 26, 9:00-10:00 a.m., Zoom

Executive Director Lisa Kogan-Praska of the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay will be our guest for a conversation about positive organizational culture.  Register:

Receive an Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

Registration is open for the Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Certificate.  The first class, Building a Strung Fund Development Program, will be held on the morning of Friday, September 22.  UW-Madison Extension will be teaching the Developing Active Board of Directors class on October 13.  The other classes are Foundations of Financial Management, Human Resource Management, and Marketing & Communication Strategy.  Upon completing the classes and a capstone project, you can receive a digital badge from UW-Green Bay.  For more information visit:

UW-Madison Extension is offering a Grant Wiring Basics Virtual Workshop in Spanish, Hmong/Hmoob, and English.  The workshop is being offered the morning of Thursday, September 14, from 10:00 am – noon and repeated on the evening of Monday, September 19, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  Key takeways include: The outline of a common grant proposal, where to look for funding for your organization, and the most common grant writing mistakes.  To find out more and register visit:

Wisconsin Help for Homeowners Program – Applications Open

WHH LogoThe Wisconsin Help for Homeowners program has so far distributed over $10 million to help more than 1,800 Wisconsin homeowners stay in their homes, catch up on bills, and avoid foreclosure.

The program is open to individuals and families who live in Wisconsin with overdue housing-related bills, both with and without a mortgage, who meet income and other eligibility requirements, and have experienced a qualified economic hardship since January 21, 2020.

Applications and additional information is available at:

Main Street Bounceback Grants Deadline Extended – 5,200 Businesses Helped

Main Street Bounceback GrantsGov. Tony Evers has announced that an additional $25 million will be invested into the Main Street Bounceback Grant Program.

The program has already helped more than 5,200 small businesses and nonprofits in all 72 counties in Wisconsin. This additional investment will enable 2,500 more small businesses and nonprofits to move or expand into vacant commercial spaces across the state. The deadline to apply for a Main Street Bounceback Grant has been extended to December 31, 2022. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all the funds are disbursed.

Grant funds are available as part of the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) and distributed by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) regional partners. Businesses must apply through the partner organization for the region in which they are located. The program is open to new or existing businesses opening a new location or expanding operations in a vacant commercial property where the lease commences, or sales contract closes, on or after January 1, 2021 and on or before December 31, 2022.

Additional information about the Main Street Bounce Back Grants is available here:

Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program – Help Is Still Available

The Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program (WERA) provides up to 18 months of assistance with current or overdue bills to help households that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic avoid eviction. More than 30,000 Wisconsinites have already received help with rent, utilities, and internet or broadband statewide. Help is still available for eligible households through WISCAP agencies and Energy Services. The program is funded by the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program and administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration.

Additional information about the Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program is available here:


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If you have any questions regarding Community Resource Development in Kewaunee County, please contact:

Patrick Nehring
Community Development Educator

Erin Dahle – Program Assistant
Phone: 920-388-7141