How to Apply

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who is eligible to apply for a grant from The Dudley Foundation?

An applicant must be a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and should not be a private foundation as defined in section 509(a) of the IRS code. The Dudley Foundation does not make grants to individuals or private businesses.

Explain your geographic funding restrictions.

The Dudley Foundation funds nonprofits in Wausau, Marathon County, and Wisconsin. We do not fund any request outside of the state of Wisconsin as per the intention of our founder, Richard D. Dudley, a proud native son of the state.

What size grants do you make?

The Dudley Foundation will make grants ranging in size from $1,000 to $25,000. If a grant request is $10,000 or more we ask that the grantee contact the Dudley Foundation at 715-849-5729 or email info@dudleyfoundationwausau.org prior to applying.

What are the deadlines for submitting grant requests?

The Dudley Foundation accepts proposals throughout the year. The following chart summarizes our board meeting dates and the grant submittal deadlines:


Dudley Foundation Board Meeting Grant Deadline
December 6, 2017 November 22 at Noon
March 7, 2018 February 21 at Noon
June 6, 2018 May 23 at Noon
September 5, 2018 August 22 at Noon
December 5, 2018 November 21 at Noon

Each applicant will be notified in writing of the Dudley Foundation’s final decision regarding its proposal, usually within two weeks after a Board of Directors meeting.

How much information do you need or want?

For a complete and detailed description of what is needed in your proposal packet to the Dudley Foundation, please review the Grant Application Cover Page and Grant Guidelines found at the top of this section and in the resources section. This step-by-step summary will guide you through our proposal process.