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The UW Arboretum’s Visitor Center (formerly called the McKay Center) is pictured in an aerial view of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus during an autumn sunset on Oct. 5, 2011. The photograph was made from a helicopter looking northeast. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

General Guidelines

The Oscar Rennebohm Foundation (ORF) accepts grant applications from Madison and Dane County, Wisconsin public charities recognized as such by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization.

The Grant Process

The Oscar Rennebohm Foundation requests a brief Letter of Inquiry, submitted through our online GOapply portal. The portal will require you to create an Organizational Profile for a submission. Letters of Inquiry may be submitted at any time throughout the year. It is strongly recommended that your organization contacts the President prior to submission of a Letter of Inquiry to verify that the request meets grant requirements.

The foundation reviews the Letters of Inquiry and invites select organizations, who meet the current areas of focus, to complete a grant form in GOapply. Materials are reviewed by the foundation’s Board of Directors, and grantees are notified of their grant status. Grantees will be asked to return to GOapply to complete a form for payment via ACH through bank accounts.

Please send an acknowledgement of the funds receipt, preferably via email, to the President.

Grantees are asked to provide a very brief check-in form at the completion of their grant period through GOapply.

Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions for GOapply can be answered through this link.

If you have questions or need assistance with the portal or with guidelines, please contact the President, Jenni Jeffress, at 608-492-4282 or

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ORF Funding Focus

The Oscar Rennebohm Foundation provides local charitable organizations with financial support that enhances access to and relevance of education, health care, research, and human services to improve the quality of life for everyone in Madison and Dane County, Wisconsin.

The foundation does not provide funding for:

  • Organizations not granted 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • Grants to individuals
  • Event sponsorships or ticket purchases
  • Youth/adult sports programs, school teams, and extracurricular activities
  • Endowments
  • Political action committees or lobbying efforts
  • Organizations supporting arts and culture, except on a case-by-case basis

Communications from Oscar Rennebohm Foundation are not intended to constitute a notice of award. They do not confer any rights on the recipient nor any obligations on the sender to anaward, grant, or other monetary obligation from Oscar Rennebohm Foundation. If you have been granted an award, Oscar Rennebohm Foundation will send notice bya separate, clear, and unambiguous communication.

Phone: 608.492.4282


PO Box 5187 | Madison, Wisconsin 53705-0187

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