Capital Credit Union CEO Laurie Butz shakes hands with Elevate Communities Program funds recipient

Elevate Communities

The Capital Credit Union Elevate Communities program is used to support initiatives brought forward by civic organizations, municipalities and other service organizations, in order to fill financial limitations that may hinder them from obtaining life-saving resources or doing projects of need. 
The 2023 application period is now closed.

It all started in 2017. A local fire department purchased a new fire truck but wasn't able to use it until they could fundraise the remaining cost for equipment. When we heard about the cause, we knew we had to act. Capital CU donated the remaining funds, and now the truck is used to protect the community.

Situations like these are happening every day and are the purpose for Elevate Communities - to assist civic groups, municipalities, and other organizations in efforts to support the needs of a group or local community

2023 Recipients

In 2023, we gave 11 projects $100,000 to make a difference in their local communities. Congratulations to the following recipients: 

  • Appleton Fire Department – Infrared Laser Natural Gas Detector
  • Ashwaubenon Department of Public Safety – OSCR360 Project
  • Crooked Lake Volunteer Fire Department – Dry Hydrant Installation
  • Ephraim Fire-Rescue Association – Update Rescue Equipment
  • Grand Chute Fire Department – Personal Protective Equipment Upgrades
  • Green Bay Police Department – Community Police E-Bikes
  • Little Chute Fire Department – Front-loading Turnout Gear Extractor System & Drying Cabinet
  • Oconto Falls Police Department – School Safety & Trauma Kits
  • Oshkosh Fire Department – Lithium-Ion Battery Car Fire Blanket
  • Suamico Fire Department – Confined Space Rescue Kit
  • Town of Neenah Fire Department – Structural Fire Fighting Boots

HEar Their Stories

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Green Bay Police Department

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Gear Washers and Drying Racks

Friends of Appleton Fire Department

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SWAT Equipment

Green Bay Police

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Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue logo
Rescue Boat Replacement

Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue

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Through this program, subject to the availability of funding, Elevate Communities provides a limited number of project funds to enhance the quality of life in communities, improve services offered by organizations, and help provide funding to projects and tools that may not otherwise be obtainable. The partnership is established between the recipients and Capital Credit Union for a pre-determined amount of time depending on project need. This encompasses employee volunteer work (if requested), project materials, time on project, marketing, communication, and more. This will be determined by recipients and Capital CU prior to funding.

This program is not to be viewed as an ongoing funding resource. The Elevate Communities program may be discontinued at any time.

Suamico Fire Department staff pose with AED device in front of fire truck


  • Application forms must be completed.
  • Forms must be submitted by a representative, who has permission on behalf of a civic group, municipality, or other organization, to present the request and needs of a group or community.
  • Recipients must be willing to work with Capital CU on marketing, communication, and help determine the funds and timeline that works best for both organizations.
  • Recipients can submit multiple applications, but only one project will be selected in submitted year from the recipient.
  • Recipients’ organizations and projects should serve Capital's region of Northeastern Wisconsin. This would include the counties of: Brown, Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca and Winnebago.