Elevate Communities


with a fire truck

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 donated the remaining funds, and now the truck is used to protect the community. 

Suamico Fire Dept. receives Elevate Communities Program funds for AED equipment replacement.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. 

In 2022, we gave 8 projects over$100,000 to make a difference in their local communities. They included: 

  • Brown County Sheriff Marine Unit
  • County Rescue Services
  • Friends of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Greenleaf Volunteer Fire Department
  • Howard Fire Rescue
  • Oshkosh Fire Department
  • Shawano Police Department
  • Sturgeon Bay Police Department


The Capital Credit Union Elevate Communities program is used to develop and/or support initiatives brought forward by civic organizations, municipalities and other service organizations to fill financial limitations that may hinder a community from obtaining items or doing projects of need. Through this program, subject to the availability of funding, the Elevate Communities program 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 be possible to obtain without this funding.  Elevate Communities offers a partnership to be established between the recipients and Capital Credit Union for a determined amount of time set by project need. This encompasses employee volunteer work, if requested, project materials, time on project, marketing, communication and more. This will be determined between recipients and Capital prior to funds being dispersed.

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


  • Application form 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 on marketing and communication, and how the project funds and timeline would work 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.


Last Updated Date: March 31, 2022

Open Date for Applications: Jan. 1, 2022 - March 31, 2022

Award Ceiling: $100,000

Award Floor: $5,000