38 Years of Giving

Octoberfest was founded by downtown Appleton retailers and the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce in 1981 to promote their businesses, improve the community image and showcase the downtown area. The Octoberfest planning committee continues this tradition by awarding grants to local non-profit organizations using proceeds from the prior year's Octoberfest.

If you have questions regarding grants contact Katie Gaffney at the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce (

The Octoberfest committee considers projects that embrace the spirit with which Octoberfest was founded. Certain criteria must be met to apply. Applications are reviewed three times per year and a final report is required. We also only consider awarding grants for the same project for three consecutive years - with a year off before an organization can re-apply for the same project to be funded.

Get Involved Volunteer Today

Octoberfest needs your help. From bartenders to block captains, from marking streets to help with parking we are always in need of volunteers.

Get your friends together and visit our volunteers page to see what's available. You'll be helping Octoberfest help hundreds of non profit organizations along with the other great causes that we support.