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Community Foundation awards more than $525,000 in Community Enhancement Grants in 2021

Community Foundation awards more than $525,000 in Community Enhancement Grants in 2021


Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin

Sue Nelson | Program Officer



December 22, 2021

Community Foundation awards more than $525,000 in Community Enhancement Grants in 2021

[WAUSAU, WI, December 22, 2021] — The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin announced that in 2021, thirty-one charitable causes have received Community Enhancement Grants totaling more than $525,000. 

Community Enhancement Grants address the tangible needs of nonprofit organizations and new initiatives that foster a vibrant and livable community for all. These grants provide support in the areas of the arts, education, health, human services, and resource preservation – enhancing every area of life for people throughout Marathon County. 

"The Community Foundation is dedicated to being good stewards of the contributions that have been entrusted to us, and we are very proud of the grants that have been awarded this year," stated Ann Werth, chair of the Community Foundation's Distributions Committee. "With a board that is forward-focused, we anticipate these grants will enhance our area today and for years to come."

Community Enhancement Grant applications are reviewed quarterly. The next deadline is March 1, 2022. Grants range in size from $1,000 to $100,000, depending on the proposal's scope. Applicants are strongly encouraged to speak with Foundation staff before applying. Visit here for more details. 


About the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin: 

Since 1987, the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin has been connecting the passions of philanthropists with the purposes of nonprofits for local community impact. With over 34 years serving the north central Wisconsin region, the Community Foundation leads and inspires philanthropy to enhance the quality of life for generations to come. The Community Foundation has over $79 million in current assets and prudently manages 431 funds. Through its commitment to excellence in donor investment, the Foundation received $7 million from donors in 2020 and distributed more than $5.2 million that same year to support nonprofits throughout our area. 

2021 Community Enhancement Grants:

319 Gallery:  $2,000

Gallery enhancements

Achieve Center:  $25,000

Treatment focused childcare facility

Angel of Hope Memorial Garden:  $2,500

Bench in the memorial garden

Athens Area Trail Association:  $10,600

Odyssey Trail improvements

Beyond Pencils & Crayons Fund:  $25,000

Classroom enrichment grants

Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area:  $50,000

Renovation of the Caroline S. Mark Center

Bridge Street Mission:  $1,000

Pest control maintenance

Central Wisconsin Educational Theater Alliance:  $2,000

Theatre support - sewing machine

Central Wisconsin Off-Road Cycling Coalition:  $15,000

Sylvan Hill Mountain bike park improvements

Children's Imaginarium:  $25,000

Children's museum capital campaign support

Christmas in July Charity:  $5,000

"Starry Starry Night" ceiling lights for sedation and recovery rooms

Community Arts Grant Fund:  $25,000

Support for the arts in Marathon County

DC Everest Area Education Foundation:  $65,300

Sports Performance and Recreation Center capital campaign support

Good News Project, Inc.:  $25,000

Facility improvements

Hmong American Center:  $3,000

Community room furnishings

Lake DuBay Lions Club Park:  $21,200

Accessible fishing pier

Little Lions Childcare:  $10,000

New community child care playground

LuCille Tack Center for the Arts:  $15,000

Theatre equipment 

Marathon County Historical Society:  $5,600

The Roaring 20s:  Flappers and Farmers in Marathon County traveling display

McLit: Marathon County Literacy Council:  $30,000

Multicultural literacy center

Mosinee School District:  $10,000

Mosinee Elementary School playground accessibility

Rise Up Central Wisconsin:  $5,000

Women's Community Mural at Whitewater Music Hall

Rise Up Central Wisconsin:  $10,000

Rise Up HUB located within Whitewater Music Hall

Robert W. Monk Gardens:  $2,600

Golf cart to provide an inclusive experience for all

Sara's Storybook Garden:  $25,000

Development of the Storybook Garden at Monk Botanical Gardens

Town of Rib Mountain:  $12,500

Sandy's Bark Park expansion

Village of Edgar:  $7,500

Scotch Creek Woodland Preserve Trail Groomer

Village of Marathon City:  $25,000

Marathon Baseball / Softball Complex and Veteran's Park

Wausau Child Care, Inc.:  $6,592

Westside infant playground and classroom renovation

Wausau Events:  $17,700

Events trailer and electrical needs for community events

Wausau River District:  $5,000

Speakers to enhance downtown events

Wausau Events:  $3,720

Hand sanitizers and a contactless payment system

Wausau River District:  $10,000

Banners to honor and observe culturally significant months

YWCA of Wausau:  $25,000

Mosaic of North Central Wisconsin

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