Grants Opportunities

  • Colossal Fossils / Hebior Mammoth exhibit

  • Center for the Visual Arts / Kiln addition for pottery classes

  • Central Wisconsin Offroad Cycling / Trail development

  • Friends of Edgar Softball/Baseball / Field development

  • Festival of Arts / 50th Anniversary commemorative sculpture

  • Marathon County Historical Museum / Exhibition signage

  • Hmong American Center / Hmong veterans memorial

  • Central WI Literacy Council / Education software

  • Woodson Art Museum / Docent led tours using iPads

  • North Central Health Care / Aquatic therapy pool

  • Friends of Rib Mountain / Park shelter capital campaign

  • UW-Marathon County / Music rehearsal room upgrades

  • Wausau Events / Event trailer acquisition

  • YWCA Wausau / Child Development Center expansion

  • Wausau Kayak/Canoe Corporation / Course Enhancements

  • Friends of Wausau Hockey / Ice facility improvements

  • NTC / Advanced Mfg & Engineering Center of Excellence

  • United Way of Marathon County / office relocation

  • Catholic Charities / Community Warming Center

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Community Enhancement Grants


Application Procedure and Guidelines

The Community Foundation reviews proposals on a quarterly basis from area nonprofit organizations. Through the generosity of the donors who have given to the Wausau·Marathon County Fund and our Community Enhancement Funds, we provide grants for innovative projects and programs that enhance the vibrancy and livability of our community. Applications are evaluated with consideration to the policies, funding objectives, and mission of the Community Foundation. Download Grant Guidelines

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their ideas with program staff prior to submitting an application. 

Electronic applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. on the first business day in the months of March, June, September, and December to be considered in that grant cycle.

The Foundation favors innovative proposals that:

  • Enhance the vibrancy and livability of the greater Wausau area / Marathon County
  • Apply the Foundation's resources where they will be used wisely to make a long-term tangible difference in meeting a specific community need
  • Demonstrate community impact and outreach
  • Reduce service duplication and promote agency collaboration

We attempt to understand both the specific objectives of a request and the long-term benefits that will be derived by the community if the project is funded. Consideration is given primarily to those organizations that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code.

We do not generally fund:

  • Annual campaigns
  • Operating expenses or losses
  • Debt retirement
  • Endowments
  • Direct support of individuals
  • Lobbying
  • Sectarian causes

Community Enhancement Funds are the Foundation's most flexible resource in providing funding for innovative projects that enrich our community. Through the generosity of our donors, the following grants have been awarded in 2016 for programs that positively impact the quality of life in Marathon County.

Community Enhancement Grants Awarded in 2016


Alexander Airport Park Fund: $12,500
Neighborhood initiative to refurbish Alexander Park into an airport-themed playground 

Alzheimer's Association Wausau Outreach: $3,000
Awareness program conducted through the participation of local hair salons

Big Brothers Big Sisters: $4,955
Technology enhancements to increase program efficiency

Central Wisconsin Off Road Cycling Coalition: $8,075
Acquisition of a mini-excavator for developing and maintaining local mountain bike trail systems

Community Arts Grant Fund: $12,500
Support for visual and performing arts programs throughout Marathon County

Habitat for Humanity: $25,000
Building acquisition for the organization's Recycled Building Materials program

JoJo's Jungle Fund: $25,000
Capital campaign to support a playground for children of all physical abilities

Lutheran Social Services: $2,600
Startup materials for the "Summer Experience" program for at risk youth

Marathon County Conservation, Planning & Zoning Commission: $5,000
Bike fixtation stations

Marathon County Historical Society: $3,800
Digitization workstation for preserving historical documents and stories

Marathon County Sheriff's Department: $7,500
Crisis Intervention Team training

Marathon School District: $4,000
Equipment and supplies to begin a weekend food distribution program for students in need

The Sports Authority: $25,000
Directional signage for the inaugural International Wisconsin Ginseng festival

Village of Edgar: $4,950
Minnow Ponds Park and Beach enhancements

Village of Kronenwetter: $25,000
Development of a pedestrian/bike trail along Old Highway 51

Wausau Events: $1,952
Automated external defibrillator for use at community events in case of an emergency

Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy: $8,000
Support for a study on the ethnic diversity of the Wausau area to facilitate community dialog

Woodson YMCA: $13,000
Acquisition of exercise equipment designed for seniors and individuals with physical impairments

YWCA of Wausau: $9,580
Passenger bus for before- and after-school care program


Alexander Airport Park Fund: $12,500
Neighborhood initiative to refurbish Alexander Park into an airport-themed playground

Habitat for Humanity: $25,000
Building acquisition for the organization's Recycled Building Materials program 


Positive Alternatives: $4,100
Group home for at-risk youth in Marathon County 


Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes: $1,100
Bicycles, helmets, and safety equipment for use at Camp Birch Trails 

Marathon County Historical Society: $7,000
Preservation of Marathon County's family farm history

Positive Alternatives: $4,100
Group home for at-risk youth in Marathon County 

The Salvation Army: $25,000
Passenger van replacement


Raptor Education Group: $2,906
Educational signage for the waterfowl area

Madison Community Foundation:  $2,900
Annual fund allocation to support community programs in Oregon, Wisconsin 


Center for the Visual Arts: $25,000
Renovations to the pottery studio

Wausau River District: $12,950
Temporary stage at Library Park Plaza to provide an additional public entertainment venue

YWCA of Wausau: $10,000
Childcare playground upgrades


Wausau Events: $3,000
Acquisition of a trailer to store the equipment and supplies for the annual ChalkFest event

Wausau Community Theatre: $2,200
Purchase of a panel saw for set construction