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The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin announced that 35 charitable causes have received Community Enhancement Grants totaling more than $550,000 in the year 2020.

By: Sue Nelson
Program Officer

17 DECEMBER, 2020

$555,000 Awarded in Community Enhancement Grants in 2020

The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin announced that 35 charitable causes have received Community Enhancement Grants totaling more than $550,000 in the year 2020.

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

“Our board is dedicated to being good stewards of the contributions that have been entrusted to us, and we couldn’t be more proud of the grants that we gave in 2020. Being forward-focused, we know these grants are going to organizations and projects that are enhancing our area each day” states Ann Werth chair of the Community Foundation’s Distributions Committee.

The next Community Enhancement Grant deadline is March 1, 2021. Grants range in size from $1,000 to $100,000 depending on the scope of the proposal. Applicants are strongly encouraged to speak with Foundation staff before applying.


Purpose Grant Amount
Achieve Center

Sound Technology: Audiometer

$      1,126.00

Aspirus Health Foundation

Food is Medicine

$      3,626.00

Athens Advancement and Agricultural Association

Athens Fair Grounds Electrical Safety Upgrade

$    10,000.00

Beyond Pencils & Crayons Grants

Beyond Pencils & Crayons Grants 2020-21

$    25,000.00

Blessings in a Backpack DC Everest – Wausau

Bins for Distributing Food Backpacks

$      2,160.00

Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area

Boys & Girls Club Walk-In Cooler

$      6,296.00

Center for the Visual Arts

Lumberjacks Love Computers, Especially Logging In!

$      5,000.00

Central Wisconsin Off Road Cycling Coalition

Nine Mile County Forest Mountain Bike Trail Improvements

$    15,000.00

Central Wisconsin Water Walkers

Community Dock Upgrade

$    10,000.00

Children’s Imaginarium

Children’s Museum Capital Campaign

$    15,000.00

Community Arts Grants

Community Arts Grants 2020

$    25,000.00

Community Partners Campus

New Nonprofit Facility Capital Campaign

$ 100,000.00


CWIMMA Milestone Program

$      7,500.00

Forest Park Village

Onward and UP-ward

$    15,000.00

GiGi’s Playhouse Wausau

Believe In Our Build

$    25,000.00

Hope Life Center

Technology Upgrades

$      4,300.00

Keep Area Teens Safe (KATS)

KATS Initial Start-up (Phases I & II)

$    25,000.00

LuCille Tack Center for the Arts

Art Gallery Refresh at LuCille Tack Center for the Arts (LTCA)

$      5,650.00

Marathon County Literacy Council, Inc.

Expanding Access to Vital Computing Resources in Wausau

$      5,100.00

Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation

Marshfield Clinic Health System Wausau Pediatric Advocacy Space Remodel

$      8,000.00

MC United

Artificial Turf Satellite Fields Capital Campaign

$    15,000.00

Medical College of Wisconsin

Birthing Simulator for MCW-Central WI Campus

$    14,000.00

Mosinee Community Athletic Association

Mosinee Athletic Complex Field 2

$    15,000.00

Performing Arts Foundation, Inc.

Grand Theater Lighting Project

$    15,000.00

Robert W. Monk Gardens

Sprouts Garden Preschool

$    24,000.00

Samoset Council, Boy Scouts of America

Business & Technology Center

$    10,000.00

St Vincent de Paul Cabrini Conference

St Vincent de Paul Thrift Store Electronic Sign

$    10,000.00

The Neighbors’ Place Inc.

The Safe and Healthy Food Pantry Project

$      6,733.00

The Salvation Army

Lights for Love: Partnership to Serve

$    10,000.00

Village of Marathon County

Marathon Baseball / Softball Complex and Veteran’s Park

$    25,000.00

Wausau Child Care, Inc.

Healthy From the Ground Up!

$      4,000.00

Wausau Conservatory of Music

Technology and Programming Enhancements

$    15,300.00

Wausau Homes Scout Center

Wausau Homes Scout Center Roof

$    25,000.00

Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art

Computer and Main Entrance Door System

$      3,025.00

Wausau School Foundation

Environmental Learning Center at the Wausau School Forest

$    50,000.00

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