Grants Opportunities

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  • Athens School District / Keeping Our Trails Green and Clean

  • Colby Elementary / Outdoor garden and classroom

  • DCE High School / Accentuate the Positive

  • Mountain Bay / "Light and Color"

  • St. Peter's Lutheran School / "School Rocks"

  • What Makes Wausau a Great Place to Live?

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Beyond Pencils & Crayons Grants

Beyond Pencils and Beyond Crayons Grants are awarded to 4K-12th grade teachers throughout Marathon County to initiate INNOVATIVE and CREATIVE projects and programs that enhance their curriculum. We are currently seeking applications for the 2017-18 school year. Application deadline is September 30. Download grant guidelines.  

Through a competitive review process, our selection committee looks for proposals that:

  • fill a specific need
  • are cost-effective
  • provide educational value, and
  • demonstrate a sense of community.

The Community Foundation is proud to award the following Beyond Pencils and Beyond Crayons Grants from the Wausau•Marathon County Fund for the 2016-17 school year:

D.C. EVEREST JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL: $1,515

Action Civics: Empowering Students to Impact Our Community
This project will actively involve students in the areas of civic responsibility and the political process

D.C. EVEREST JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL: $995

Inspiring Young Women Today through the Voices of Women in History
This project will help students understand the value and contribution of women in history, specifically in central Wisconsin

D.C. EVEREST JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL: $2,500

Wading Into Science: Exploring Local River Systems
Engaging students in river related activities to study our water systems

IDEA CHARTER SCHOOL: $3,500

Student-led STEM Lab
Development of a science lab that will allow students with innovative research opportunities

MARATHON VENTURE ACADEMY: $940

Becoming American Kick-Off
Students will explore various immigration stories that built our country as well as their own heritage

NTC ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL: $806

Ageless Art
Students will connect with senior citizens in this project that will promote an understanding and awareness between the generations by working together to create art

RIB MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: $1,550

Creative Constructors in a Personalized Learning Setting
This curriculum combines math, science, technology, and engineering skills as students problem solve and create solutions to problems through the use of simple robotic cubelets

RIVERSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: $3,500

Early STEM Integration
Kindergarten students will explore the topics of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through various activities

RIVERSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: $1,225

Podcast Production
Students will be involved in the production and broadcast of music podcasts

ST. JOHN LUTHERAN SCHOOL 4K: $350

A Caterpillar's Palette
Students will be involved in creating a garden area that will attract butterflies, as well as hatching their own caterpillars

ST. JOHN LUTHERAN SCHOOL 4K: $1,445

Under the Rainbow
The teacher will utilize a nature based center that will be changed periodically to incorporate her current curriculum

WAUSAU EAST HIGH SCHOOL: $598

Postcrossing: Experience the World through Postcards
Students will connect with people all over the world through a postcard exchange 

WAUSAU and D.C. EVEREST SCHOOL DISTRICTS: $2,500

Electrify Your Strings - Mark Wood Clinic
Orchestra students from the two school districts will participate in a residency with electric violinist, composer, and inventor Mark Wood, which will culminate with a public performance with Vic Farrari and Wood

WAUSAU SCHOOL DISTRICT PLANETARIUM: $3,500

The Great Planet Adventures
All 4th grade students from the district will visit the planetarium and be involved in "sneaky science," which will explore the planets

WAUSAU WEST HIGH SCHOOL: $3,000

Warrior Cafe 
Students will be involved in all aspects of running a school cafe