Grants Opportunities

  • Community Enhancement Grants

  • Community Arts Grants

  • Community Enhancement Grants

  • Beyond Pencils & Crayons Grants

  • Make a Difference Day Grants

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Grants Opportunities

Whether supporting a local community's disaster preparedness plan, raising awareness to prevent domestic violence, or providing deserving students with academic opportunities, Community Foundation grants and scholarships change lives every day.

Explore the options available below and learn how you can apply for a grant or scholarship.

Community Enhancement Grants

Community Enhancement Funds, like the Wausau•Marathon County Fund, are the Community Foundation's most flexible resources in providing funding for innovative projects that have a positive impact on enriching life in our community. Application deadline (to be electronically submitted) is 5 p.m. on the first business day of March, June, September, and December. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project ideas with Foundation staff prior to completing an application.

Community Arts Grants

The Community Arts Grant Fund encourages cooperation and expansion of arts opportunities within our area. Grants are awarded for projects and programs that reinforce the quality and diversity of the arts in north central Wisconsin. Application deadline (to be electronically submitted) is 5 p.m., on April 15.

Mid Wisconsin Foundation Legacy Grants

Proposals are accepted online for specifically identified projects and programs that will benefit nonprofit organizations located in communities formerly served by Mid Wisconsin Bank. Grants generally do not exceed $1,000. Application deadline is October 15.  See grant guidelines for more information.

Murco Foundation Grants

The Murco Foundation board of directors reviews grant applications on an annual basis. Applications are considered from nonprofit organizations serving the greater Wausau area and Marathon County. The focus of their funding is for the advancement of education and the arts in our community. Application deadline is midnight on September 1.  See grant guidelines for more information.

Clyde F. Schlueter Foundation Grants

Proposals are accepted online for projects and programs that will allow nonprofit organizations, located in the Wausau area, to provide for growth in character and service of area youth and for civic improvements. Grants range between $1,000 and $10,000 with some exceptions for larger capital campaigns. Application deadline is May 1 and August 1.  See grant guidelines for more information.

Beyond Pencils & Crayons Grants

(Marathon County) Beyond Pencils and Beyond Crayons Grants, ranging from $250 to $5,000, are available to K-12 teachers throughout Marathon County to initiate innovative and creative projects and programs that enhance their curriculum. 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. Application deadline is 5 p.m. on September 30.

Make a Difference Day Grants

The third Saturday in October is "Make A Difference Day," a national day of helping others - a celebration of neighbor helping neighbor. The Volunteer Center Special Projects Fund can help students throughout Marathon County participate in volunteerism by providing grants of $50 - 250 to teachers willing to implement a "Make A Difference" project involving their students. The grant can be used to provide transportation, or to purchase necessary supplies or equipment for your project. Application deadline (to be electronically submitted) is 5 p.m. on September 30.

Beyond Crayons & Computers Grants

(Merrill Area) Beyond Crayons & Computer Grants are available to Pre-K to12th grade teachers throughout the Merrill School District to initiate innovative and creative projects and programs that enhance their curriculum. Through a competitive review process, our selection committee looks for proposals that enrich the educational experience, motivate and inspire students, educators, and the community, fill a specific need, are cost-effective, are educational and fun, and demonstrate a sense of community. Application deadline for the 2016-17 school year is 5 p.m. on October 1.

A. Ward Ford Memorial Research Grants

The A. Ward Ford Memorial Research Committee is accepting grant proposals for direct clinical or basic science research investigating current use or potential new applications of laser or other light based therapy. Applicants must be enrolled in or have completed an MD residency or PhD post-doctoral training at the time of application, and must be a member or applicant for membership in ASLMS at the time of the award. Grants up to $65,000 will be awarded. Application deadline is June 1.