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 2017 for programs that positively impact the quality of life in Marathon County.

Community Enhancement Grants Awarded in 2017


Aspirus Health Foundation: $15,295
Comfort Care & Hospice House renovations 

Beyond Pencils & Crayons Fund: $25,000
Funding for Marathon County 4K-12th grade teacher grants to enhance classroom experiences

Blessings in a Backpack: $15,000
Purchase of a vehicle to be used to pick up supplies and deliver backpacks to schools

City of Wausau: $9,000
Startup costs for a bike share program on the riverfront  

City of Mosinee: $10,000
Joseph Dessert Historical Library roof replacement

Colossal Fossils: $25,000
Addition of a replica skeleton of a 38' T-Rex to the museum's permanent collection  

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

The Connections Place: $50,000
Capital campaign support for new facility

Friends of Wausau Youth Hockey: $5,000
Youth hockey locker room expansion

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum: $3,500
Making art accessible to individuals with vision impairments

Marathon County Clerk of Courts: $7,500
Evaluation of the family mediation services 

Marathon County Public Library: $8,000
Creation of an Early Literacy Center

Marathon County Sheriff's Department: $27,000
Marathon County Crisis Assessment Response Team vehicle

Medical College of Wisconsin: $7,500
Ultrasound equipment to be used for medical student education

Midstate Independent Living Center: $4,900
Trailer and tools purchase for Ramp Up Marathon County

Mosinee Area Action Club: $10,000
Construction of a pavilion park shelter at River Park

Mosinee Recreation Center: $10,000
Locker room facility improvements

Northcentral Technical College Foundation: $25,000
STEM Center equipment

Partnership for Progressive Agriculture: $10,300
Mobile dairy education exhibit

United Way of Marathon County: $1,500
LIFE in Wausau and Marathon County Report

United Way of Marathon County: $10,000
Partnership for Youth's diversion pilot project

Wausau Kayak & Canoe Corporation: $10,000
Whitewater Park improvements (Phase I)

Wausau Pilot & Review: $4,000
Training of individuals to document public meetings and events, and equipment startup tools

Wisconsin Judicare: $5,000
Mediation services program


Community Corner Clubhouse: $2,500
Equipment to be used in programming for the newly established sober living support house



Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin: $5,000
Central Wisconsin Chapter startup funding 

United Way of Marathon County: $5,000
Early Years Coalition / Healthy Babies Action Team - Safe Sleep video production

Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy: $15,000
LENA Initiative - startup funds



Central Wisconsin Speed Skating Club:  $740
Training and safety equipment purchases

Madison Community Foundation:  $3,750
Annual fund allocation to support community programs in Oregon, Wisconsin

Wausau Community Theatre:  $2,866
Wireless microphone replacement



Central Wisconsin Off Road Cycling Coalition: $10,000
Development of the Ringle Trails mountain bike facility

Community Corner Clubhouse: $2,500
Equipment to be used in programming for the newly established sober living support house

Ice Age Trail Alliance: $7,000
Improvements to the section of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail located in Ringle



G.D. Jones Elementary School: $5,000
Playground improvements

Wausau Community Theatre: $2,000
Wireless microphone replacement