The Community Foundation’s unrestricted fund are used to make grants to qualified organizations throughout the year. Funds are professionally invested for long term growth and only the earnings on those funds are used to make grants each year.

Since the first grant was awarded in 1997, more than $500,000 has been distributed through the competitive grant process.  Congratulations to all past grant recipients, and thank you for all you do to make Dunn County better.

2017 Competitive Grant Recipients

February: $35,000 in grants to 13 local charitable organizations 

  •  THE ARC OF DUNN COUNTY, INC.: Launchpad Home for Young Adults
  • CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING OF WESTERN WI: Dispatch Software Upgrades
  • DUNN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Summer Children’s Program
  • DURAND SWIM CLUB: WSI Lifeguard Training Program
  • EAU CLAIRE AREA HMONG MUTUAL ASSISTANCE ASSOC.: Dunn County Rice Pantry
  • GRASSROOTS EMPOWERMENT PROJECT, INC.:Alternatives to Suicide Facilitator Training
  • MABEL TAINTER CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Security Camera Support
  • MENOMONIE AREA (SHIRLEY DOANE) SENIOR CENTER: Dining Room Chair Replacement
  • SOFT LANDING TRANSITION SERVICES, LLC: Housing, Transportation & Support Services
  • STEPPING STONES OF DUNN COUNTY: Supplemental Food for Meals on Wheels
  • UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – STOUT: STEPS for Girls Camp Scholarships for Minority Youth
  • WEST WISCONSIN LAND TRUST: Devil’s Punchbowl Safety & Accessibility
  • WORKFORCE RESOURCE, INC.: Technology for Training Room

August: $35,000 in grants to 14 local charitable organizations

  • BOYS & GIRLS CLUB – MENOMONIE CENTER: Member Scholarships for Those Who Need Us Most
  • CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF EAU CLAIRE: Sky Stories: Planetarium Outreach Program
  • GIRL SCOUTS OF THE NW GREAT LAKES, INC.: Girl Scout Leadership Experience STEM Program
  • COLFAX RAILROAD MUSEUM, INC.: Site Development for Colfax Heritage Event
  • MABEL TAINTER CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Children’s Series
  • STEPPING STONES OF DUNN COUNTY: Food Aid for Food Pantry Patrons
  • THE ARC OF DUNN COUNTY: Life Skills Program Space for Individuals with Disabilities
  • THE BRIDGE TO HOPE:  Comfort Essentials for Domestic Violence Victims
  • DUNN COUNTY DEMENTIA COALITION  Making Dunn County Dementia-Friendly
  • INDIANHEAD ENTERPRISES, INC.:  Vocational Equipment for Individuals with Disabilities
  • DUNN COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY:  Pets for Seniors And Vets Program
  • BOYCEVILLE COMMUNITY AMBULANCE:  Reflective Safety Equipment for EMS Staff
  • RIDGELAND AREA LIBRARY:  Basement Remodel for Program Expansion
  • REACH OUT AND READ: Pediatric Literacy Program at Mayo Clinic-Red Cedar

 2016 Competitive Grant Recipients

February

  • Boys & Girls Club – Menomonie Center Health & Life Skills Programming $2,000
  • Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity New Home Construction in Menomonie $5,000
  • Community Foundation of Dunn County Nonprofit Capacity Building Event $1,550
  • Dunn County Historical Society Children’s Summer Program $978
  • Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts Children’s Series $2,500
  • Menomonie Police Department Community Policing Initiatives $1,000
  • Menomonie Sunrise Rotary Caddie Woodlawn Park Updates $3,500
  • Ridgeland/Wilson Fire Department Firefighter Gear Update $6,000
  • Stepping Stones of Dunn County Supplemental Food for Meals on Wheels Recipients $4,800
  • WestCAP Menomonie Farmer’s Market Support $2,500
  • Wisconsin Dental Association Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic $6,597

August:  Over $50,000 in grants to 22 local organizations

  • ARBOR PLACE – Youth Mental Health First Aide Project
  • BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS – 1-to-1 Youth Match Mentoring for Dunn County
  • BOYCEVILLE COMMUNITY AMBULANCE DISTRICT – CPR and First Aid Training Equipment
  • BOYCEVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT – Guest Speaker on Anti-bullying and Tolerance
  • BOYCEVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT – Protective Equipment Purchase
  • BOYCEVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY – Handicap Ramp Entrance Improvements
  • CHIPPEWA VALLEY FUND RAISING PROFESSIONALS – Nonprofit Training
  • CITY OF MENOMONIE – Menomonie Trail System Wayfinding Signage
  • COMMUNITY FOR VETERANS – Transitional Housing for Veterans Basement Remodel
  • FEED MY PEOPLE FOOD BANK – Dunn County Produce Initiative
  • GLENWOOD CITY AMBULANCE SERVICE – Stryker Power Lift Cot
  • HOUSE CALLS OF MENOMONIE – Guardian and Representative Payee Services
  • JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF WISCONSIN, INC. – Personal Finance & Career Exploration
  • MABEL TAINTER CENTER FOR THE ARTS – Color Printer Purchase
  • MENOMONIE AREA MOUNTAIN BIKE ASSOCIATION – FixIT Bicycle Repair Station
  • MENOMONIE HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS COMPLEX – Track & Field Equipment  
  • REACH, Inc. – Menomonie Annex Sit-to-Stand Device
  • STEPPING STONES OF DUNN COUNTY – Rental Assistance for Shelter Families
  • THE ARC OF DUNN COUNTY – Computers for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
  • UNITED WAY OF DUNN COUNTY – Data Management Software Program and Training
  • VILLAGE OF WHEELER – Community Improvement Equipment
  • WEST WISCONSIN LAND TRUST – Dunn County Land Protection

2015 Competitive Grant Recipients

February

  • ARC OF DUNN COUNTY, INC.Sibshops and Arc FAMS Programs – $2,500
  • BOYS & GIRLS CLUB – MENOMONIE CENTERHealth & Recreation Program – $6,500
  • COLFAX MUNICIPAL BLDNG RESTORATION GROUPBasement Restoration of Theater – $3,000
  • COLFAX RAILROAD MUSEUM, INC.Restoration of 1898 Depot – $1,500
  • DUNN COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETYFeline Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program – $1,510
  • GAYLORD NELSON AUDUBON SOCIETYNature Festival: Birds, Bugs and Blooms Bash – $1,000
  • HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF WISCONSINWest/NW WI Fund Development – $3,000
  • MENOMONIE MIDDLE SCHOOLBig Kids Small World – Social Experiences – $1,250
  • MENOMONIE MIDDLE SCHOOLMiddle School Garden – $3,000
  • RED CEDAR BASIN MONITORING GROUP, INCAcoustic Bat Monitoring – $3,176
  • UNITED WAY OF DUNN COUNTYUnited Way Gifts In Kind Health/Safety – $2,954
  • WATCH US GROW CHILDREN’S VILLAGEGlider Rocker and Infant Equipment – $500

August:

  • THE ARC OF DUNN COUNTYHealth & Wellness Class for Individuals with Disabilities – $3,000
  • THE BRIDGE TO HOPE Computer Upgrade for Staff and Clients – $1,500
  • CHIPPEWA VALLEY COUNCIL BOY SCOUTS Dunn County After-School Cub Scouting – $2,500
  • COLFAX HEALTH & REHABILITATION CENTER Colfax Community Transport Service – $5,000
  • FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER – Parent Café Support Program for Dunn County – $4,386
  • GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH Flooring for Thrift Store – $2,500
  • MABEL TAINTER CENTER FOR THE ARTSHistoric Organ Renovation – $3,000
  • MENOMONIE ARCHERY CLUB Handicap Accessible Satellite Restroom – $1,750
  • WAKANDA ELEMENTARYAmerican Traditional Dance/Music Residency – $1,1500
  • SHIRLEY DOANE SENIOR CENTERComputer Hardware Purchase – $2,000
  • STEPPING STONES OF DUNN COUNTY Food Pantry & Homeless Shelter Updates – $3,325
  • WEST WISCONSIN LAND TRUST – Menomonie Punchbowl Renewal Final Phase – $500

To view a list of competitive grants awarded each year, click on the links below:

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