RCF Awards $21,300 in Grants to Local Organizations

Rhinelander Community Foundation (RCF) is pleased to announce the 2021 competitive grant awards. $21,300 was awarded to 11 qualified organizations based on projects narrated in their submitted applications. Projects could be new or ongoing, but grant requests could not include funding for the organization’s operational expenses. RCF is able to promote area progress and respond to current needs by hosting an annual grant application process.

Qualified organizations eligible to apply were 501c3 non-profits, units of governments, churches, schools and hospitals. Applications were evaluated in the areas of RCF mission alignment, community need, population scope, visibility, community impact and financial management.

2021 grants awards included:

  • $4300 for the Northwoods Garden ADA accessibility, a joint venture with Nicolet College and ArtStart in which 48 10’x20’ plots, training and demonstration are provided to interested residents aiming to grow their own healthy, organic produce
  • $2500 to the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry for community garden and greenhouse upgrades and the GROW pilot program with two-fold goals of maximizing the amount of produce provided to pantry customers as well as providing tools and support for growing produce at home
  • $2500 to Lights of the Northwoods for holiday lighting display supplies and materials
  • $2500 to the Rhinelander District Library for upgrading local plats, repairing historical materials, and providing needed shelving to house and conveniently locate the materials
  • $1000 to the Personal Essentials Pantry for the purchases of paper products for distribution to area households in need
  • $2000 to the Northern Alliance for Mental Illness for Northern Lakes Center aimed at reducing isolation and mental health crises while increasing community involvement
  • $1000 to the Rhinelander Police Dept for a recovery coach program recently initiated, providing valuable, non-clinical guidance to achieve and maintain recovery from a substance use disorder
  • $1000 to the Hodag Soccer Club for soccer training equipment specific for artificial turf use
  • $2000 to Rhinelander Girl Scouts troops for programming, supplies and camp access as part of the Girls Scout Leadership Experience
  • $1500 to the YMCA of the Northwoods as seed money for 6th grade access program providing all 6th graders a free membership to the Y, giving them safe, engaging surroundings while encouraging community service engagement
  • $1000 for Habitat for Humanity should a home build in the Rhinelander area go forward
  • RCF is grateful for the opportunity to support these organizations in their impactful works and to encourage ongoing momentum of progress in our area. RCF wishes to thank all donors that have made this possible.

The mission of the Rhinelander Community Foundation is to facilitate charitable giving and, together with donors, enhancing the quality of living in the Rhinelander community now and for future generations. For more information on the Rhinelander Community Foundation, visit or follow RCF on Facebook and Linkedin. RCF envisions the Rhinelander area realizing its full potential through philanthropy.