The Rhinelander Area Community Foundation (RCF) is pleased to announce its 2024 Grant Award Recipients. A total of $59,337 was awarded to 25 qualified local organizations who submitted applications to the RCF Board of Directors. The awards were made possible by a combination of grants from the Rhinelander Community Endowment, Community Impact Fund, Non-profit Support Fund, Rhinelander Cultural Arts Fund, Rhinelander Youth Project Fund, Bruce and Jean Ann Wendt Endowment, Pioneer Park Historical Complex Fund, and multiple donor advised funds.

The grants will be awarded at the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce “Business After 5” event to be held on April 17, 2024, from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Rhinelander Country Club. Media is invited to attend.

“We are pleased to be able to award grants to more organizations this year than ever before,” said Gina Heck, president of the Rhinelander Community Foundation. “We were also recently awarded The Community Foundations National Standards Accreditation, which is the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. Our donors can feel especially confident that their donations are being managed wisely and with transparency.”

The winning organizations needed to meet the following criteria: They must be a 501c3 non-profit, governmental unit, church, school, or hospital. The application submitted needed to express how that organization would meet community need, serve a broad-based population, show collaboration and impact in the community, and show financial responsibility and attainable planning. Each project must also align with the mission of the RCF to enhance the quality of living in the Rhinelander community now and into the future.

2024 RCF Grant Award Recipients:

• $6000 NATH (Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing)

• $5000 Rhinelander Area Food Pantry for the Hodag Kids Program

• $4450 Rhinelander District Library for Computer Replacements

• $3360 Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault for Shelter Security

• $3000 Project North Festival

• $3000 Lights of The Northwoods

• $3000 Headwaters for Transition, Employment, and Tech

• $1000 Master Gardeners of the North for Downtown Plantings

• $2500 Art Start Youth Art Center and Teen Experience

• $2500 YMCA for Safety Around Water Class

• $2000 Let’s Go Fishing for Pontoon Seating and Renovation

• $1800 Rhinelander Northwoods Composite Mountain Bike Team for Trailer and Decals

• $1150 Oneida County 4-H Leaders Association for Youth Summer Program

• $2500 Habitat for Humanity for Scaffolding

• $2000 Pioneer Park Historical Complex for Antique Sawmill Diorama Restoration

• $2000 WXPR Concert Series

• $2000 Oneida County Fair Committee for Fair Entertainment

• $3000 Rhinelander School District Math Dept for Calculators

• $1047 Rhinelander School District Math Classrooms for Math Racks

• $1000 Rhinelander School District for Culinary Classroom Microwaves

• $1000 Rhinelander Community Band – Summer Riverwalk Concert Series

• $1530 Rhinelander Curling Club

• $2000 Junior Achievement for Programming Kits

• $1500 Crescent Elementary School for Read to Succeed Program

• $1000 Personal Essentials Pantry

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