RCF Awards over $28,000 in Grants to Local Organizations

Rhinelander Community Foundation (RCF) is pleased to announce its 2020 competitive area grants totaling over $28,000 to 13 local organizations.

In February, RCF extended its application process to qualified local organizations who wished to apply for grant funding supporting Rhinelander area projects and programming.

Local 501c3 organizations, governmental units, hospitals, schools, and churches providing programs benefitting the public at large were welcome to apply for grant funds made available through donors to the Foundation, furthering impactful contributions to the community.
Several applications were reviewed by the RCF Board of Directors and evaluated based on the six attributes: community need, population served, visibility, financial management, community impact, and alignment with RCF’s mission.

By hosting an annual application process, RCF can address changing needs in the Rhinelander area. Although the community has undergone many health, social and economic changes even since the February application period, RCF is committed to supporting forward-thinking progress and the evolving needs of the Rhinelander area.

The following are the 2020 RCF competitive grants awarded:

  • $5,000 Downtown Rhinelander, Inc: purchase of water-efficient hanging flower baskets for the downtown streetscape and overall beautification
  • $4,000 Art Start, Inc: creation of an outdoor classroom and community space with visual interest and interactive elements
  • $2,500 Rhinelander Area Food Pantry: implementation of a Special Dietary Needs Program for 40% households served
  • $1,500 NAMI Northern Lakes: support for drop-in mental health care at Northern Lakes Center reducing isolation and crises, and supporting community engagement
  • $1,000 Personal Essentials Pantry: purchase of personal and home care supplies encouraging a clean environment and good personal hygiene
  • $2,500 Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing: expansion of utility upgrades and support for safe use of appliances
  • $850 YMCA of the Northwoods: expansion of opportunities for an Autism and Sensory Processing swimming event
  • $ 1,500 Camp Fire Oneida Council: provide for emergency response equipment and enhanced property communication
  • $1,000 Oneida County Sheriff’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program: support for Keepin’It Real Program addressing alcohol, tobacco, e-cigs, drug use, bullying, and internet safety in today’s youth
  • $1,503.15 Girls Scouts of Northwestern Great Lakes: purchase of Trailblazers Special Interest Troop equipment for wilderness skill and confidence development
  • $3,000 Rhinelander District Library: providing updates to microfilm reader which integrates with current technologies for historical and family research
  • $2,500 Lights of the Northwoods: support of current and expansion needs for the community holiday lighting display and event
  • $2,000 WXPR: support and enhance the concert series at Nicolet with access to live music affordably

Shannon Campy, RCF Board member and treasurer, shares, “It’s great to see how the granting process and grant money can benefit the community in so many different ways.”

RCF thanks all organizations that applied and applauds the efforts of all those working hard to forward progress in the Rhinelander community. The Foundation is grateful to all donors for making lasting support for our valued community efforts a success.

Grants were distributed by mail as current social recommendations due to COVID-19 prevented a previously planned grant awards celebration.

Rhinelander Community Foundation is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to facilitate charitable giving and, together with our donors, enhance the quality of living in the Rhinelander community now and for future generations.

The Rhinelander Community Foundation envisions the Rhinelander area realizing its full potential through philanthropy. Find out more about RCF at and look for us on Facebook and Linkedin.