2024 Major Project Grant Recipient Awarded

Jan 23, 2024 | News & Events

We are excited to announce that Central Rivers Farmshed (Farmshed) and CREATE Portage County (CREATE) have been awarded the 2024 Major Project Grant for their new collaborative hub for innovation and creativity. CREATE and Farmshed are collaborating to revitalize 26,000 square feet of the former Sisters of St. Joseph convent. Situated in the center of a senior and affordable housing project, the joint effort of the two nonprofits is expected to inject new vitality into this area, with ripple effects across our region. This redevelopment aims to be a cornerstone for the community, championing arts, culture, entrepreneurship, and progressive food systems.

CREATE has established a reputation for cultivating creativity, bolstering cultural endeavors, and championing entrepreneurs. With this new space, they intend to usher in a fresh wave of innovation, offering emerging artists and business minds a platform to bring their visions to life. Simultaneously, Farmshed, recognized for its emphasis on healthy food access and local business support, will utilize an extensive commercial kitchen. This growth will address the notable gap in food entrepreneurship in the northern half of the state and set the stage for broader economic development and job opportunities.

Envisioned as a central spot for community engagement, it will provide coworking spaces, meeting areas, and venues for events. The combined endeavors of Farmshed and CREATE aim to strengthen community ties, support emerging businesses, and foster a genuine sense of belonging.

This collaboration is so important to our community. It allows us to reuse historic space in our community and unite resources while supporting entrepreneurship and local food sources. I’m excited to see what this project and partnership will help create.

Max Trzebiatowski, Community Foundation Board President-Elect

For more information regarding the Community Foundation’s grants process, please contact Marlee Samuels, Director of Donor Services and Programs, at 715-342-4454 or marlee@cfcwi.org.

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