FY2020 Community Grant Recipients

Jan 1, 2020 | News & Events

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Wisconsin:
To provide 1-to-1 mentoring for disadvantaged children in Portage County through community and Site Based Mentoring programs.

Boys & Girls Club of Portage County:
To support Club sites at Jefferson and Rosholt Schools for at-risk youth to have a safe place to go after school and during summer break.

CAP Services, Inc.

  • Family Crisis Center: To provide victim services with a philosophy that is trauma-informed, person-centered and strengths-based focused allowing the victims to feel empowered, and restore safety for the victim.
  • Skills Enhancement Program: To addresses the needs of the working poor by providing access to education that increases skill levels needed to compete for living wage jobs.
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) in Portage County: To recruit, train, and supervise volunteers to prepare tax returns for low-income residents.
  • Mental Health Navigation: To provide support needed to improve the mental health of Portage County residents.
  • Hmong UPLIFT Digital Literacy Program: To help Hmong families compete for better jobs to increase family financial stability and their capacity to participate in further education, including their children’s.

Central Rivers Farmshed:
To improve community access to locally produced foods and agricultural goods in the Stevens Point area through the 2020 Local Food Fair.

Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum:

  • EveryFund: To provide educational access to underprivileged and special needs children and their families through interactive exhibits.
  • Create-It! Art Room: To support the exploration of artistic expression for early childhood and K-5 kids in the community through the museum’s Arts and Culture programs.

Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra:

To support the Dorothy Vetter Educational Concerts for Fourth Graders, an interactive concert experience meant to stimulate interest in music performance among all children in our community.

Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin:
To empower parents with skills they need to achieve stability and provide a safe, stable and nurturing home environment.

Community Thrift Store of Portage County, Inc.:
To provide a healthy selection of food to those who need it most to help build a stronger and healthier community.

CREATE Portage County:
To support arts, culture, and creativity in Portage County through the IDEA Center to create a vital community for new and current residents.

Foster Hope:
To support programs that seek to uplift, encourage, and empower children in the foster care system in Central Wisconsin. 

Friends of Standing Rocks:

  • To support the Behnke Olson Outdoor Recreation Center as a central location for shelter, heat, water and restrooms for all recreational activities at Standing Rocks Park.
  • Point Area Singletrack Association (PASTA): To establish new multi-use trails at Standing Rocks County Park that are focused on meeting the needs of beginning riders and families.

Meals on Wheels:
To support the cost of meals served to older and disabled adults that enables them to maintain independent living with safety and dignity.

Midstate Independent Living Choices: 
To provide ROCC Point drop in center provides meaningful daily activities for members living with mental health and substance use issues.

Operation Bootstrap:
To assist low-income households in Portage County with basic necessities like shelter, heat, electricity, water, gas or bus fare, food, household supplies and emergency medications so they can live healthy, stable, fulfilling lives.

Portage County Cultural Festival:
To educate the community about ethnic diversity at a one-day event at Stevens Point Senior High school, featuring food, music, folk dances, native crafts and children’s games from around the world.

Portage County Health and Human Services Department:

  • Safe Environment for the Early Years Program: To sustain and expand two safety programs, Babe-B-Safe and C.A.R.S., to allow families to implement recommended safety measures where their children live and play. 
  • Healthy Smiles: To provide dental sealants and fluoride varnish for 2nd and 6th grade students in Portage County.

Portage County Literacy Council, Inc.:
To provide adults with low literacy one-to-one tutoring and instruction with trained, volunteer tutors.

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin:
To support programming that ensures children have the healthy vision needed to build a strong educational foundation necessary for lifelong success.

Reading First! of Portage County:
To promote family reading and conduct events that celebrate books and reading.

Riverfront Jazz Festival:
To provide high quality jazz music and a diverse cuisine along the Wisconsin River.

Samoset Council Boy Scouts of America:
To support STEM Scouts, a program built around exciting lab activities focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as well as values and character education.

Stevens Point Area YMCA Farm to School Program:
To decrease childhood obesity by promoting healthy eating habits for students and increasing access to local foods in schools.

Stevens Point Sculpture Park:
To support a water redirection and land improvement project necessary to improve park access while making pathways less wet and more accessible.

The Playhouse Theatre Group:
To turn the Ben Franklin Auditorium back into a theater and have a space where the children of the Playhouse Theatre Group can both rehearse and perform.

The Salvation Army Milk Fund:
To pay for weekly deliveries of fresh 2% milk to the Stevens Point Salvation Army Hope Center through a reliable local distributor.

VITA/TCE Income Tax Preparation:
To support free tax preparation and filing for low income, elderly and disabled members of the community.

Wisconsin Public Television:
To support Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Stevens Point – a project that will highlight political, social, economic and physical environments, which make Stevens Point a keystone in the state’s history.

Woodlands Church

  • Backpacks for Hope: To help families by caring for the health and wellness of economically disadvantaged school-age children in our community.
  • Spring Into Action: To provide supplies to conduct facility improvements for the Stevens Point Public School District.


 CAP Services Waushara County

  • Skills Enhancement Program: To addresses the needs of the working poor by providing access to education that increases skill levels needed to compete for living wage jobs.
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) in Waushara County: To recruit, train, and supervise volunteers to prepare tax returns for low-income residents.

Kiwanis Club of Wild Rose, Inc.:
To support The Sky Is The Limit, Inspiring Youth at EAA Family Flight Fest & Space Day program that enables youth with parents/guardians to attend EAA Family Flight Fest and EAA Space Day.

Leon Saxeville Library:

  • Technology Upgrade: To upgrade all computers so the public has access to free computer and internet use here in Pine River.
  • Leon Saxeville Library Programming Pilot Project: To fund a pilot program to develop and implement quality programs to enhance learning for both youth and adults in the Pine River area.

McComb Bruchs Performing Arts Center:
To support Sybarite5 with conducting a matinee public performance and provide one educational outreach program.

Saxeville Community Church:
To supply weekend food for children who receive free and reduced meals through the Wild Rose School District.

Waushara County Food Pantry:
To provide a wide variety of healthy, nutritious foods for Waushara County residents in need and assist in the purchase of a lift gate for a refrigerated food truck.

Waushara County Health Department:
To support REACH Waushara, a program that works with the community to find creative solutions to community issues around three priority areas: Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Prevention, Chronic Disease (CD) Prevention and Mental Health.

Waushara Prevention Council:
To support the Vision 2020 Backpack Nutrition Program, by providing nutritious food for economically disadvantaged elementary students in Waushara County to take home on weekends.

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