Community Enhancement Grants


The Rusk County Community Foundation Community Enhancement Grant Program provides catalyst funding for small community projects to help Rusk County become a more attractive place to live, work, and play. Grants enhance the quality of life and place in our community by addressing areas in need of improvement and enhancement in Rusk County.

Grant Guidelines

Support Areas
Support focuses on physical aesthetics and environment, cultural, and recreational initiatives, including those benefiting the presentation and enjoyment of Rusk County and its communities, as well as projects that enhance the beauty, and economic vitality of our surroundings. In addition to projects that reflect these goals, preference will be given to projects that will have a meaningful impact on the community, show community support and participation, and those which demonstrate collaborative partnerships in the community.

Grant Amounts
The Rusk County Community Foundation Community Enhancement Grant Program supports requests ranging up to $500. Grants must be matched dollar for dollar, (i.e. a $500 grant request must show $500 of match for a total project cost of at least $1,000). Eligible match includes cash and hard goods/materials.

Applicants (or sponsor organizations) must be community organizations (non-profit 501c3) or local municipalities.

Generally, the grant program does not support the following:

  • Individuals
  • Business ventures
  • Non-governmental organizations without IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status
  • Organizations that limit membership or services based on race, religion, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, or national origin
  • Requests for loans or debt retirements
  • Operating expenses for organizations
  • Political organizations
  • Projects or organizations with no connection to the community of Rusk County
  • Projects that already have financial backing from RCCF
  • Projects or organizations that might in any way pose a conflict with the mission, goals, or programs of RCCF

Review Committee
Applications will be reviewed by the Rusk County Community Foundation Grants Committee, with award selections being forwarded to the Rusk County Foundation Board for approval.

To Apply

1. Download or request an application by email at
To request a paper application, contact:
Rusk County Community Foundation
P.O. Box 54
Ladysmith, WI 54848
2. Complete and sign your application. Please submit applications using the application form, attach additional pages if necessary.
3. Return completed application to:
Rusk County Community Foundation
P.O. Box 54
Ladysmith, WI 54848
Or by email:

Application Timing
Applications must be received by June 15, 2012. Requests will be reviewed and
awards announced by July 1, 2012.

Each successful grantee is required to submit a short report on their project’s outcome:
For more information, please contact the Rusk County Community Foundation
715.532.0772 or

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