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Destination Door County turning tourism dollars into community grant funds

The money spent by you lodging in Door County will be used uniquely in the coming years thanks to a new grant program. Destination Door County announced on Friday the creation of the Community Investment Fund. The organization is partnering with the Door County Community Foundation to help turn some of the money collected through the county’s room tax into grants to improve the quality of life for all who live, work, and play in Door County. Public charities and local units of government are just some of the organizations that can benefit from the program that could distribute thousands of dollars every quarter.  Wisconsin State Statutes require the room tax dollars to be spent in ways that benefit visitors, but it can also meaningfully improve the quality of life for Door County residents.  With the county-wide room tax increasing from 5.5 to 8 percent, Destination Door County President and CEO Julie Gilbert says now is the time to invest the money into not just putting heads into beds.

Door County Community Foundation President and CEO Bret Bicoy encouraged organizations interested in taking advantage of the opportunity to visit to learn more and then schedule an appointment to discuss their ideas further. You can also learn more about the program at one of the upcoming presentations listed below.


Tuesday January 10, Virtual – 10-11 AM via ZOOM (Use this link)


Wednesday January 11, In-Person – 10-11 AM at the Door County Community Foundation office, 222 N 3rd Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235


Thursday January 12, In-Person – 3-4 PM in the Great Hall at The Donald & Carol Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St, Egg Harbor, WI 54209


Thursday February 9, In-Person – 10-11 AM at the Door County Community Foundation office, 222 N 3rd Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235


Grant cycles will be quarterly, with applications due at 4 PM on the first Thursday of April, July, October and January. Applicants should typically be notified of a decision about a month after application deadlines.


Click here to listen to our full conversation with Destination Door County President and CEO Julie Gilbert

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