Thanks to Door County room tax dollars, your local municipality and favorite organizations could be in line for a significant grant. The Door County Community Foundation and Destination Door County announced the Community Investment Fund at the beginning of the year to provide assistance to improve the quality of all who live, work, and play on the peninsula. The two organizations hosted three different meetings in the weeks since to share details about the grants, which will range from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the project. Door County Community Foundation President and CEO Bret Bicoy says they have met with several organizations and municipalities already about ideas they might have for the potential grants. He says the biggest hurdle is with Wisconsin State Statutes since the money being awarded comes from room tax dollars.
Bicoy encourages those seeking funds to meet with his staff to assess their idea before submitting an application. The grants will be awarded quarterly, with applications due at 4 p.m. on April 6th, July 6th, October 5th, and January 4th. The Door County Community Foundation will hold one more public meeting about the Community Investment Fund on February 9th at 10 a.m.
You can listen to more about the Community Investment Fund by listening to our interview with Destination Door County’s Julie Gilbert by clicking this link.