Local Projects Receive $376,035 Through Latest Round of Community Investment Fund Grants

It’s Destination Door County’s largest distribution to date

Destination Door County (DDC) announced its fourth grant cycle has awarded six projects totaling $376,035 from its Community Investment Fund.

The grants ranging from $15,000 to $150,000 went to two local units of government and four non-profit organizations. This grant cycle was the largest distribution of funds since the program began last year.

“We are so excited to award grant funds to impactful projects that positively benefit both the locals and visitors of Door County,” said Julie Gilbert, DDC president/CEO. “This program truly shows our community how the visitor economy supports the future of Door County.”

The projects that were awarded funding in the program’s fourth grant cycle are as follows.

• Friends of Peninsula State Park, $150,000 – to help create eight-to-10 miles of mountain bike trails that will include beginner-and intermediate-level loops, and advanced gravity runs.

• City of Sturgeon Bay, $100,000 – to construct a pedestrian/bicycle trail that will provide a safe route from the Ahnapee State Trail to the opposite side of state Highways 42/57 under the Bayview Bridge.

• County of Door, $56,035 – to install illuminated beach-water-quality signs that will provide timely information on harmful pathogenic bacterium levels to improve the health of residents and visitors at five Door County beaches.

• Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation, $30,000 – to construct a walkway that will connect public restrooms and water-filling stations at the Door County Granary to the West Waterfront Promenade, and to help complete finishing touches in and around the historic structure.

• Door County Bookmobile, $25,000 – to help bring the iconic vehicle and its community programming back to life.

• Greater Escarpment Organization of Door County, $15,000 – for the development of an accessible, interpretive park that will educate residents and visitors about the Niagara Escarpment and identify escarpment sites throughout Door County.

These six projects join the 18 projects that were awarded a total of $828,917 in 2023, bringing the total Community Investment Fund grant awards thus far to $1,204,952.

All awarded projects must meet specific requirements to qualify for funding. The dollars come from room taxes that overnight visitors pay and that DDC receives as part of their agreement with the Door County Tourism Zone Commission. Wisconsin state statute dictates the use of those dollars.

The next grant application deadline is Monday, March 25 at 4 pm. Qualified applicants include 501(c)(3) public charities, 501(c)(6) organizations, and local units of government.

DDC encourages any interested local non-profit organization or Door County municipality to schedule a meeting with the Door County Community Foundation, DDC’s program administrative partner, to discuss the idea before submitting an application. Call the Community Foundation at 920.746.1786 or email [email protected] to schedule an appointment. For details about the program and to view funding requirements along with the online application, visit

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