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Community Investment Fund

Investing In Our Future

Destination Door County's Community Investment Fund utilizes dollars generated by overnight visitors to Door County and reinvests some of those dollars into local projects that enhance the lives of residents as well as improve the destination experience for visitors. Grant opportunities are available to all local Door County units of government as well as Door County based 501(c)(3) public charities and 501(c)(6) organizations. Destination Door County has partnered with the Door County Community Foundation to administer this program. For More information and application materials, go to

Destination Door County launched the Community Investment Fund in 2023. Each grant that has been awarded is listed below, along with a link to the press release for each corresponding grant round.

Round 1 Grant Recipients - May 2023

  • Village of Sister Bay awarded $90,000 for a Multi-Jurisdictional Trail
  • Door County Land Trust awarded $75,000 for the Trail Bridge at Bay Shore Blufflands Nature Preserve
  • City of Sturgeon Bay awarded $45,551 for an Aquatic Weed Harvester
  • County of Door awarded $44,000 for an ADA and Intergenerational Playground at John Miles County Park
  • Door Community Auditorium awarded $40,000 for a Blues, Roots & Jazz Festival
  • Town of Gibraltar awarded $15,700 for Phase II Fish Creek Beach Playground
  • Door County Historical Society awarded $10,000 for the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Restoration
  • Northeastern WI Antique Power Association awarded $5,000 for an Historic Replica Valmy Service Station

May 15, 2023, press release announcing round 1 grant recipients.

Round 2 Grant Recipients - August 2023

  • Town of Gibraltar was awarded $100,000 toward the acquisition of the Redmann property for the Fish Creek Park Expansion and extension of the Bayshore Connectivity Trail.
  • City of Sturgeon Bay was awarded $50,000 for improvements to the Sunset Park Pavilion and public restrooms.
  • Sister Bay Historical Society was awarded $50,000 for the repurposing of the 104-year-old Little Sister Barn at the Corner of the Past Museum property.
  • Door County Maritime Museum was awarded $50,000 for dry-docking and repairs of the historic vessel and in-water museum John Purves.

August 11, 2023 press release announcing round 2 grant recipients.

Round 3 Grant Recipients - November 2023

  • Town of Sevastopol was awarded $70,000 for the creation of a new restroom facility that is ADA compliant, and includes men’s, women’s, and family bathrooms. 
  • Town of Jacksonport was awarded $61,421 to refurbish the Lakeside Park pavilions, which will include electrical and plumbing. 
  • Village of Sister Bay was awarded $48,489 towards the purchase of a shuttle bus that will provide public transportation to residents, J1 workers, and visitors. 
  • City of Sturgeon Bay was awarded $40,000 to purchase floating docks for the Sawyer Park boat ramp, creating greater safety and accessibility for boaters launching at this site. 
  • Door Shakespeare was awarded $18,756 to purchase a 6-seat electric cart with trailer to transport individuals with mobility concerns. Additionally, Björklunden will use the cart to provide accessibility to guided, narrated trail tours. 
  • Peninsula School of Art was awarded $15,000 to increase public access to main points of entry on their campus.

November 13, 2023 press release announcing round 3 grant recipients.

Round 4 Grant Recipients - February 2024

  • Friends of Peninsula State Park is awarded $150,000 to help create 8-10 miles of mountain bike trails that will include a beginner level loop, an intermediate level loop, and advanced gravity runs.
  • City of Sturgeon Bay is awarded $100,000 to construct a pedestrian/bicycle trail that will provide a safe route from the Ahnapee State Trail to the opposite side of Highway 57/42 under the Bayview Bridge.
  • County of Door is awarded $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 5 Door County beaches.
  • Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation is awarded $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, Inc. is awarded $25,000 to help bring the iconic vehicle and its community programming back to life.
  • Greater Escarpment Organization of Door County is awarded $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.

February 13, 2024 press release announcing round 4 grant recipients.

Application deadlines for upcoming grant rounds can be found at