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Bright Idea Fund

Grant reconnects youth to the community through art

The Trout Museum of Art received grants from the Bright Idea Fund and the Appleton Rotary Community Art Fund within the Community Foundation to implement its Restorative Justice program, a year-long, immersive arts program for youth under the supervision of Outagamie County Youth & Family Services. By Marci Hoffman, education coordinator, Trout Museum of Art […]

Strengthening Menasha neighborhoods from the inside out

Posted on Aug 1, 2019, by

Olsen and Evanson entertain their neighbors in Menasha’s “PorchaPalooza.” It’s part of Goodwill NCW’s Neighborhood Partners program, supported by a $20,000 grant from the Bright Idea Fund , as well as grants from the Jeweler’s Mutual Charitable Giving Fund and Heid Music Family Charitable Fund, all within the Community Foundation. By Julie Filapek, Neighborhood Partners […]

Grant helps Valley Packaging launch new skills training program

Posted on Jul 9, 2019, by

Valley Packaging Industries, Inc., has expanded its prevocational skills training program for people with disabilities, thanks to a $54,730 grant from the Bright Idea Fund withing the Community Foundation. The grant enables Valley Packaging to increase clients served, client skills developed, and clients placed in competitive, community-based jobs by incorporating overall wellness, technology skills, and […]

Photo perfect: Brats, Beer and Beethoven!

Posted on Jul 8, 2019, by

What a fantastic night to tailgate and take in a symphony under the stars! A $10,000 Bright Idea Fund grant from within the Community Foundation supported Friday’s “Brats, Beer & Beethoven” event at Fox Cities Stadium’s Neuroscience Group Field. The annual free, family-friendly evening features a concert by the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra and guest […]

Menasha opens Paper Trail connection

Happy trails! The Bright Idea Fund within the Community Foundation recently awarded a grant to the City of Menasha Parks and Recreation to extend the Paper Trail in Menasha up to Nature’s Way, closing an unsafe gap in the trail and bringing two sides of the community together while encouraging outdoor recreation. By Brian Tungate, […]

Big Puppets Parade connects two Appleton neighborhoods

Columbus Elementary students with their art teacher, Elizabeth Austin, creating butterfly props for Saturday’s Big Puppets Parade in Appleton. Newspapers, toilet paper and huge gobs of paint and glue have been transformed into gigantic puppets, thanks to the imaginations of young artists in several Appleton schools. These puppets will star in this Saturday’s Neighborhood Big […]