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2019 Big Idea Grant Recipient

River Falls Public Library /


Community Play Space

Back in 2018 a temporary “Children’s Museum” was installed in the lower level gallery of the River Falls Public Library with borrowed equipment including large-scale building blocks and several STEM-integrated kits. The mini-museum space encouraged active learning for toddlers through pre-teens and provided much-needed meeting space for kids and caregivers. More than 1,100 people visited the temporary installation and feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Staff immediately began thinking about how to make the exhibit concept a regular occurrence.

The Big Idea Grant from River Falls Community Foundation will provide equipment to create THE BIG FUN LAB community play space within River Falls Public Library.

The space will benefit area children, parents, grandparents and caregivers. It will be a gathering space for caregivers and a place for kids to play, move and learn indoors during the coldest months (In 2020 the space will be available January-April, in subsequent years the space will be ready in December).

The area will also allow library and local family service organizations to provide additional resources to families while promoting early literacy and play-based learning.

The space will fill a need for indoor play space for families with young children.


For kids and families, the space will be



free, accessible and educational.


River Falls Community Foundation is proud to fund this worthy community benefit!

The River Falls Community Foundation offers grants to eligible non-profit organizations for programs and projects in the areas of education, human services, youth, the environment, and civic programs.  Eligible programs must meet a specific need in the River Falls area and have clear goals and measurement indicators for progress. 


“We welcome all non-profit organizations serving River Falls to apply for a grant within our priority areas.  Together, we can keep River Falls strong,” said Melissa Kolb, Chair of the River Falls Community Foundation.

Grant Application Deadline Is Closed


Grants Available:  Total grant amount available is $5,000. Typically, 4-5 non-profit organizations have received a share of total available funding, at various levels, during the summer grant cycle.


Priority Areas:  Education, human services, youth, the environment, civic programs.

Both general operating and project funding grant requests will be considered.

Questions:  RFCF@scvfoundation.org or Margi Miller, 715-386-9490.

The mission of the River Falls Community Foundation (RFCF) is to serve the greater River Falls area as a community foundation which seeks to attract and develop community and philanthropic assets that will enhance the quality of life for individuals and families in the area. 


Put simply, RFCF seeks to nurture quality living through generous giving.


River Falls Community Foundation

Established in 1999, the River Falls Community Foundation works with a 100% volunteer board to advance the quality of life in River Falls, WI. The foundation is a community trust – ensuring gifts donated today will be professionally managed and wisely utilized to enhance the future well-being of the community.


Community Grant Program

Application Window Is Now Closed

River Falls Community Foundation

516 2nd Street, Su 214

Hudson, WI  54016