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Posted: August 11, 2021 Chippewa Valley Museum Wins Summer Downtown Enhancement Grant

Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. (DECI) has awarded the Chippewa Valley Museum a $2,000 grant to update and support their three Biking into History self-guided tour maps. The maps have proven to be in high-demand by downtown businesses and organizations and the Museum applied for assistance to replenish their quickly-diminishing supply of maps.  

The reprinted maps will also be updated to include information on how to access the museum’s online historical walking tour.

The project offers residents and out-of-town visitors the opportunity to explore Eau Claire and learn a little more about the history of our city. With between 9 and 10 stops each, the three different tours focus on different themes: natural history, industries, and bridges. Each tour is designed to be completed in an afternoon.

“The Biking into History tour guides have been very popular with visitors and residents alike,” said Carrie Ronnander, Director of the Chippewa Valley Museum. “This Enhancement Grant from DECI enables the Chippewa Valley Museum to share the rich history of Eau Claire’s downtown while also encourage healthy living.”

The revised maps are expected to be available at downtown businesses and organizations in August.

Downtown Enhancement Grants have been distributed twice-annually to existing businesses that lie within the downtown boundaries. This grant to the Chippewa Valley Museum brings DECI Enhancement Grant totals to $16,000 since the program began in 2018.

“These Downtown Enhancement Grants are one of the ways we serve our downtown,” said Aaron White, Executive Director of DECI. “We’re pooling resources to invest in building stronger businesses, which in-turn, leads to a more vital and vibrant downtown community.”

A change to the program this year focused January grant considerations on businesses that were looking to expand or enhance their operations to add or improve the services they offer. The winner of the January grant was a project from Just Local Food Cooperative at 1117 S. Farwell St. to add additional freezer space to their store to expand their frozen food offerings.

This most recent summer grant cycle was focused on project proposals that enhanced the overall downtown community or downtown experience through projects such as public art, wayfinding, and culturally enriching events.

The next round of enhancement grants will be distributed in January 2022.

Downtown Enhancement Grants are made possible by donors who have generously funded the grant program through 2027. These donors include:

B~Framed Galleries


Kristen and Donn Dexter


Jill and Tom Barland


Royal Credit Union

Charter Bank


Ruder Ware




Lissa and Tom Siedow


JB Systems


U.S. Bank

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