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WEA Trust Grant Funds City of New Richmond Historic Walking Tour for Mobile Devices

The City of New Richmond has been awarded $3,000 for their local history initiative


Madison– As part of the 5th Annual Local Spark Award, WEA Trust awarded the City of New Richmond a $3,000 grant to support their vision to increase awareness of local history within the city.

“This project has the potential to bring different generations together to learn and celebrate our local history and to create a greater sense of place and community in the process,” wrote Noah Wiedenfeld in his Local Spark proposal.

The historic walking tour for mobile devices will highlight historic homes, businesses and other landmarks. The project idea was developed by some of the current cohort of the New Richmond Area Community Foundation’s Leadership Trust Initiative and would gather information and photographs by using resources at the public library and the local museum.

“The Local Spark Award is a unique type of grant program,” said Kyle Humphrey, the Trust’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The proposals that are selected truly create a spark within these communities. It’s inspiring to see the passion and dedication that comes from every Local Spark participant each year.”

In partnership with League of Wisconsin Municipalities, WEA Trust created the Local Spark Award to recognize and reward innovation in Wisconsin’s cities and villages. This summer, WEA Trust received dozens of project proposals from around Wisconsin, which were reviewed by a panel of three judges:


Jerry Deschane – Executive Director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities

Dan Hill – Local Government Specialist at the UW-Extension

Fran Duncanson – City Clerk-Treasurer, Office Manager, WMCA District II Co-Director, City of Amery, Polk County


The City of New Richmond was one of three Local Spark Award winners chosen by the selection committee. Other winners include the Village of Campbellsport for an outdoor ice-skating rink and the City of Whitehall for their Whitehall welcome sign.


The WEA Trust provides group health insurance and administrative services to public employers throughout Wisconsin. The not-for-profit WEA Trust was created in 1970 to serve Wisconsin school district employees. Today, the WEA Trust offers its top-rated service and quality benefits to all state, county, and municipal groups. Learn more about the Local Spark Award at www.WEATrust.com/LocalSpark.