Kenosha Community Foundation grants ap period now open

kenosha-community-foundationKenosha Community Foundation announces that local not-for-profit organizations can now apply for 2013 grants. According to Foundation President Ken Fellman, the area’s community foundation will make grants from five of the funds it manages.

The Foundation is seeking proposals to be funded from the following:

  • Unrestricted funds – Grants from this group of funds support programs that improve the general welfare and enhance the quality of life for people of all ages in the greater Kenosha community. For the 2013 grant cycle, the Foundation will give highest priority to programs that address a broad range of basic human needs that are being impacted within the Kenosha community by the current economic conditions.
  • OMC Legacy Fund – Grants from this fund support programs and activities that improve the general welfare and enhance the quality of life for youth in the greater Kenosha community.
  • LaFave Family Fund – From a fund established by the estate of former Bradford High School teacher Susann LaFave, grants from this fund will support programs and organizations that promote understanding, communication and a sense of tolerance between individuals and groups through education, the arts and humanities.
  • Women’s Fund – Grants from this fund support programs that create opportunities for women and children through responsive philanthropy and community involvement.
  • Arts Fund – Grants from this fund support programs that enhance the culture, economy and quality of life in Kenosha County; the fund is particularly interested in: a) opportunities and creative initiatives for expanding art in Kenosha; b) urgent needs which sustain fledgling organizations or efforts; and/or c) projects that have educational value.

In previous years, the Foundation awarded grants between $500 and $18,000 to area not-for-profit organizations. In 2012, the Foundation awarded 28 grants, totaling $79,500, from these funds. Applications must be received by the Foundation no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, February 28, 2013. A committee of volunteers from around Kenosha County will help select award recipients; grant awards will be announced in late spring. Grant criteria and application forms are available on the Foundation’s website – For additional questions, contact, or call 262-654-2412.

The Kenosha Community Foundation, organized in 1926 as a tax-exempt public charity, actively manages permanent endowments established by individuals, families and business organizations. The Foundation manages over $5 million in endowment funds and each year awards over $200,000 in grants and scholarships to Kenosha area non-profit organizations and students.


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