Application period open now for Kenosha Community Foundation grants

kenosha-community-foundationThe Kenosha Community Foundation announces that local not-for- profit organizations can now apply for 2017 grants.

According to Foundation Executive Director Robert Schneider, the area’s community foundation will make grants from four of the funds it manages. The Foundation is seeking proposals to be funded from the following:

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 2016, the Foundation awarded 20 grants, totaling just over $39,000, from these four funds. The grants awarded from these four funds ranged from $500 to $5,000, the average grant was $1,900.

Applications must be received by the Foundation no later than 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2016.

A committee of volunteers from around Kenosha County will help select award recipients. Grant awards will be announced in January 2017.

Grant criteria and application forms are available on the Foundation’s website –

For additional questions, contact, or call 262-654- 2412.

Note: Applications for 2017 grants from the Kenosha Community Foundation’s Unrestricted Funds will be released in December 2016.

To answer the questions that the Foundation receives concerning how it operates and makes grants (especially as it introduces a new grant making schedule for 2017), all are invited to attend the following informational meeting: The Kenosha Community Foundation: About Us and Our Grant Making, 4 pm, Thursday, Aug. 18, Kenosha Public Library- Southwest, 7979 38th Ave., Kenosha.

This 30-40 minute discussion will include a brief presentation along with a question and answer session led by Executive Director Robert Schneider and volunteers from the Foundation’s various committees. Members of the public – especially the Foundation’s (current and future) donors and (past, present and potential) grantees – are welcome to attend. The session is free, but please RSVP at

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 $7.25 million in endowment funds and each year awards over $300,000 in grants and scholarships to Kenosha area not-for-profit organizations and students.


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