Founded in 1926 as a tax-exempt public charity, we are a collection of endowed and donor-advised charitable funds established by individuals, families, organizations, and businesses.

To establish these charitable funds, we accept gifts of any size to advance civic, cultural, educational, health, and welfare organizations and initiatives in Kenosha County.

From these charitable funds, we allocate grants to local not-for-profit organizations, award scholarships to deserving area students, and sponsor Kenosha area cultural and social initiatives and events.

We proudly #GiveLocalKenosha.

Our Mission:
Helping people to enhance the present and insure the future of the Kenosha Community.

News from the Foundation

NOW OPEN – Our Community Needs Assessment Survey

To identify the emerging needs in our region, the Foundation, in collaboration with the Kenosha County UW-Extension​, is conducting an on-line Community Needs Assessment Survey beginning today – November 8.

We invite all residents of Kenosha County to provide us their feedback through the survey which can be found at:


The #WhatKenoshaNeeds2019 survey will be available through December 8.

With this short survey, we want to collect the community’s views on the priorities, opportunities, and challenges in Kenosha and Kenosha County. This survey will help us to identify issues and areas where grant funding may be needed are most. We will also share the results with other public and private charitable organizations and community development groups in Kenosha County.

In 2017, we conducted a similar survey – #WhatKenoshaNeeds – and found that the most significant social issues/challenges facing our community included:

• Impacts of Substance Abuse (Drugs and Alcohol)
• Mental Health Support and Service Needs
• More Transportation Options
• Crime Prevention
• Homelessness and the need for Affordable Housing

We would like to know if these have changed from 2017.

NOW ACCEPTING – applications for 2020 CBK Small Grants

The Kenosha Community Foundation is now accepting applications for 2020 awards from its new CBK Small Grant program.

The purpose of the CBK Small Grant program is to provide funds “to groups offering programs in the arts or the understanding of our natural world. It will emphasize cross-cultural and multi-generational programs in both areas, whenever possible.”

Based on these criteria, the Foundation welcomes requests for funding for projects/initiatives in one or more of the following areas: the arts, culture, nature, and the environment:

• The award can be used as a contribution to an existing project/initiative or to help start a new program/initiative.
• Not-for-profit organizations, government agencies and/or educational institutions are welcome to apply.

All submissions must be made using an online Google Form (go to http://bit.ly/CBKGrants2020).

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2020.

Click here for more information about the CBK Small Grants Program.


Presented by the Foundation's Kenosha Arts Fund.