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Foundation awards over $53,000 in grants from four Field of Interest Funds

The Kenosha Community Foundation has awarded 32 grants totaling $53,419 to 24 non-profit organizations and projects serving Kenosha County residents. The Foundation awarded the grants from four of its Field of Interest Funds endowment funds – the LaFave Family Fund, the OMC Legacy Fund, Women’s Fund and Kenosha Arts Fund.

The full list of grants awarded is posted below:

From the LaFave Family Fund (established by the estate of Susann LaFave), 11 grants were made to:

• Agape Love Christian Ministries to support its Dad I Need You program at Kenosha County Jail.
• Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha to support its Dipolomas2Degrees college readiness program.
• Carthage College Music Department to support its Six Appeal acapella performances.
• Center for Collaborative Research to help expand its Press on Wheels mobile education program.
• Fresh Inc. Music Festival for Emerging Composers and Musicians (held at UW-Parkside and organized by Fifth House Ensemble) to support Kenosha area music performances by festival artists.
• Girls Scouts of Wisconsin for its skill building (leadership, collaboration problem solving) classes.
• Kenosha Achievement Center to support pre-employment soft skills training for youth and adults.
• Kenosha Creative Space for the publication of CREATE Magazine that promotes area arts efforts.
• Kenosha Literacy Council to support its Family Literacy Nights program.
• Lemon Street Gallery and ArtSpace to support its ceramics program for Hope Council clients.
• United Way of Kenosha County to support its McKinley Tutoring early-grade reading initiative.

From the Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) Legacy Fund, five grants targeting youth programs to:
• ELCA Outreach Center to support its summer camp for inner city Kenosha grade school youth.
• Kenosha YMCA to support its Dedicated Dads program that supports single fathers, a collaboration with the Kenosha / Racine Community Action.
• Open Wings Learning to support its Learning by Doing program.
• Sharing Center for its In School Child Nutrition program serving Westosha’s low-income students.
• Women and Children’s Horizon for its Angel Fund that assists children and teens at the shelter.

From the Foundation’s Women’s Fund, 11 grants to programs that benefit women and children to:
• Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha for a program of self-defense classes for young females. (Funds for this grant are from the Kubasiewicz Family Trust).
• Girl Scouts of Wisconsin for its Trails to Confidence camping / environmental education program.
• Habitat for Humanity of Kenosha to help it build up to five homes for local low income families.
• Kenosha Achievement Center to support its Hanen speech and language therapy program.
• Kenosha Common Markets, Inc. for its Market-Moola program that incents FoodShares families to shop at HarborMarket and make healthy food purchase choices.
• Kenosha County Association for Home and Community Education for its participation in the Wisconsin BookwormsTM reading program.
• Kenosha Literacy Council for their Women in Focus workshops on women’s issues.
• Kenosha YMCA to support its Dress for Success women’s employment and empowerment program.
• Lemon Street Gallery and ArtSpace for its after-school ceramics studio for middle school students.
• Shalom Center its Kids Succeed tutoring and cultural enrichment program, conducted with assistance from Carthage College.
• Sharing Center to help provide free transportation for its low income clients.

From the Foundation’s Kenosha Arts Fund, five grants were made to:
• Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha for its Enhance Workforce Development program, in collaboration with several other agencies, that includes youth participation in creating community art projects.
• Hospice Alliance to support its arts-based therapy program and services for its patients.
• Kemper Center to support its Kids Space Art Camp art classes held at the Anderson Arts Center.
• Kenosha Achievement Center for its Garden Works Agribusiness horticulture/art therapy program.
• Shalom Center its Kids Succeed tutoring and cultural enrichment program.