The Kenosha Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $56,150 to 13 Kenosha County not-for-profit organizations and projects from the income earned by the Foundation’s unrestricted endowment funds. According to Executive Director Robert Schneider, the Foundation awarded these grants in alignment with the #WhatKenoshaNeeds community needs assessment survey that the Community Foundation conducted (in partnership with the Kenosha County UW-Extension) in November 2017.
“Most of the 13 grants will address needs in three priority areas that were identified in the #WhatKenoshaNeeds survey – especially programs that address the impacts of substance abuse; provide mental health services, and deliver local transportation options for numerous Kenosha County residents.”
With these grant awards, the Foundation completes its competitive grant making for 2018. This year, the Foundation awarded competitive grants to not-for-profit organizations totaling $109,299 – a two percent increase from 2017 ($107,000). Earlier in January 2018, the Foundation awarded $53,149 in grants from its four Field of Interest funds.
List of Grants Awarded June 2018 by the Kenosha Community Foundation
From the Community Foundation’s pool of unrestricted endowment funds, 13 grants were awarded to:
• Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha to support its “Gus the Bus” Transportation Project that provides free transportation to youth that attend the center several days per week.
• Bridges Community Center to support Facilitator Training and Participant Incentive Project to address the need of on-going training for paid staff and volunteer group facilitators
• Hope Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse to support an Outpost location that the organization is establishing west of I-94, so that Westosha residents can receive services similar to Kenosha location
• Hospice Alliance to support the purchase of medical lock boxes that will securely store opioids and other pain medications which are critical for comfort care at the end of life.
• Kenosha Achievement Center (KAC) to support the organization’s transportation services which serves beneficiaries that attend their programs, including: Early Intervention, Early Head Start and Sprouts, Summer Employment Exploration, Adult Day Service, the Summer Employment Exploration.
• Kenosha (KAFASI) for its Volunteer Transportation Service for Kenosha residents over 60 and adults with disabilities.
• Kenosha Literacy Council to support the “Creating Literacy Leaders” program that helps adults improve their English and computer literacy skills to gain employment or post-secondary education.
• Kenosha Public Library to support the expansion of the Bookmobile Fleet with smaller vehicles to bring their services seniors, youth and the physically challenged in more communities.
• Kenosha YMCA to support the “Frank Neighborhood Project” with Achievement Gap which provides educational enrichment assistance to students at the Frank School, focusing on Math/Literacy.
• National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Kenosha County for its Rideabout Rewards pilot program that distributes bicycles, helmet and locks to participants in the Community Support Program (CSP), Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) program, and at Bridges Community Center for exercise and transportation.
• The Shalom Center of the Interfaith Network to support the Individuals in Need of Nightly Shelter (INNS) (homeless shelter) program, targeting clients with substance abuse and mental health issues.
• The Sharing Center to support its Resource Center and Emergency Service Programs that helps rural residents of Kenosha County.
• Women and Children’s Horizons for its program that serves adult/children of domestic violence and sexual assault, and its batterers’ treatment program.