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Community Foundation awards over $51,000 in grants from its Field of Interest Funds

The Kenosha Community Foundation has awarded 28 grants totaling $51,501 to non-profit organizations and projects serving Kenosha County residents.

Listed below are the grants that the Foundation awarded from five of its Field of Interest Funds endowment funds – the LaFave Family Fund, the OMC Legacy Fund, Women’s Fund, Kenosha Arts Fund and the Kubasiewicz Family Trust.

List of Grants Awarded January 2019 by the Kenosha Community Foundation

From the LaFave Family Fund (established by the estate of Susann LaFave), nine grants were made to:
• Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha to support its Dipolomas2Degrees college readiness program.
• Fleeing Artists Theatre to support fall 2019 performances at local high schools and Summer Shakespeare.
• 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 Promise Program that provides leadership education for girls from low income neighborhoods in Kenosha.
• Kenosha Achievement Center to support the pre-employment assistance to special needs clients.
• Kenosha Literacy Council to support its Family Literacy Nights program.
• Kenosha Public Museum Foundation to support enhancing of the museum’s education resources on Native American populations and history.
• Lemon Street Gallery and ArtSpace to support its StudiO-K ceramics program for Hope Council clients.
• Shalom Center of the Interfaith Network to support its Expanding Opportunities for Homeless Families program.

NOTE: Additionally each year, the LaFave Family Fund supports a scholarship at the College of Communications of Marquette University’s (Ms. LaFave’s alma mater).

From the Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) Legacy Fund, eight grants targeting youth programs to:
• Center for Collaborative Research to support its Press-On Wheels After School print- and papermaking workshops at the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha.
• ELCA Outreach Center to support its summer camp for inner city Kenosha grade school youth.
• Faith, Hope and Love for its Duffels for Kids program which works in conjunction with law enforcement, foster care, homeless, and domestic abuse shelters, schools and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
• Girl Scouts of Southeastern Wisconsin to help provide financial assistance to girls to attend its outdoor summer camp.
• Kenosha YMCA to support its Dedicated Dads program that supports single fathers – a collaboration with the Kenosha / Racine Community Action.
• Kenosha Achievement Center for Voyage Transportation Assistance for young adults with disabilities.
• Shalom Center for its Kids Succeed program.
• Sharing Center for its In School Child Nutrition program serving Westosha’s low-income students.

From the Women’s Fund, six grants to programs that benefit women and children to:
• Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha for their Teen Vision and Learning program.
• Girl Scouts of Southeastern Wisconsin for its Trail to Confidence program for under-served urban and latina girls living in economically challenged neighborhoods.
• Faith, Hope and Love for their Duffels for Kids program.
• Kenosha Literacy Council for their Women in Focus interactive workshops on women’s issues.
• Sharing Center to help provide free transportation for disadvantaged clients in Western Kenosha County.
• Women and Children’s Horizon to help with the emergency needs of women and children at their emergency shelter.

In addition, the Women’s Fund will also support the Kenosha Women’s Network’s 2019 Susan B. Anthony – Women of Influence Awards.

From the Kubasiewicz Family Trust, a grant to:
• LGBT Center of Southeastern Wisconsin for their youth summer camp program.

From the Kenosha Arts Fund, four grants were made to:
• Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha for a West African Drumming Workshop for members to experience and participate in Dunun and Djembe drum circles.
• Carthage College Music Department to support “That’s What She Said” Women composers seminar, concerts and educational activities focused on women composers in collaboration with community partners.
• Center for Collaborative Research to support two print exhibitions, including “Wisconsin Prints” – a curated exhibition of hand printed artwork by the state’s professional, emerging and student artists.
• Fleeing Artists Theatre to support its free Summer Shakespeare performances of classic plays performed in Kenosha area parks, produced annually in partnership with the Kenosha Public Library.