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Community Foundation announces 2019 Field of Interest Funds grant opportunities

The Kenosha Community Foundation announces that local not-for-profit organizations can now apply for 2019 grants from four Field of Interest Funds that it manages.

Below find application forms that include grant criteria and application instructions:

According to Executive Director Robert Schneider, the area’s community foundation is seeking proposals to be funded from the following endowment funds:

OMC Legacy Fund – Supports programs and activities that improve the general welfare and enhance the quality of life for youth in the greater Kenosha community. Last year, the Foundation awarded five grants from this fund – the average grant was $2,140.
LaFave Family Fund – Supports programs and organizations that promote understanding, communication and a sense of tolerance between individuals and groups through education, arts and humanities. Last year, the Foundation awarded 11 grants from this fund – the average grant was $2,411.
Women’s Fund – Supports programs that create opportunities for women and children through responsive philanthropy and community involvement. Last year, the Foundation awarded 11 grants from this fund – the average grant was $973.
Kenosha Arts Fund – Supports non-profit organizations which offer arts programming with the purpose of enhancing the culture, economy, and quality of life in Kenosha County. Particularly interested in creative initiatives which expand and diversify the arts in Kenosha, address needs that sustain developing organizations or efforts, and/or have educational value. Last year, the Foundation awarded five grants from this fund – the average grant was $900.

In January 2018, the Foundation awarded 32 grants, totaling $53,000, from these four funds.

Applications must be received by the Foundation no later than 4 p.m. Friday, September 28, 2018.

Committees of volunteers from around Kenosha County will help select award recipients. Grant awards will be announced in January 2019.

Applications for 2019 grants from the Foundation’s Unrestricted Funds will be released in December 2018.
For additional questions, contact email@kenoshafoundation.org, or call 262-654-2412.

Community Foundation awards 13 grants totaling $56,150 from Unrestricted endowment funds

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 Gab 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 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.

Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Foundation’s Cropley Scholarships

The Kenosha Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the Cropley Scholarship. Kenosha County residents who are currently attending college can apply for the Cropley Scholarships – all academic majors are welcome to apply.

In addition to a short application form and proof of Grade Point Average (GPA), such as a college transcript, the Foundation requests that all applicants answer two questions:

• How you are currently paying for your education?
• What you want to do once you complete your academic studies?

Responses to each question must be 250 words or less. Schneider says that “applicants’ responses should be well-written, clear, and concise. We strongly encourage the applicant to have a family member or friend review the responses before they submit with their application.”

New this year: all applications for the Foundation’s Cropley Scholarships must be submitted by email to: scholarships@kenoshafoundation.org.

Click here for applications forms for the Foundation’s Cropley Scholarships.

Deadline for applications is Friday, June 15, 2018.

Recipients of the Foundation’s Cropley Scholarship will be announced later this summer.

In 2018, the Foundation intends to award at least two students with Foundation’s Cropley Scholarships.In 2017, the Foundation awarded four Cropley Scholarships – each worth $3,000 – to students attending Carthage College, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Parkside, and UW-Whitewater.

Eligibility for the Foundation’s Cropley Scholarship
To be eligible for the Kenosha Community Foundation’s Cropley Scholarship, an applicant must:

• Be a resident of Kenosha County.
• Be an undergraduate enrolled at an accredited college/university in the US and have completed at least one year of study.
• Have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) out of 4.0.
• Submit a scholarship application form, proof of GPA (such as a college transcript) and a photo.

Foundation awards 14 grants totaling $56,000 from Unrestricted endowment funds

The Foundation awarded grants totaling $56,000 to 14 Kenosha County not-for-profit organizations and projects. According to Executive Director Robert Schneider, these grants are derived from the income earned by the Foundation’s Unrestricted endowment funds.

“Nearly all of these grants directly support the operations of 14 local not-for-profit organizations that serve our Community, this includes emergency capital projects and equipment purchases,” Schneider said.

“Many of these grants will help fulfill some unglamorous needs – like repairing a roof, replacing equipment or rehabbing a blighted building – we understand that they are vital to the organizations and also the ones that most often that fail to attract donors.”

With these grant awards, the Foundation completes the its competitive grant making for 2017 – earlier in January, the Foundation awarded $51,000 in grants from its Field of Interest funds. This year, the Foundation awarded competitive grants to not-for-profit organizations totaling $107,000 – a 19 percent increase from 2016.

NOTE: Below find a full list of 2017 Unrestricted Funds grants awarded by the Community Foundation:

June 2017 Unrestricted Funds Grants Brochure

The Mary D. Bradford High School Class of 1961 Scholarship Fund issues its first awards to four Bradford High seniors

The Board of Directors of the Kenosha Community Foundation congratulates the four seniors at Mary D. Bradford High School who are the first recipients of the Bradford High School Class of ‘61 Scholarships:

Sonja Katt plans to attend Carthage College.



Cassandra Millard plans to attend Carthage College.





Lindsey Orthmann plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.





Cooper Scarmardo plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison.





To receive the $1,500 scholarship, Bradford High seniors must plan to attend a college or university in Wisconsin. Nineteen students from Bradford High applied for the scholarship.

In 2016, members of the Mary D. Bradford High School class of 1961 established a scholarship fund at the Kenosha Community Foundation, to benefit of students graduating from their alma mater
who plan to pursue a two-year or four-year degree at an accredited Wisconsin college or university.

Fresh from the Grammy Awards, the Donny McCaslin BLACKSTAR Quartet coming to Kenosha March 9

Jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin and the quartet that performed with the late David Bowie on his multi-Grammy Award winning, final album – “Blackstar” – will be a featured at University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s Jazz Week with a Thursday, March 9, FREE afternoon master class and evening concert.

The Kenosha Community Foundation presents: The Donny McCaslin Blackstar Quartet

    Master Class: 4:00 pm; FREE, open to area musicians, music students, and the public
    Concert: 7:30 pm; $10 for adults, $5 for students with ID.

Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017

Place: Frances Bedford Concert Hall
“The Rita” – The Rita Tallent Picken Center for Arts and Humanities
University of Wisconsin – Parkside
900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141-2000

To purchase tickets for the evening concert, go on-line to: uwparksidetickets.com and select the Music tab. Tickets are also available UW-Parkside box office (262-595-2564).

Joining the Community Foundation as event sponsors for the Donny McCaslin Blackstar Quartet’s Kenosha appearances are: BMO Harris Bank (principal co-sponsor), Seymour and Associates S.C., the Kenosha Creative Space, and the HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm and Blues Festival (presented each year by the Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone Fund of the Kenosha Community Foundation.)

About Donny McCaslin, the quartet and their latest release dedicated to Bowie
In 2015, Saxophonist Donny McCaslin and his quartet performed with David Bowie on his final album Blackstar – winner of multiple 2017 Grammy Awards. “It was like a dream except it was something I never could have dreamed of,” reflects McCaslin on working hand-in-hand with Bowie on “Blackstar”. “David Bowie was a visionary artist whose generosity, creative spirit, and fearlessness will stay with me the rest of my days.”

McCaslin says that his latest album “Beyond Now” on Motema Music “is dedicated to (Bowie) and to all who loved him.” For “Beyond Now”, McCaslin’s band was comprised of core personnel that performed on ”Blackstar” – among them, bassist Jonathan Maron, drummer Jason Lindner and guitarist Nate Wood are scheduled to perform at the UW-Parkside master class and concert. The quartet’s repertoire is expansive – it is comprised of two Bowie songs, covers of Deadmau5, MUTEMATH, and the Chainsmokers, as well as compelling McCaslin originals including the title composition, inspired by a track inspired by a song McCaslin recorded for “Blackstar” that didn’t make the album.

To see a video preview of McCaslin in concert (at a NPR Tiny Desk concert in January 2017), go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIbFjfH0erI.

About UW-Parkside’s Jazz Week
Again this year the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s music department will present Jazz Week – from March 6 through March 10. This week-long showcase of jazz workshops and performances – all performed in UW-Parkside’s world-class Bedford Concert Hall. For more information on Jazz Week contact Russ Johnson, UW-Parkside Director of Jazz Studies. (russell.johnson@uwp.edu).

Foundation awards over $51,000 in 2017 grants from Field of Interest Funds

The Kenosha Community Foundation has awarded 26 grants totaling over $51,000 to 22 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.

List of Grants from Field of Interest Funds Awarded January 2017 by the Kenosha Community Foundation

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

• Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha to support an English Language Learner program in conjunction with the Kenosha Literacy Council for 2016-2017 school year.
• Center for Collaborative Research to help promote its mobile printing press workshops that target Kenosha area fine arts students.
• Community Expressions to support the program’s writing workshop for Kenosha area residents.
• Fresh Inc. Music Festival for Emerging Composers and Musicians 2017, held at UW-Parkside and organized by Fifth House Ensemble.
• Kenosha Achievement Center to support its Employment Options pre-vocational services program for adults with disabilities.
• Kenosha Creative Space for its Emerging Music Performance Series that target music students in the Kenosha Unified School District.
• Kenosha Literacy Council to support its Family Literacy Nights program.
• Kenosha Public Museum Foundation to support its upcoming ‘Re-Riding’ History Exhibit.
• Lemon Street Gallery and ArtSpace to support its ceramics program for Hope Council clients.
• Shalom Center to support its Kids Succeed engagement program for homeless children.

From the Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) Legacy Fund, grants targeting youth programs awarded to:

• ELCA Outreach Center to support its summer camp for inner city Kenosha grade school youth.
• Faith, Hope and Love to support Duffels for Kids, a collaboration with the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office.
• Kenosha YMCA to support its Dedicated Dads program that supports single fathers, a collaboration with Kenosha / Racine Community Action.
• Sharing Center to support three nutrition support programs serving Westosha low-income students.

From the Foundation’s Women’s Fund, grants to programs that benefit women and children awarded to:

• Kenosha Achievement Center to support the Sprouts playgroup and depression discussion group programs.
• 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 (KCAHCE) for its participation in the Wisconsin BookwormsTM reading program.
• Kenosha Literacy Council for their Women in Focus workshops.
• Lemon Street Gallery and ArtSpace for an after-school ceramics program for Washington Middle School and Harborside Academy students.
• Shalom Center its Kids Succeed program.
• Women and Children’s Horizon to support activities for children and families its emergency shelter.

From the Foundation’s Arts Fund, grants were made to:

• Kenosha Creative Economy Strategic Plan initiative led by Kenosha’s Commission on the Arts.
• Hospice Alliance for the Music of the Soul that provides music experiences program for its patients and families.
• Southport Quilters Guild of Kenosha to support its annual quilt show held at the Kenosha Public Museum.
• Kenosha Chamber Choir to produce a choral concert focused on youth suicide prevention.

Now Available – Applications for 2017 Grants from Unrestricted Funds

The Kenosha Community Foundation is now accepting grant applications local not-for-profit organizations for 2017 grants to be funded from the Unrestricted Funds that it manages.

CLICK HERE FOR THE WORD VERSION OF THE APPLICATION FORM.

CLICK HERE FOR THE PDF VERSION OF THE APPLICATION FORM.

Applications must be received by the Foundation no later than 4 p.m. Friday, February 24, 2017.

Grant awards will be announced in June 2017.

Focus of 2017 Grant Maiking from Unrestricted Funds
For 2017, the Foundation has adopted a new the focus for grant making from the income generated by our pool of Unrestricted Funds to support the project or program of a not-for-profit organization that are in line with the Foundation’s mission to enhance the present and ensure the future of the Kenosha Community.

To accomplish this objective, the Kenosha Community Foundation plans to:

• Fund new projects from not-for-profit organizations that enhance the quality of life for the residents of Kenosha County.
• Encourage project requests from fledgling (three years or less in existence) not-for-profit organizations.
• Give priority to collaborative efforts, with two or more organizations jointly planning and delivering projects that offer creative solutions or ideas.
• Give priority to projects that use Foundation funds to leverage other funding sources.
• Award a maximum of $7,500 per grant request.

In 2016, the Foundation awarded 9 grants, totaling $50,000, from these funds; the average grant was $5,555.

For additional questions, contact email@kenoshafoundation.org, or call 262-654-2412.

Questions about the Foundation’s new focus and criteria for Unrestricted Funds grant making were reviewed at a community discussion on January 19, 2017. For copies of the slides presented at this discussion, visit the Foundation’s Facebook page or contact the Foundation atemail@kenoshafoundation.org.

Now Available – Scholarship Applications

The Kenosha Community Foundation announces that it is now accepting applications for the following scholarships:

• the new Mary D. Bradford High School Class of ’61 Scholarships, specifically for seniors at Bradford High School [Click here for the Mary D. Bradford High School Class of ’61 Scholarship application.]
• the Herman and Virginia Gundlach Scholarships for area all high school seniors who are currently attending Kenosha County’s eight public high schools [Click here for the Herman and Virginia Gundlach Scholarship application.]
• the Mahone CEO Scholarships for Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) High Schools and St. Joseph Catholic Academy High School seniors
[Click here for the Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone CEO Scholarship application.]

About the Bradford High School Class of ‘61 Scholarship
For the Bradford High School Class of ‘61 Scholarship, the Foundation seeks applications from high school seniors attending Bradford High School. In addition, applicants should:

• Have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or above
• Plan to attend a four-year college, university or two-year accredited technical school in the state of Wisconsin.

Consideration shall be given to financial need, and to evidence of extra effort in school or community activities. Three Bradford High School students will each receive a $1,500 scholarship.
Deadline for Bradford High School Class of ’61 Scholarships applications is February 28, 2017. The Foundation will announce recipients of the scholarships later in the spring.

“We are excited to offer this new scholarship opportunity to Bradford’s seniors,” says Robert Schneider, the Foundation’s Executive Director. “For more than five decades, the graduates of the Mary D. Bradford High School Class of 1961 have remained a close knit group of friend, and have discussed ways to give back to the future generations of Bradford graduates. Early this year (2016), members of the 1961 class collected funds and established a scholarship fund at the Foundation for the benefit of the current and future generations of students graduating from Bradford High.”

About the Herman and Virginia Gundlach Scholarship
For the Gundlach Scholarship, the Foundation seeks applications from high school seniors:

• Attending one of the eight public high schools in Kenosha County: Bradford, Harborside Academy, Indian Trail, LakeView Technical Academy, Reuther, Tremper, Westosha Central, Wilmot Union.
• Have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or above.
• Plan to attend a four-year college, university or two-year accredited technical school in the state of Wisconsin.

Consideration shall be given to financial need, and to evidence of extra effort in school or community activities. Each student selected will receive a $3,000 scholarship. In 2016, Foundation awarded Gundlach Scholarships to eight Kenosha County seniors.

Deadline for Gundlach Scholarship applications is February 28, 2017.

About the Mahone CEO Scholarships
The Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone Fund is offering three scholarship opportunities to all eligible Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) High Schools, and St. Joseph Catholic Academy High School seniors pursuing their education at a two-year or four-year institution:

For the Mahone Fund CEO Youth Scholarship (8 available) applicants must:

• attend one of the following high schools: Mary D. Bradford, Tremper, Reuther Central, IndianTrail Academy, LakeView Technology Academy, Harborside Academy, or St. Joseph High School;
• demonstrate financial need. For example, PROOF of financial hardship in immediate family, or eligibility for free and reduced meal benefit, etc.
• have a minimum 2.5 GPA on an unweighted scale;
• have demonstrated leadership through participation in school and community extra-curricular activities

For the Mahone Fund Carthage College Scholarship – Carthage College has partnered with the Mahone Fund to provide one full-tuition scholarship to an incoming 2017 freshman – applicants must:

• complete all the eligibility requirements for the Mahone CEO Youth Scholarship;
• have applied for admission to Carthage College;
• must have a 3.2 GPA and 23 ACT score.

For the Mahone Fund Herzing University Scholarship – Herzing University has partnered with the Mahone Fund to provide two full-tuition scholarships granted to incoming 2017 freshmen who are interested in pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree through the Herzing University system – applicants must:

• complete all the eligibility requirements for the Mahone CEO Youth Scholarship;
• have applied for admission to Herzing University;
• must meet program entrance level requirements for Herzing University

Deadline for applications for all Mahone CEO Youth Scholarships is Friday, February 17, 2017. In addition to the Foundation website, applications and additional information on these scholarships are also available at MahoneFund.org.