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Community Foundation announces 2018 Field of Interest Funds grant opportunities

The Kenosha Community Foundation announces that local not-for-profit organizations can now apply for 2018 grants from four Field of Interest Funds that it manages.

Click here for a 2018 Field of Interest grant application, grant criteria for each fund, and instructions.

Foundation Executive Director Robert Schneider says 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 three grants from this fund – the average grant was $2,750.

• 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 seven grants from this fund – the average grant was $2,850.

• Women’s Fund – Supports programs that create opportunities for women and children through responsive philanthropy and community involvement. Last year, the Foundation awarded eight grants from this fund – the average grant was $1,050.

• Arts Fund – Supports programs that enhance the culture, economy and quality of life in Kenosha County; the fund is particularly interested in: a) opportunities and creative initiatives for expanding art in Kenosha; b) urgent needs which sustain fledgling organizations or efforts; and/or c) projects that have educational value.
NOTE: There is a maximum of $1,000 per grant request on 2018 Arts Fund awards.

In January 2017, the Foundation awarded 20 grants, totaling $51,000, from these four funds.

Applications must be received by the Foundation no later than 4 p.m. Friday, September 29, 2017.

Committees of volunteers from around Kenosha County will help select award recipients. Grant awards will be announced in January 2018.

Applications for 2018 grants from the Foundation’s Unrestricted Funds will be released in December 2017.

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

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).

Visit us on Instagram!

The Kenosha Community Foundation is now on Instagram?

Visit us at https://www.instagram.com/kenoshafoundation.

On Instagram, we will be highlighting the Foundation’s work, projects, and events including: #SculptureWalkHarborPark, #HarborParkJRP, and #LincolnParkLive.

First postings involve recent photos of the “Free to Fly” sculpture – its temporary installation in Civic Center Park is a project that we are proud to have sponsored – click here on the link to view one such posting.

#KenoshaSculptures #KenoshaFun


2017-2019 Sculpture Walk – HarborPark

Photography from Visit Kenosha

arts-fund-logo-banner for printsculpturewalk_logo from hambrock

Download Application HERE

The mission of the Kenosha Community Foundation Arts Fund is to encourage and enhance cultural life and public art in the Kenosha (WI) area through facilitation, recognition, and financial support. The Arts Fund initiative is a sculpture walk consisting of a two-year installation of sculptors’ work for which each artist will receive an honorarium of $2,000. The Kenosha Community Foundation Arts Fund is soliciting artists for the 2017-2019 Sculpture WalkHarborPark Exhibit.

HarborPark is located along Kenosha’s active lakefront. This area is home to parks, beaches, harbors, local cultural amenities and events, an upscale residential development, local businesses, restaurants and Kenosha’s historic business and municipal district. An existing pedestrian promenade accommodates the placement of the Sculpture Walk project. The promenade meanders through HarborPark providing brilliant views of Kenosha’s harbor, Lake Michigan, and various amenities of the area. The sculpture walk adds to the scenic walk offering residents and visitors a pleasant, cultural experience. The art sculptures are enjoyed by thousands and provide varying views of the landscape throughout the four seasons. The HarborPark-Sculpture Walk allows opportunities for artists to exhibit their work in a unique setting year round.


Artists will be commissioned to exhibit original sculptures from their existing collections. Works are required to be created in any durable media. High winds and lake effect conditions are a significant factor. Sculptures must withstand weather elements and abuse of an outdoor display. The HarborPark area is not secure and is not surveyed by security cameras. Content must be appropriate for all ages. Sculptures should not have sharp edges or be an
endangerment to the public. The committee reserves the right to inspect all pieces and instruct the removal of a sculpture if the committee feels it presents any hazards.

HarborPark offers the opportunity for a variety of sculptures. Life size and/or monumental sculptures of varying sizes are recommended. The public art will be mounted on square, concrete foundation slabs measuring 6’x6’ or 10’x10’. The piece must be structured so that the concrete slab is capable of supporting the art. Selection of sculptures and sizes may be dependent on the available sizes of foundation slabs. Sculptures must be ready for outdoor installation with a minimum mounting system of no less than 3/8” bolts and no greater than 3/4” bolts. A minimum 3-point bolting system is required. A template board with exact bolt locations is required and must accompany sculptures. Please indicate if you cannot provide your own drill equipment or power tools for installing and de-installing the sculptures – assistance may be available. Crane equipment for lifting and setting sculptures will be provided during installation and de-installation.

To accommodate interested parties, all pieces must be available for sale. The Kenosha Community Foundation Arts Fund will collect a 20% commission on sculptures sold during the period of the exhibit. The artist’s name, title of sculpture, material of piece, year the sculpture was created, and sponsor of the sculpture will appear on a recognition plaque mounted on the base of the concrete foundation slab.

Sculptures will be located on the walk for two (2) years. Artists are responsible for delivery of and the removal of their sculpture at the expiration of the exhibit. If sculpture is not removed upon removal deadline, the sculpture becomes the property of the Arts Fund. Details of installation and removal dates will be submitted upon selection of art and artist. The 2017- 2019 Installation is expected the mid to late September 2017.

Artists will receive a $2,000 honorarium per piece for the two-year period. The honorarium will be distributed over the two-year period per the following breakdown:

$1,000 upon installation of the sculpture
$500 at the start of the second year of the exhibit.
$500 upon de-installation of the sculpture. Please note: Final payment will not be given until sculpture is de-installed from the exhibit.

Each artist will be under contract with the Kenosha Community Foundation Arts Fund for the duration of the exhibit. Selected artists are responsible for transportation to and from the site, and are required to be on site to oversee installation.

Application Deadline: Midnight, March 15, 2017Midnight, April 17, 2017.
Review and Selection: April 30, 2017 (Selected sculptures must be approved by City of Kenosha)
Artist Notification: No later than May 15, 2017 (Dependent on approvals by City of Kenosha)
Installation Dates: Anticipated week of September 11, 2017
The Arts Fund reserves the right to update or revise the schedule as necessary.

A selection panel composed of community members and facilitated by the Arts Fund will choose the finalists. Selections will be presented to the City of Kenosha review boards for final approval. Artists will be contacted once the decision has been made in a timely fashion to allow for planning of installation of sculpture.
Selection criteria including but are not limited to:

  • Durable media, must withstand all weather elements, including high winds off Lake Michigan
  • Suitable for an outdoor setting and safe to the public
  • Represents diverse materials and perspectives
  • Overall appeal and aesthetic quality


The Sculpture Walk – HarborPark 2017-2019 Exhibit Application Form (follows the Call for Art) including required supporting information must be received by midnight, March 15, 2017 Midnight, April 17, 2017.

Email to:
Kenosha Community Foundation – Arts Fund
Please indicate “2017-2019 Sculpture Walk – HarborPark Submittal” in the subject line
Mail to:
Kenosha Community Foundation
Attention: Arts Fund
600 52nd St #110
Kenosha, WI 53140

For more information on the Sculpture Walk-HarborPark and to view previous exhibits, please
visit: http://www.kenoshafoundation.org/grant-information/arts-fund/

If you have questions, please contact the Kenosha Community Foundation office at:
Phone: (262) 654-2412 or
Email: artsfund@kenoshafoundation.org.

We look forward to your submittal!

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.



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.

Presentation about the Foundation and our Grant Making – August 2016

On August 18, the Kenosha Community Foundation held a public meeting at the Kenosha Public Library’s Southwest Branch to answer the questions that we receive about how we operate and make grants.

About 30 grantees (past, present, and potential) and a few donors joined us at the 30-40 minute discussion that included a brief presentation (see below) along with a question and answer session led by Executive Director Robert Schneider and volunteers from the Foundation’s various

August 2016 Presentation

If you missed the session, click HERE to view a PDF of the presentation that covered: what a community foundation and its three functions are, how charitable funds work, the Foundation’s charitable funds that make grants, our grant review process, and the new 2017 grant making schedule.

The Kenosha Community Foundation is now accepting applications from local not-for-profit organizations for 2017 grants from four of the funds we manage:

OMC Legacy Fund
LaFave Family Fund
Women’s Fund
Kenosha Arts Fund

Click here for the 2017 Grant Application (PDF version).
(Click here for the Word version.)

Applications must be received by the Foundation no later than 4 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2016.