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The Foundation expects to announce 2020 grants from Unrestricted Funds in June.

Each year the Foundation awards grants from the income earned by a pool of named endowment funds that were established without restriction – these include:

  • Advantage Bank Officers and Directors Fund
  • Mary Frost Ashley Endowment
  • Enroth Family Endowment
  • Jessie R. Hopf Endowment
  • Ralph and Frances A. Jaeschke Fund
  • A. Allan and Isabel M. Jankus Fund
  • Kenosha News Fund
  • Orvis Family Endowment
  • Kathleen Steumke Legacy Fund
  • Charles Vignieri Fund

Focus of 2019 Grant Making from the Foundation’s Unrestricted funds
For the 2019 grant cycle, we will continue supporting projects of not-for-profit organizations that are in line with the Foundation’s mission (to enhance the present and ensure the future of the Kenosha Community), and also strongly encourage not-for-profit organizations with projects that provide services in the areas of substance abuse, mental health or transportation apply for these grants – these are the three priority areas identified in a Community Needs Assessment survey that we conducted in collaboration with the Kenosha County UW-Extension in November 2017.

Additionally, for grants from the Unrestricted Funds, the Kenosha Community Foundation will:

• 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.
• Only award a maximum of $7,500 per grant request.

2019 Grants from the Foundation’s Unrestricted funds
In June 2019, the Foundation awarded grants totaling $56,130 to 11 Kenosha County not-for-profit organizations and projects from the income earned by our Unrestricted Funds. Receiving the 2019 Unrestricted Funds grants:

  • Boys and Girls Club to support “Gus The Bus” providing free transportation for the 2019-20 School year for elementary students who attend the club three or more days a week.
  • St. Matthew’s ElderGarten to support the installation of a gravel walkway through the garden that will allow improved public access and the ElderGarten’s “Food Forest” program.
  • Hope Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse to support a “Community Resource Mapping” process that will help to identify gaps, solutions and existing activities that build protective factors to prevent substance abuse.
  • Kenosha Achievement Center to support the expansion of the “Sprouts Playgroups” to serve new locations that will increase access to quality, early childhood playgroups for low-income families.
  • Kenosha Literacy Council to support the “My Community and Me” integrated English civics education project to increase participant literacy skills through hands-on experiences and to help literacy students learn about their community.
  • Kenosha County Food Bank to support the establishment of a new food bank system that will supply foodstuffs to the county’s pantries and assist in delivery.
  • LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin to support facilitation of the “Youth and Gender Media Project” course trainings and discussions for families and educators to support transgender or gender non-conforming youth.
  • Open Wings Learning to support the needs of complex learners with disorders relating to communication, including pervasive developmental disorders, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and trauma-related delays.
  • The Shalom Center of the Interfaith Network to support the expansion of the Women’s Shelter by purchasing beds and mattresses.
  • The Sharing Center to support programming that helps ensure families living in rural Kenosha County have access to basic needs/services for mental health, domestic violence, drug addiction or chronic illness.
  • Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. to support programs that promote business ownership and entrepreneurship among women, people of color, veterans/military families and low-income residents through increased access to capital coupled with business education and counseling.