Founded in 1926 as a tax-exempt public charity, we are a collection of endowed and donor-advised charitable funds established by individuals, families, organizations, and businesses.

To establish these charitable funds, we accept gifts of any size to advance civic, cultural, educational, health, and welfare organizations and initiatives in Kenosha County.

From these charitable funds, we allocate grants to local not-for-profit organizations, award scholarships to deserving area students, and sponsor Kenosha area cultural and social initiatives and events.

We proudly #GiveLocalKenosha.

Our Mission:
Helping people to enhance the present and insure the future of the Kenosha Community.

News from the Foundation

NOW ACCEPTING – Proposals for 2020 Grants from Unrestricted Funds

In 2020, with Unrestricted funds, the Kenosha Community Foundation:

  • Will fund projects from not-for-profit organizations that align with the Foundation’s mission “to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Kenosha County.”
  • Encourages non-profit organizations with projects that provide services in the areas of homelessness and affordable housing, mental health services or affordable transportation options to apply (these are areas identified in the Foundation’s 2019 Community Needs Assessment Survey.)
  • 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.

For proposal application forms – click here.

Proposals are due March 19, 2020.

ANNOUNCING – 2020 Field of Interest Grant Awards

The Kenosha Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling $49,704 from four of our Field of Interest charitable funds – the LaFave Family Fund, the OMC Legacy Fund, Women’s Fund, and the Kenosha Arts Fund – to non-profit organizations and projects serving Kenosha County residents. To view the full list of grants awarded, click here.

NOW ACCEPTING – Applications for 2020 Scholarships

NEW FOR 2020 – The Howard J. Brown Scholarships
For information and application forms – click here.

Applications are due March 5, 2020.
The scholarship is for high school seniors graduating who will graduate from a public high school in Kenosha County, plan to attend a college or university in Wisconsin, have a GPA of 3.5 (out of 4.0) or better, and plan to major in a communications-related subject including: Journalism, Communications, Speech, English, History / Social Science, Languages / Linguistics, Philosophy, Cinema, Film, Television and/or Cultural Studies, and Creative or Professional Writing.

Mahone Fund’s CEO College Scholarships
For information and application forms – click here.

Applications are due February 17, 2020.
The scholarship is open to all eligible Kenosha Unified School District High Schools, Shoreland Lutheran, Christian Life and St. Joseph Catholic Academy High School seniors pursuing their education at a two-year or four-year institution in the U.S.; students with a Grade Point Average (GPA) 2.5 or over (out of 4.0) should apply.

Herman and Virginia Gundlach Scholarships
For information and application forms – click here.
Applications are due March 5, 2020.
The Herman and Virginia Gundlach Scholarships are intended for students in their senior year currently attending a Kenosha County public high school. Students must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) between 2.5 to 3.5 (out of 4.0) and plan to attend a four-year college, university or two-year accredited technical school in the state of Wisconsin.

Bradford High School Class of ’61 Scholarships
For information and application forms – click here.
Applications are due March 5, 2020.
Intended for seniors from Kenosha’s Mary D. Bradford High School who plan to pursue a two-year or four-year college or university degree at an accredited Wisconsin institution; students with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 – 3.5 (out of 4.0) should apply.

Click here to find out what Kenosha County residents told us #WhatKenoshaNeeds2019.


The 2019-2021 Sculpture Walk-HarborPark Exhibition
Click on the logo above to see photos of the current exhibition.
Sculpture Walk-HarborPark is presented by the Foundation's Kenosha Arts Fund.