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Now Reviewing Proposals for 2022 Grants from Unrestricted Funds

The Foundation is now reviewing proposals for 2022 Grants from our family of Unrestricted Funds. The Foundation received 23 grant proposals totaling $207,000 in this grant cycle. (In May 2021, the Foundation awarded grants from its Unrestricted Funds totaling $55,960 to 13 Kenosha County not-for-profit organizations and projects.)

The 2022 Unrestricted Fund grants will be awarded in late spring 2022.

Overall, with grants from our family of Unrestricted Funds, the Foundation aims to support projects of not-for-profit organizations that align with the Foundation’s mission “to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Kenosha County.”

For 2022 grants from Unrestricted Funds, the Foundation intends to:

    Encourage proposals from organizations for programs that meet the basic needs of beneficiaries. Program examples include mental health support services, education-related needs including on-line access, housing /shelter assistance, and food/meal/voucher programs.
    In light of the ongoing pandemic environment, encourage proposals from organizations to assist and address special needs that continue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic; examples are IT infrastructure work, personal protection equipment and other needs to improve the safety of the organization’s staff, volunteers, and beneficiaries.

Additionally, for grants from the Unrestricted Funds, the Kenosha Community Foundation gives priority to:

• Collaborative efforts involving two or more organizations that jointly planning and delivering projects that offer creative solutions or ideas.
• Programs and projects that use Foundation funds to leverage other funding sources.

Submit proposals by email to: email@kenoshafoundation.org

About 2021 Grants from Unrestricted Funds

2021 Unrestricted Funds GrantsIn May 2021, the Foundation awarded grants totaling $55,960 to 13 Kenosha County not-for-profit organizations and projects from the income earned by our Unrestricted Funds. Receiving the 2021 Unrestricted Funds grants:

  • Alano Club to assist with building repairs.
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kenosha to support the “Fast Track Kenosha” youth mentoring program.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha to support the AM Adventure program that offers extended hours for youth programming during the summer and on non-school days.
  • inVest of Pleasant Prairie to support “Chair to Care”; in collaboration with Pleasant Prairie RecPlex: Purchase of a ROMANO chair to address sensory needs of clients with physical/intellectual disabilities.
  • Kenosha Achievement Center (KAC) to support special needs education and therapeutic coaching of families.
  • Kemper Center. Inc. to support the Anderson Art Center’s summer art camp for children from low-income families.
  • Kenosha Human Development Services to support Juvenile Crisis Services – 1 24-hour crisis response for youth and families in Kenosha County.
  • Kenosha Literacy Council to support the “Community Connections” integrated English Civics education project to increase participant literacy skills by providing experiential learning that helps literacy students learn about their community.
  • Kenosha Public Museums Foundation to support virtual education enhancements through the purchase of new video, computer and WiFi equipment.
  • Kenosha Visiting Nurse Association to support telehealth-virtual visits by nurses and therapists with patients.
  • Kenosha YMCA to support the Frank Neighborhood Project’s Brass Community School and Lincoln Middle School Achievers Program that provides social-emotional learning and educational assistance and transportation.
  • Open Wings Learning to support online learning programs for students with significant social/emotional needs.
  • The Shalom Center of the Interfaith Network to support the Just One Step Deposit Program – a pilot “Shalom to Home Assistance” project to rapidly rehouse homeless persons.
  • 2021 grants aligned with the needs assessment the Foundation conducted in partnership with the United Way of Kenosha County in November 2020. Many of this year’s grants went to programs that address a need that became apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Our Family of Unrestricted Endowment Funds

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