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Status of 2021 Grant Opportunities from Unrestricted Funds

The Foundation is no longer accepting proposals from not-for-profit organizations for 2021 grants from our Unrestricted Funds.

Grant awards will be announced later in spring 2021.

A Review of the 2020 Grants from Unrestricted Funds

In June 2020, the Foundation awarded grants totaling $55,960 to 12 Kenosha County not-for-profit organizations and projects from the income earned by our Unrestricted Funds. Receiving the 2020 Unrestricted Funds grants:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha to support Gus the Bus transportation initiative for the 20/21 school year. Free transportation provided to elementary students who attend the club 3 or more days a week.
  • Carthage College to partner with Veterans Outreach Wisconsin, the Carthage Veterans storytelling project integrates theatre, playwriting, and creative writing in a series of workshops to provide healing to veterans.
  • ELCA Urban Outreach for enhancements to the Outreach peace/vegetable garden with meditation benches and additional raised garden beds to help with the mental health of clients.
  • Girl Scouts of Southeast Wisconsin to help provide transportation for Kenosha County girls to attend camp activities in Kenosha. Giving access to outdoor experiences.
  • Girls on the Run for a positive youth program that addresses social, emotional, mental and physical wellness for 8-13 ages.
  • Kenosha Achievement Center for Parent Education and Therapeutic Coaching for Kids with Special Needs program.
  • Kenosha YMCA for the Frank Neighborhood Project Brass and Lincoln Middle School achievers program, providing social-emotional learning, educational assistance, transportation, math, and literacy five days a week.
  • Shalom Center for the Shalom Home Assistance Program to help decrease the length of stay in the shelter program and help obtain permanent housing.
  • The Sharing Center for Rural Crisis and Resource Center-Assuring families in rural Kenosha County have access to basic needs and crisis services including hunger, chronic poverty, underemployment, affordable housing/homelessness.
  • Kenosha Human Development Services for the Help Up Help More-providing mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness assistance to our community.
  • Kenosha Literacy Council for the Community Connections-Integrated English Civics education project to increase literacy skills by providing experiential learning.
  • Shoreland Lutheran High School for the Heart Smarts-Educational tool to shape minds as they develop to teach about heart disease.

  • For the 2020 grant cycle, we supported 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 affordable housing/homelessness, 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/December 2019.

    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.

    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