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Grants and Grant Making

Types of Grants

Advised and Non-Competitive Grants

Many grants made through the Community Foundation are made at the recommendation of the donors whose gifts established the fund from which the grant is drawn.

Designated funds – either Restricted Named Endowments or Organization Endowment Funds (funds created to benefit a specific not-for-profit organization) – payout non-competitive grants to one or more designated not-for-profit organizations each year.

Competitive Grants

The Kenosha Community Foundation considers grant applications that address community problems and opportunities in the areas of arts and culture, education, social services, and the preservation of resources including historical and cultural resources.

Each year, the Kenosha Community Foundation announces the availability of grant opportunities from its Unrestricted Funds and the following five field of interest grant programs it manages:

  • The LaFave Family Fund
  • The OMC Legacy Fund
  • Women’s Fund
  • Kenosha Arts Fund
  • CBK Small Grants Program
  • The Foundation’s Overall Competitive Grant Making Schedule

    Each year the Foundation establishes a the grant award schedule that aligns with the following calendar:

  • For grants from the following Field of Interest Funds: LaFave Family Fund, OMC Legacy Fund, Women’s Fund, Arts Fund:
    • Call for Proposals from Non-Profits: Early August
      Proposal due date: End of September
      Grant Review and Approval period: October through December
      Grants to be Awarded: January

  • For grants from the Foundation’s CBK Small Grants Program:
    • Call for Proposals from Non-Profits: November
      Proposal due date: January
      Grant Review and Approval period: February and March
      Grants to be Awarded: March/April

  • For grants from the Foundation’s Unrestricted Funds:
    • Call for Proposals from Non-Profits: January
      Proposal due date: March
      Grant Review and Approval period: April and May
      Grants to be Awarded: June

    Follow us on Facebook, monitor our homepage, attend a Foundation annual meeting, or contact us to find out the exact dates for the year’s schedule.

    Notes to Grant Applicants

    • Consideration is given primarily to those organizations that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
    • The Kenosha Community Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, or national origin.
    • Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with Foundation staff, or submit a brief letter of intent describing the project for which funding is sought, prior to submitting a completed application, to find out if the idea is potentially fundable by the Foundation.

    For advice on preparing a grant proposal, read “A Rant on Grants!”