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2022 Grants from our Field of Interest Funds

In January 2022, the Foundation awarded 25 grants totaling $52,254 to non-profit organizations and projects that serve Kenosha County residents from four of its Field of Interest Funds charitable funds – the LaFave Family Fund, the OMC Legacy Fund, Women’s Fund, and the Kenosha Arts Fund.

From the LaFave Family Fund (established by the estate of Susann LaFave), nine grants awarded to:
• Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha to support the My Life Vision Board photography program.
• Faith, Hope and Love to support Duffels for Kids provided to and distributed by first responders, foster care, homeless and domestic abuse shelters, schools and hospitals.
• Fifth House Ensemble to support the 2022 Fresh Inc Festival (held at UW-Parkside) and the festival’s Fresh Voices scholarship program for under-represented artists.
• Fleeing Artists Theatre to support a production of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” which will enable several area students to attend free of charge.
• Kenosha Achievement Center to support the purchase of equipment and supplies for Kenosha Awesome Cookies Employment Training Storefront Project.
• Kenosha Literacy Council to support its Family Literacy Nights.
• Kenosha Opera Festival to support its fellowship program.
• Kenosha Public Museums Foundation to support the expansion of Wisconsin Native American Exhibit that discusses the 13 tribes in the State.
• Kenosha YMCA to support its “Miracle League” for disabled children.

From the Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) Legacy Fund, five grants targeting youth programs awarded to:
• Hospice Alliance to support the “Connections-Planting Seeds of Hope” program which provides grief support to children and families.
• Junior Achievement of WI to support the JS Finance Park student financial literacy program.
• Kenosha Achievement Center to support Special Education and Therapeutic Coaching for caregivers of infants and toddlers with special needs.
• Kenosha YMCA to support Brass Community School Achievers program.
• Three Harbors Council-Boy Scouts to support the Carb-Oh-Da-Kota Merit Badge Program,

From the Foundation’s Women’s Fund, six grants awarded to:
• Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha to support its automated external defibrillator (AED) and first aid training courses for youth.
• Faith, Hope & Love to support its Duffels for Kids program.
• Fleeing Artists Theatre to support its production of “The Melancholy Play” by Sarah Ruhl.
• Kenosha Achievement Center to support the purchase of specialized, adaptive supplies and equipment for children with special needs to aid in therapeutic interventions.
• Kenosha Literacy Council to support its Women in Focus interactive program for English Language Learners.
• Kenosha Opera Festival to support Women Leading Women in Opera program.

From the Foundation’s Kenosha Arts Fund, five grants awarded to:
• Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha to support its program of Teens Vision Boards of their community through Arts.
• Fleeing Artists Theatre to support its Summer Shakespeare season produced in partnership with the Kenosha Parks Alliance.
• Kenosha Achievement Center to support the purchase of supplies for art classes for adults with special needs.
• Kenosha Opera Festival to support its Opera “Round K-Town” program,
• Kenosha YMCA to support commissions of murals to be installed at the YMCA and painted by local artists and students.


2021 Grants from our Field of Interest Funds

The Kenosha Community Foundation awarded 24 grants totaling $51,241 to non-profit organizations and projects that serve Kenosha County residents from four of its Field of Interest Funds charitable funds – the LaFave Family Fund, the OMC Legacy Fund, Women’s Fund, and the Kenosha Arts Fund.

2020 Grants from Field of Interest Funds

In January 2020, the Foundation awarded grants totaling $49,704 to non-profit organizations and projects that serve Kenosha County residents from the LaFave Family Fund, the OMC Legacy Fund, Women’s Fund, and the Kenosha Arts Fund.


What are our Field of Interest Funds?

The Foundation manages several Field of Interest Funds provide – each fund was established by the Foundation’s Board of Directors for a particular philanthropic interest as specified by its creators and donors.

With a portion of their annual investment income, the Foundation awards grants from several Field of Interest Funds award grants to non-profit organizations within their defined area of interest:

  • The Kenosha Arts Fund supports projects that enhance the culture, economy and quality of life in Kenosha and have an impact on the arts and community at large.
  • The OMC Legacy Fund supports programs and activities designed to improve the general welfare and enhance the quality of life for youth in the Kenosha community.
  • The LaFave Family Fund supports programs that further education – particularly by promoting the humanities, the arts, tolerance and communication.
  • The Women’s Fund supports programs and organizations that create opportunities for women and children.

NOTE: The following two Field of Interest endowment funds support the CBK Small Grant program – our newest competitive grant making program: The Clark-Barber Family Fund and The Kubasiewicz Family Trust.

For each of the Field of Interest Funds, the Foundation, with the aid of committees of community volunteers, operates a thoughtful, responsive, and community-based grant-making program that annually awards grant funds to local non-profit organizations. Though the purposes of the Field of Interest Funds are clearly focused, they remain flexible enough to meet community needs in the interest area—even as they change over time.

NOTE:
– Other Field of Interest Funds at the Foundation, including the Mary Lou and Arther F. Mahone Fund and the Grace Kolakowski Fund, have not established competitive grantmaking programs.
– All of the Field of Interest funds listed above accept donations from the public.