In 2010, a group of committed volunteer advisory board members reached a fundraising goal of $50,000 in just 51 days to establish the Benton Community Fund. Charter donors to the Fund include the Benton State Bank, the City of Benton, the Benton Community Development Corporation, and several generous community members.
The Benton Community Fund was established to provide a permanent endowment for the support of the community. Using a portion of its earnings, the Fund annually awards grants to local organizations striving to improve and enhance life in Benton. The Fund is led by a volunteer advisory board which initiates fundraising activities and determines the annual grant awards.
Donations to the Benton Community Fund are welcome at any time of the year. All gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
Give Now online or mail a check to the following:Benton Community Fund
P.O. Box 253
Benton, WI 53803
Visit the Ways to Give section of this website for information on planning your gift.
Once per year the advisory board awards grants to non-profit organizations, the local school district, and/or local government agencies providing charitable programs or projects serving the good of the community. Grants are presented at a ceremony in September.
Annual grant application deadline: July 1
Grant Guidelines and Application
Recent Grant Awards
In August 2013, the advisory board of the Benton Community Fund awarded $4,450 to four community organizations:
- Village of Benton for the Veteran’s Memorial
- Benton School District for technology for Grade 2
- Sinsinawa Dominicans, Inc. for Native Spirit Productions
- Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program for the Lafayette County Food Pantry