Lancaster Community Fund

The Lancaster Community Fund is a permanent unrestricted charitable endowment dedicated to serving the Lancaster community. The Fund provides means for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support their charitable interests. Annually, a portion of the Fund’s earnings are given back to the community in the form of grants that support the elderly, historic preservation, the arts, the environment, and education. Since its founding in 1999, the Lancaster Fund, along with the Family of Funds listed below, has given back more than $390,000 through over 175 grants to the Lancaster community.

A nine-member volunteer advisory board is responsible for fundraising and the grant distribution process.

Family of Funds

Following is a listing of funds, many of which have been established by individuals or organizations to support their charitable goals for the community:

• Lancaster Community Fund Endowment
• Merlet Family Endowment
• Morse Family Endowment
• Schacht Family Endowment
• Charles “Sonny” Tiedemann Charitable Endowment
• Winskill School Scholastic Endowment
• Roggensack Family Endowment
• Randy Dudler Kid’s Courtyard Endowment
• Gillilan Family Community Fund
• Josephine Morris & Mary Marm Wilson Memorial Endowment

To Donate

Donations to the Lancaster 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:

Lancaster Community Fund
P.O. Box 294
Lancaster, WI 53813

Visit the Ways to Give section of this website for information on planning your gift.


The Lancaster Fund accepts grant applications in the spring from non-profit organizations, the local school district, and/or local government agencies providing charitable programs or projects that better the community. Awards are made in July at the annual Night on the Square event.

Annual grant application deadline: May 1 and November 1.

For help in preparing your grant, click here.

Ready to apply?  Click here.


Recent Grant Awards

On December 13, 2018 11 grants totaling $62,600 were presented from the Charles “Sonny” Tiedemann Charitable Fund as follows:

• $5,000 to Winskill Elementary, in support of the ‘bookroom’ project and specifically for the purchase of books for the bookroom;
• $2,000 to Wisconsin Badger Camp to purchase a griddle for the camp kitchen;
• a $5,500 matching grant to the Lancaster Public Library Foundation to purchase equipment and install technology in the Community Room;
• $5,000 to Winskill Elementary School to purchase 15 document cameras for the early childhood through 2nd grade classrooms;
• $1,105 to the Grant County Historical Society for the purchase of presentation equipment needed for increased outreach and to support historic programming;
• $4,000 to the Lancaster Community Band for the purchase of percussion equipment as well as a sound system for the performance plaza at the public library;
• $2,500 to the Lancaster EMS for the purchase of protective clothing for the new EMT’s;
• $415 to Southwest Opportunities Center to purchase equipment for the shredding room operation; and
• $5000 in one-time startup funding to support the relocation of the Grant County Holiday Project.

The final two grants from the Tiedemann Charitable Fund were presented simultaneously to St Clement School $18,000) and the Lancaster School District ($14,140). In announcing the grants that support the purchase and installation of the WAVE Critical Incident Notification System in the schools Krantz noted, “We are hopeful that these systems will NEVER be used but, in the event that there is a need – we are confident all of our staff will be informed and ready to respond.”