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

In December 2017, six grants, as follows, were presented from the Charles “Sonny” Tiedemann Charitable Fund.

  • $800 to the City of Lancaster Summer Recreation Program to be used to purchase equipment for expanding the program to include a multi-age Saturday morning option;
  • $1500 to Grant Regional Health Center to purchase presentation equipment for the Education/Wellness Center;
  • $2280 to the Lancaster Public Library Foundation to purchase STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) program materials for students age kindergarten through grade 12;
  • $3000 to First Presbyterian Church in support of the high school mission trip;
  • $6350 to St Clement School in support of the purchase of classroom touch panels;
  • $7050 to Winskill Elementary in support of the “Let’s Get Rolling Safely” program and specifically for the purchase of inline skating equipment.