The Platteville Community Fund is a permanent, unrestricted, charitable endowment created in 2002 to serve the Platteville area. Annually a portion of the Fund’s earnings are given back to the community in the form of grants. The Fund supports community projects that enhance the arts, education, health and human services, the environment, and historic preservation.

The Platteville Community Fund also provides a means for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support their unique charitable community interests through funds that focus on specific concerns. The PHS Scholarship Fund, created by the Platteville Community Fund in 2010, is one such entity.

Since its founding, the Platteville Community Fund has awarded $525,000 through over 250 grants for projects and initiatives in the Platteville area.

A group of volunteer citizens make up the Fund’s advisory board which initiates fundraising activities and determines grant awards.

Family of Funds

The charitable funds shown below have been established by individuals and organizations to support their charitable goals for the Platteville community:

  • Platteville Community Fund Endowment
  • Carmen and Eva Beining Community Fund
  • Cushman Music in the Park Fund
  • Robert & Marian Graham Community Fund
  • Margaret S. Keizer Charitable Fund
  • Schneller-Tang Community Fund

To Donate

Donations to the Platteville Community Fund are welcome at any time of the year. All gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Make an online donation or mail a check to the following:

Platteville Community Fund P.O. Box 46 Platteville, WI 53818

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

Applying for a Grant

Semi-annual grant application deadlines: April 15 and September 15
Click here to apply.

Twice per year the advisory board awards grant to non-profit organizations, the local school district, and/or local government agencies providing charitable programs or projects serving the community.

Recent Grants
Fall 2018

Robert & Marian Graham Community Fund grant recipients include:

• The Platteville Chorale, $600 to support the Platteville Children’s Choir’s spring tour to Southwest Wisconsin schools;
• Make Music Platteville – 2019, $700 to continue Platteville’s alliance with this international event, held annually on the summer solstice;
• The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Computer Science & Software Engineering Department, $750 to support the purchase of supplies for the “Girls Who Code Club”;
• The Platteville Main Street program, $975 for the purchase of Holiday Wreaths for the decorative street lights on the “Library Block”;
• The UWP Office of Continuing Education, $700 to fund scholarships for Platteville students-in-need to attend the 2019 College for Kids/Middle University program;
• The Platteville High School Music Department, $5,000 to support the establishment of a Digital Music Learning Lab and Recording Studio at the high school; and
• Wisconsin Badger Camp, $700 is for the purchase of life jackets for the canoeing program.

Awards from the Carmen & Eva Beining Endowment were presented as follows:

• Family Advocates, $1000 for client transportation;
• Southwest Opportunities Center, $700 to purchase curriculum for the Community Integration Program;
• The City of Platteville Recreation Department, $680 for a custom frame for a large screen for the City Auditorium;
• The City of Platteville, $1,500 for landscaping of the roundabout on Markee Avenue; and
• The Platteville Main Street program, $1,500 to fund the 2019 Senior Citizen and Food Pantry Client farmer’s market nutrition Voucher Program.

Those receiving grant awards from the Schneller-Tang Community Fund included:

• Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin, $663 to enhance STEM offering through the purchase a large light table and ‘Shine a Light’ books.
• The Platteville Community Arboretum and the Platteville Human Powered Trails, $360 for the purchase of a trimmer for trail maintenance.

Grants were also presented from the Platteville Community Fund Endowment. Recipients include:

• Concerned Church Women of Platteville (aka/Thrift Shop), $925 to support safety improvements in the exterior areas surrounding the building and
• The Friends of the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums, $3,235 to purchase shelves for storage of educational materials and voice-over for the video depicting 1930’s Zinc mining.

More Information

For further information on the work of the Platteville Community Fund, view this slide show or download this printable brochure.