Date: December 17th, 2015

Crawford County Community Fund Awards Grants

Front row – left to right: David Robertson (Village of DeSoto); Tamera Kepler (Village of Soldiers Grove); Jeanne Rutter and Sherry Quamme (Crawford County Tourism) Standing – left to right: Sharon Murphy (Crawford County Community Fund board chair); Eric Frydenlund (retiring Crawford County Community Fund board member); Cheryl Mader (Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin board member); Miriam Simons (Village of Gays Mills – Swimming Pool)

Front row – left to right: David Robertson (Village of DeSoto); Tamera Kepler (Village of Soldiers Grove); Jeanne Rutter and Sherry Quamme (Crawford County Tourism)
Standing – left to right: Sharon Murphy (Crawford County Community Fund board chair); Eric Frydenlund (retiring Crawford County Community Fund board member); Cheryl Mader (Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin board member); Miriam Simons (Village of Gays Mills – Swimming Pool)

The Crawford County Community Fund presented its 2015 grants on Tuesday, December 15, at the Crawford County Board of Supervisors meeting.  A reception, with the grant recipients, county board members, county staff, the Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board, and other invited guests followed and included refreshments, locally grown and/or produced.

Sharon Murphy, chair of the Crawford County Community Fund advisory board, and Tarasa Lown, chair of the grant review committee, presented the awards.  In her remarks Dr. Murphy noted, “This is the 7th year that the Crawford County Community Fund has come before you to present our annual grants.  With today’s grants a total of just over $24,000 has been awarded since the Fund’s inception.  Think about it…the original challenge that we accepted in 2008 was a $25,000 gift which was matched by people within this county including you, the County Board.  Already – in 2015 – projects in our county community have received nearly the equivalent of the original challenge gift.  And, the best news…we will be able to continue to give grants because our fund is an endowment and over this 7 year period has grown to over $100,000!”

The 2015 grants include:

  • $640 to Crawford County Tourism/Silent Sports Development – for signage associated with canoe landing markings along the Kickapoo River;
  • $1500 to the Village of DeSoto – in support of the playground equipment project for Cottonwood Park;
  • $2000 to the Village of Gays Mills – to expand the “Learn to Swim” program at the Gays Mills Swimming Pool; and
  • $1500 to the Village of Soldiers Grove – to be used for a feasibility study for an assisted living facility in the village.

The Crawford County Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Established in 2008 as a permanent endowment fund for the benefit of Crawford County, the Crawford County Community Fund supports charitable economic development within the county.  Its primary projects include the grants program, a leadership recognition program and sponsorship of the Crawford Markets Care program.  The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin works with charitable donors in nine counties in southern Wisconsin and holds 17 community funds, 12 public school funds, and more than 560 additional funds established to match personal philanthropy with community need.  Donations to the Crawford County Community Fund are accepted to PO Box 13, Seneca WI 54654 or online at cfsw.org.  For further information contact Sharon Murphy (608-624-3409 or [email protected]) or Barb Daus ([email protected] or 608-778-3344).