Date: April 18th, 2013

Grants available from Benton Community Fund

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The Benton Community Fund is now accepting grant applications. The application deadline is June 17, 2013.

The Benton Fund is accepting applications for projects that serve the greater Benton area. Projects may include enhancement of parks and public spaces, historic and cultural preservation, youth activities and facilities, education, the arts, and health and human services. Applications are accepted from non-profit organizations only. Requests from individuals for personal projects or needs are not allowed under the federal tax laws.

A local, volunteer advisory board will review the grant applications and recommend grant awards. Grants will be awarded during the Benton Labor Day weekend celebration on Saturday night, August 31st. Current members of the Benton Community Fund include: Jill Knight, Rick Lawrence, Gary McCrea, Dirk Milestone, Pat Neis, Michelle Savatski, Renee Wartner, Chuck Wartner, and Steffanie Nemitz.

Benton Community Fund application forms are available online at All applications must be received in the Janesville office, no later than 4 p.m., June 17. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Send completed applications to the Benton Community Fund, c/o Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., 26 South Jackson Street, Janesville, WI 53548.

The Benton Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc. is a tax-exempt public charity. For more information, contact Jill Knight, Benton Community Fund chairperson at (608)759-4391 or Linda Gebhardt, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, at (608)328-4060. Gebhardt can also be reached by email at