Date: January 5th, 2017

Grants Awarded by Crawford County Community Fund

Sitting (l-r): Rachel Jovi (Village of Gays Mills/Stump Dodger Trail); Nancy Ashmore (Ready, Set, Grow/Prairie du Chien Memorial Library); Rick Lange and Carol Abrahamzon (Kickapoo Indian Caverns/Mississippi Valley Conservancy). Standing (l-r): Kile Martz (Village of Gays Mills/Stump Dodger Trail); Larry & Sherry Quamme, Jeanne Rutter and Marsha Stross (Village of Ferryville/Sugar Creek Playground)

The Crawford County Community Fund presented its 2016 grants at the December meeting of the Crawford County Board of Supervisors.  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, presented the awards.  In her remarks Dr. Murphy noted, “This is the 8th 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 $30,000 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 2016 – projects in our county have received more than 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 8-year period has grown to over $110,000!”

The 2016 grants include:

  • $1000 to the Mississippi Valley Conservancy to be used in the acquisition and development of the Kickapoo Indian Caverns near Wauzeka;
  • $1500 to the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library, in support of the “Ready, Set, Grow” campaign to double the size of the library;
  • $1500 to the Village of Ferryville Vision and Promotions Board in support of the re-development of Sugar Creek Park; and
  • $2000 to the Village of Gays Mills Stump Dodger Trail project to be used for signage.

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.  Donations to the Crawford County Community Fund are accepted to PO Box 13, Seneca WI 54654 or online at  For further information contact Sharon Murphy (608-624-3409 or [email protected]) or Barb Daus ([email protected] or 608-778-3344).