Date: September 3rd, 2015

Lancaster Community Fund Announces Fall 2015 Grant Cycle

The Lancaster Community Fund is accepting grant applications for its Fall 2015 grant cycle.  Deadline for receipt of applications is Sunday, November 1.

Board chair Shari Zenz noted, “This is the first time that the Lancaster Community Fund will hold a Fall grant cycle.  The monies for this grant cycle are available from the Charles “Sonny” Tiedemann Charitable Fund.  We expect to award nearly $20,000 during this grant cycle.  Earlier this summer we shared the results of a survey we conducted which asked the question: If you could do one thing to make Lancaster a better place to live, what would it be?  Many responses focused on improved amenities – like trails and parks – as well as increased activities for groups and families, additional community events, a more robust welcome program and a focus on our schools.  It is our hope that groups and organizations will develop projects and submit grants that address these areas.”

The Lancaster Community Fund encourages applications from organizations for projects or programs that serve the people within the city of Lancaster and the Lancaster School District.  Requests from individuals are not eligible.  Applications must clearly state the scope of the project including the projected number of Lancaster area residents impacted by the project.

A local volunteer advisory board will review the grant applications and recommend grant awards. Current Lancaster Fund Advisory Board Members include Dave Helmke, Erin Huebschman, Tabitha Jackering, Sam Jonas, Joe Krantz, Crysti Prange, Kevin Raisbeck, Bette Steinbrenner and Shari Zenz.

Lancaster Fund grant application forms are available here.   Applications and supporting materials must be received at the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, ATTN:  Lancaster Community Fund, 26 S. Jackson Street, Janesville, WI 53548 no later than midnight on Sunday, November 1, 2015.

The Lancaster Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity.  For more information, contact Shari Zenz, advisory board chair, or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (608-778-3344 or [email protected]).  For further information about the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, visit