Date: September 21st, 2016

Lancaster Community Fund Announces Fall 2016 Grant Cycle

The Lancaster Community Fund is accepting grant applications for its Fall 2016 grant cycle. Deadline for receipt of applications is Tuesday, November 1, 2016.  Applications must be completed online and submitted online no later than midnight on that day.  Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applications and incomplete or late applications will not be accepted or considered.  The online application is available at  Select the grants tab, then grants available.  Scroll to Lancaster Community Fund, Fall.

Board chair David Helmke noted, “We are honored to award monies during this grant cycle that are available from the Charles “Sonny” Tiedemann Charitable Fund. In April we announced a Tiedemann grant to the Lancaster School District, specifically to air-condition the Hillery Auditorium; this grant was in addition to the $20,000 awarded to 14 projects in December of 2015. It is our hope that groups and organizations will develop projects and submit grant applications that are similar in scope and impact to those recently completed. Our goal is to continue to find ways to make our community ‘the community of choice’ in this region.”

The Lancaster Community Fund encourages applications from non-profit organizations as well as the schools and municipal committees/boards 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 and impact of the project including the projected number of Lancaster area residents involved in and/or served 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, Tabitha Jackering, Sam Jonas, Joe Krantz, LuAnne Pink, Crysti Prange, Kevin Raisbeck, Megan Slane, and Bette Steinbrenner.

Lancaster Fund grant application forms are available online at the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin website. The specific address is

The Lancaster Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity. For more information, contact David Helmke, 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