Date: September 5th, 2017

Lancaster Community Fund Announces Fall 2017 Grant Cycle

The Lancaster Community Fund is accepting grant applications for its Fall 2017 grant cycle. Deadline for receipt of applications is Wednesday, November 1, 2017. 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. As many will recall, Keith Tiedemann, through his estate, made an endowed gift of over $4 Million to the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin. His direction was that the earnings available from that endowment were to be granted for projects and activities in Lancaster, through an application and review process under the auspices of the Lancaster Community Fund. This year the LCF board has approved grants from the Tiedemann Fund to support the development of the accessible playground at Winskill and the addition of a drug canine unit to the Lancaster Police Department. 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 awarded. 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