Date: September 4th, 2018

Lancaster Community Fund Announces Fall 2018 Grant Cycle

The Lancaster Community Fund is accepting grant applications for its Fall 2018 grant cycle. Deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday, November 1, 2018. 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 Joe Krantz 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. We believe that the initiatives that have been funded with the earnings from this endowment are helping to make ours a ‘community of choice.’ Many projects have been supported with grants from this fund including (but not limited to) the air-conditioning of the high school auditorium; the purchase and installation of accessible playground equipment at Winskill; our City of Lancaster Police Dog, Arrow; and science and technology equipment for our schools and public library.”

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, Amara Hoffman, 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 Joe Krantz, 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