Date: December 21st, 2015

Lancaster Community Fund Presents Charles “Sonny” Tiedemann Charitable Fund Grants to 14 Projects

LCF Grant

Seated (l-r): Amy Dreckman (Lancaster Congregational Church Youth Group), Kristin Holmen-Steffell (Community Leadership Alliance), Shawna Bausch (Lancaster Preschool), Emily Dhyanchand (Tennis Court Project, City Park) Standing (l-r): Larry Wagner (Fire Department), Josh Jensen (St Clement School), Bev Doll (Family Promise), Marty Busch (Lancaster City Band), Sandy Leibfried (Grant Regional Health Center Foundation), Jesse Kilian (UW-Extension Creative Youth Expo), Audrey Johnson (Southwest Opportunities Center), Linda Bendorf (Food Pantry), Marcia Chambers (Winskill Elementary-Kindergarten), Jeff Gruetzmacher (Christ Lutheran Church), Rich Dhyanchand (Tennis Court Project, City Park), Shari Zenz (LCF board chair)

The Lancaster Community Fund advisory board welcomed representatives of 14 organizations to its December 9 grant presentation event.  Grant applications were solicited starting in September with a November 1 deadline.  In total, 18 applications requesting nearly $84,000 were received and reviewed.

In announcing the recipients, advisory board chair Shari Zenz noted, “About 2 years ago we stood in this room and announced the tremendous gift from Keith and Emily Tiedemann that established the Charles “Sonny” Tiedemann Charitable Endowment Fund.  In November, the LCF advisory board met with the Lancaster Library Foundation and Library Boards, presenting the 1st “Sonny” Tiedemann grant of $50,000 in support of the new library.  Tonight we are pleased to present $20,000 in support of 14 projects within our community.”

The projects that received funding from the Tiedemann Charitable Endowment Fund reflect the feedback gained through a community survey completed early in 2015.  That survey identified support for the following as important to making Lancaster an even more attractive and desirable community: functional and accessible parks and trails, increased group and family activities, events that build community, support for the schools and increased community support of and more tools for teaching/teachers.

Grants were presented as follows:

  • $310 to Christ Lutheran Church for the purchase 2 folding wheel chairs;
  • $3124 to the City of Lancaster/Parks for tennis court improvements;
  • $750 to the Community Leadership Alliance in support of ‘scholarships’ for Lancaster-area residents to attend the CLA’s Leadership Training;
  • $3600 to Family Promise of Grant County to assist with the purchase of a van and its maintenance;
  • $1000 to Grant County, UW-Extension in support of the 2016 Creative Youth Expo;
  • $1000 to the Grant Regional Health Center Foundation in support of the 2016 Women’s Wellness Workshop;
  • $1100 to the Lancaster Association of Churches for the food pantry;
  • $1250 to the Lancaster Community Band, through the City of Lancaster for the purchase band equipment;
  • $1100 to the Lancaster Community Schools to assist with the Technology for Kindergarten – iPads and Bins – Oh My! project;
  • $1000 to the Lancaster Congregational Church Youth Group to support participation in a special Leadership Conference;
  • $2000 to the Lancaster Fire Department to upgrade the department’s pagers;
  • $1500 to the Lancaster Preschool to purchase outdoor play equipment including tricycles;
  • $860 to Saint Clement School to complete the outfitting of the IMC with an LCD projector and screen; and
  • $700 to Southwest Opportunities Center to be used for upgrades to the SOC classroom.

The Lancaster Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity.  It is governed by a local advisory board that includes David Helmke, chair; Tabitha Jackering; Sam Jonas; Joe Krantz; LuAnne Pink; Crysti Prange; Kevin Raisbeck; Megan Slane; and Bette Steinbrenner.  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