Date: July 22nd, 2015

Lancaster Community Fund Presents Grants at Night on the Square

2015 Lancaster Community Fund Grant Recipients Front row: Tom Hughey and members of the Lancaster Hockey Club Middle row (left to right):  LCF advisory board members Shari Zenz, Bette Steinbrenner and Tabitha Jackering; Nancy Burchett (Lancaster EMS); Sarah Williams (Lancaster Schools); Amy Dreckman (Congregational Church Youth Ministry); Jill Wunderlin (Maple Street Kids Daycare) Back Row (left to right): LCF advisory board member Dave Helmke; Larry Wagner (Fire Dept); Audrey Johnson (SOC); Ashley Krantz (Lancaster Schools); Leah Whitford (Lancaster Schools and Kids’ Courtyard Playground); Mikki Uppena (Lancaster Schools); Brad Sturmer (Post Prom); Amy Bell Kwallek (Chamber); and Josh Jensen (St Clement School).

2015 Lancaster Community Fund Grant Recipients
Front row: Tom Hughey and members of the Lancaster Hockey Club
Middle row (left to right): LCF advisory board members Shari Zenz, Bette Steinbrenner and Tabitha Jackering; Nancy Burchett (Lancaster EMS); Sarah Williams (Lancaster Schools); Amy Dreckman (Congregational Church Youth Ministry); Jill Wunderlin (Maple Street Kids Daycare)
Back Row (left to right): LCF advisory board member Dave Helmke; Larry Wagner (Fire Dept); Audrey Johnson (SOC); Ashley Krantz (Lancaster Schools); Leah Whitford (Lancaster Schools and Kids’ Courtyard Playground); Mikki Uppena (Lancaster Schools); Brad Sturmer (Post Prom); Amy Bell Kwallek (Chamber); and Josh Jensen (St Clement School).

The Lancaster Community Fund presented 16 grants, totaling $19,226, at the annual Night on the Square held on July 16, 2015.  Monies were awarded from the Morse Family Fund, the Schacht Family Fund and the Lancaster Community Endowment Fund.

In making the presentations, board chair Shari Zenz noted, “The Lancaster Community Fund received 28 grant requests totaling over $79,000 by our May 1 deadline.  The review committee evaluated all requests on criteria including scope, need, and impact as well as geographic area served and track record of the applicant organization.  Supporting youth and our school as well as healthy community initiatives and emergency services are the primary foci of many of the projects funded.  These funding areas are consistent with community feedback LCF received throughout the past year.”

 

Eleven grants, totaling $13,185, were funded by the Lancaster Community Fund Endowment.  Awardees included:

  • City of Lancaster/Chamber of Commerce: in support of the 2015 Night on the Square
  • Lancaster Association of Churches: for the food pantry
  • Lancaster Community Schools: to assist with Tech for Kindergarten!
  • Lancaster Community Schools: in support of the 2016 Lancaster Post Prom
  • Lancaster Community Schools: to assist with maintenance at the Kids’ Courtyard Playground
  • Lancaster Congregational Church: for the Youth Music Ministry special event
  • Lancaster Emergency Medical Services, Inc: to provide pagers for volunteer EMTs
  • Lancaster High School Hockey Club: to assist with the purchase of equipment
  • Maple Street Kids Daycare Inc: to purchase a sand and water table in support of environmental education
  • Saint Clement School: to outfit the computer lab with a projector and screen
  • Southwest Opportunities Center Inc: in support of the day services
  • Golden Seniors programs

Awards from the Morse Family Fund totaling $4,380 were made to:

  • City of Lancaster – Fire Department: for a Thermal Imaging Camera
  • Lancaster Community Schools: to install hydration stations
  • Lancaster Community Schools: in support of Project Pedometer

Two projects receiving grants from the Schacht Family Fund totaling $1661 include:

  • Lancaster Community Schools: in support of Opera for the Young, “The Magic Flute”
  • Lancaster Community Schools: to purchase bicycle helmets and continue the “Fit 4 Life–Safe 4 Life” project

In concluding the presentations, Zenz noted, “We are pleased to announce that we will solicit grant applications again this fall, with a deadline of November 1.  The awards will be made from monies available from the Charles “Sonny” Tiedemann Charitable Endowed Fund.”

The Lancaster Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., is a tax-exempt public charity.  It was established in 1999 and, with this year’s grants, will have distributed over $137,000 in the community.  The LCF provides a means for individuals, organizations and businesses to support their unique charitable community interests.

For more information about the Lancaster Community Fund, contact advisory board chair Shari Zenz (608-723-6666 or szenz@wisconsinbankandtrust.com) or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (608-778-3344 or Barb@cfsw.org).  Donations may be made to the LCF, PO Box 294, Lancaster, WI  53813.  For further information about the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin or to make a donation online, visit www.cfsw.org.