Date: March 3rd, 2014

Lancaster Community Fund Requests Grant Applications

The Lancaster Community Fund is accepting grant applications for the 2014 grant cycle.  Deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday, May 1.

The Lancaster Community Fund encourages applications for projects or programs that propose practical solutions to current community needs in the areas of the arts, education, historic preservation, and health and human services.  Projects that serve the people within the city of Lancaster and the Lancaster School District are eligible for consideration.  Requests from individuals are not eligible.  Applications must clearly state the scope of the project including the projected number of Lancaster area residents impacted by the project. It is suggested that grant requests not exceed $2,000.

In making the announcement seeking grant applications, board chair Ken Klaas noted, “During this grant cycle we will award nearly $17,000 for projects that benefit our community.  2014 will mark the first time that we will make grant awards from the Morse Family Endowment, established through the estate of Peggy Morse. The Lancaster Community has been blessed by legacy gifts from estates of residents and former residents who acted on their desire to preserve and enhance our community far into the future.”

A local volunteer advisory board will review the grant applications and recommend grant awards. Current Lancaster Fund Advisory Board Members include Rick Benson, Dave Helmke, Erin Huebschman, Tabitha Jackering, Ken Klaas, Mike Leibfried, Crysti Prange, Bette Steinbrenner and Shari Zenz.

Lancaster Fund grant application forms are available online at the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin website.  Applications and supporting materials must be received at the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, ATTN:  Lancaster Community Fund, 26 S. Jackson Street, Janesville, WI 53548 no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

The Lancaster Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity.  For more information, contact Ken Klaas, advisory board chair, or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, (608) 778-3344, or