Date: April 18th, 2019

Excellence in Education Grants Awarded at Belmont Schools

Mary Demo and Kim Schmelz, advisory board members of the Belmont EIE and Scholarship Endowment funds board, presented six grants totaling $2744 at the April 12 Belmont Schools Faculty/Staff in-service. These awards were made based on applications developed and submitted by personnel in the Belmont Schools.

Left to right: Kim Schmelz (BEIE advisory board); Rahni Kay Haverland (Creative Classroom Collaborative Creations!); Taylor Rand (A Blended – Cooperative Learning Classroom); Megan Sprague (Hands-On Exploration); Nikolas Werner (Distraction Free Listening Ability); Matt McKinley (iPad for Physical Education); Trevor Kattre (Physical Education iPad); Mary Demo (BEIE advisory board).

Mary Demo, retired Belmont teacher, noted, “This grant process gives our faculty and staff an opportunity to innovate in their classrooms. Our grant monies are to supplement what is being done in the schools; these monies do not replace tax dollars. I’m proud to be a builder of this endowment that enables our personnel to serve our students in new ways.”
Funding for the 2019 EIE grants was available through endowment earnings and the fall of 2018 Cars4Classrooms event, held through Ubersox Auto.

Presentations were made for the following projects:

• A Blended – Cooperative Learning Classroom – the addition of tables to the classroom to facilitate cooperative learning: proposed by Taylor Rand (MS/HS Mathematics) – $615;
• Creative Classroom Collaborative Creations! – the acquisition of equipment to record book talks and reviews: proposed by Rahni Kay Haverland (MS English/Language Arts Department) – $308;
• Physical Education iPads, proposed by Trevor Kattre (Elementary School – Physical Education) and by Matt McKinley (MS/HS Physical Education Department) – $876 for 2 units;
• Distraction Free Listening, the addition of MPOW H5 headphones to reduce outside noise while for students using a computer-based reader: proposed by Nikolas Werner (Special Education Department) – $500; and
• Hands-On Exploration, the addition of a camera attachment for a microscope plus speed/velocity recorders: proposed by Megan Sprague (MS/HS Science Department) – $445.

To date, and with the 2019 awards, funding has been awarded for 16 projects that have invested nearly $5800 in the Belmont Schools.
The initial funding to create the Excellence in Education Endowment was a gift from Derek and MJ Dachelet. In speaking of that gift and its work since 2014, MJ said, “Derek and I donated to the Belmont Excellence in Education Endowment to support special projects that allow teachers to imagine and implement innovative and creative ideas that inspire students. With limited budget resources available in education, it was important for us as educators ourselves, to give back in ways that help grow the future of Belmont.”

The Belmont Excellence in Education and Scholarship Endowment Funds are components of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity. For more information, contact advisory board member Kim Schmelz or Barb Daus, donor services representative with CFSW (608-778-3344 or [email protected]). Donations may be sent to the Belmont School Funds, PO Box 348, Belmont, WI 53510 or may be made online at

Date: April 8th, 2019

Lancaster Community Fund Announces Spring 2019 Grant Cycle

The Lancaster Community Fund is accepting grant applications for the 2019 spring grant cycle. Deadline for receipt of applications is Wednesday, May 1.

Joe Krantz, chair of the Lancaster Community Fund advisory board noted, “Funding during this grant cycle is available from the Lancaster Community Fund Endowment, the Merlet Family Community Endowment, the Gillilan Family Community Fund, the Morse Family Fund, and the Schacht Family Fund. Additionally, we are honored to make the first grants from the recently established Douglas and LuAnne Pink Family Fund, We are forever grateful to the many people in our community who have made investments in our funds. This generosity has led to spring 2019 available grant monies in excess of $30,000.”

Applications for projects or programs that propose practical solutions to current community needs in the areas of the arts and culture, education, appreciation of and knowledge about our community’s history, and health and human services are highly encouraged. The focus is funding projects that serve the residents who reside in the geographic area that is the Lancaster School District.

Grant applications must be completed online; access to the application is available by selecting the grants tab then grants available on the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin website ( Among the items applicants are asked to provide: the organization’s federal ID number and a copy of the organization’s most recent 990; background information on the applicant organization; and a full description of the project including goals, audience served and budget. Note: requests from individuals are not eligible for grant awards.

Applications must be completed online and submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applications and/or incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Questions? Both CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus ([email protected]) and CFSW grants manager Lannie Troon ([email protected]) are available to assist.

A sub-committee of the local volunteer advisory board will review the grant applications and recommend grant awards to the board. Current Lancaster Fund advisory board members include Susan Hermsen, Amara Hoffman, Sam Jonas, Joe Krantz, Luanne Pink, Crysti Prange, Megan Slane, Kevin Raisbeck, and Kyle Vesperman.

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) Kevin Raisbeck (co-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

Date: April 8th, 2019

Crawford County Leadership Awards to Be Presented April 25

Seven awards will be presented at the 9th Annual Crawford County Leadership Awards program, organized by the advisory board to the Crawford County Community Fund. The event, honoring the awardees, will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Prairie du Chien at Crossing Rivers Health Center. It will begin with an hors d’oeuvres and dessert reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend and is asked to RSVP by Monday, April 15, 2019 to Lori Bekkum, Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board chair (608-412-0673 or [email protected]).

Those persons, businesses and/or organizations being honored in their respective categories include:

· Business Development Award – to Driftless Brewing Company, Soldiers Grove and the leadership team of Scott Noe, Cynthia Olmstead, Chris Balistreri, and Michael Varnes-Epstein;

· Above & Beyond Awards (2) – to Ellen Brooks and to Brad Niemcek;

· Tourism Award – to the Village of Gays Mills Event Committee for their organization of Applefest;

· Leadership and Service Award – to Kathy Quamme;

· Educational Leadership Award – to Robert Ghormley; and

· Outstanding Youth Leader Award – to Grace Corlis (North Crawford).

Dr. Timothy Dale, associate professor and chair of the department of political science and public administration at UW-La Crosse and a political analyst, is the featured speaker.

The Crawford County Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, was established in 2008. The Fund currently holds an endowment of nearly $140,000, using the earnings to make annual grants. The CCCF also organizes and administers the Crawford Markets Care program, which provides vouchers/coupons to Crawford County food pantry clients to make fresh produce purchases at Crawford County Farmer’s Markets.

Community members, organizations and businesses may donate to the Crawford County Community Fund by sending a check to Crawford County Community Fund, PO Box 13, Seneca, Wisconsin 54654-0013. Donations are tax deductible, to the limits of the law. For more information, contact Barb Daus, donor services representative for the Crawford County Community Fund, at (608)778-3344 or [email protected]

Date: March 14th, 2019

Mineral Point Community Fund Announces Second Grant Cycle

It was nearly a year ago that the Mineral Point Community Endowment advisory board announced its initial grant awards – $2000 for the Sardeson building renovation and $2000 to assist with the restoration of the Governor Dodge Lodge at Water Tower Park.

Fast forward to March of 2019, a short 3 years after the formation of the endowment.  The volunteer group (Keith Burrows, Jim Kackley, Kristin Mitchell, Lori Pittz, Peter Schmalz, Mike Wagner and Joe Witmer) leading this initiative to build an endowment that is FOR GOOD, FOR EVER, FOR MINERAL POINT is excited to announce the 2nd grant cycle.

Kristin Mitchell, board chair, noted, “Thanks to a very successful end-of-2018 $10,000 challenge campaign, the endowment fund received donations of nearly $34,000 and now totals nearly $185,000.  This growth means that we will have more monies available for our 2019 grants. Our local board looks forward to receiving and reviewing the applications and to making the grant awards. We are particularly interested in visible and lasting projects that benefit the entire Mineral Point community.”

Charitable non-profit organizations and/or local government entities serving the people of the Mineral Point area are eligible to apply for grants; requests from individuals are not eligible. Applications must be completed online at and submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applica­tions and/or incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

To access the application, go to, choose grants available from the grants dropdown menu and scroll to Mineral Point Community Fund.  For more information, contact CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus ([email protected]).

The Mineral Point Community Endowment Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wis­consin, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For additional information, contact Kristin Mitchell, board chair (608-987-3370 or [email protected]) or CFSW Donor Services Rep Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or [email protected] org). Donations may be made online at or by mail to MP Community Endowment Fund, PO Box 24, Mineral Point WI 53565.

Date: March 12th, 2019

Grant Presented to Lancaster Community Players

The Lancaster Community Fund advisory board presented a grant of $15,000 from the Charles “Sonny” Tiedemann Charitable Fund to the Lancaster Community Players for lighting upgrades for the city-owned Grantland Theater. It is the goal of LCP to have the lighting project completed for their April 25 to 28, spring 2019 production of “Mamma Mia!”

Front row (left to right): Megan Slane and Amara Hoffmann (LCF advisory board), Lisa Haskins, Deanna Seippel, and Lisa Nicolai (Lancaster Community Players, Mayor Dave Varnum
Back row (left to right): Joe Krantz (LCF advisory board), Kevin Koester, Bill Haskins, Shawn Steinhoff, and Corey Weydert (Lancaster Community Players), David Carlson and Dave Kurihara (City of Lancaster)