Date: February 15th, 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 here. 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 www.cfsw.org.

Date: February 5th, 2019

ARGALL ENDOWMENT ESTABLISHED. FOR GOOD. FOR EVER. FOR MINERAL POINT.

Larry and Mary Faith Argall recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary and their 85th birthdays. Both were born and raised in the Mineral Point area and graduated from Mineral Point High School. All nine of their children also graduated from Mineral Point High School. Their children (pictured) include: Lori Pittz (Tony) and Scott (Jen) of Mineral Point, Beth Hildreth (Mike) of Byron, Ill., Steve (Carolyn) of Paoli, Todd (Mary) of New Glarus, Brad of Deforest, Neil (Traci) of Plymouth, Kelly Haried (Steve) of McFarland, and Sue Winter of Janesville. They are blessed with 18 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren spread throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.

The Larry and Mary Faith Argall Family. Seated – Larry and Mary Faith Argall. Standing (left to right): Lori Pittz, Scott Argall, Beth Hildreth., Steve Argall, Todd Argall, Brad Argall, Neil Argall, Kelly Haried, and Sue Winter.

Both Larry and Mary Faith are known for the generous giving of their time and talents to many community organizations including Hodan Community Services, Mineral Point Public Library, Atrium Post Acute Care, MP Community Blood Drive, SUN/Meals on Wheels, St. Mary’s & St. Paul’s Parish, MP Community Chest, and the list goes on! They are avid supporters of Mineral Point athletics and continue to be seen at their great-grandchildren’s events!

The Argalls and their children decided this past Christmas to forego the exchange of Christmas presents and instead to ‘give back to the community.’ Together this family has pledged $10,000 to establish the Larry and Mary Faith Argall Family Community Endowment of the Mineral Point Community Foundation. This endowment provides a way for family and friends to invest in the community and to honor the legacy of the Argall family forever, for Mineral Point.

The Larry and Mary Faith Argall Community Endowment Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For additional information about this endowment or to learn about establishing a named family fund, contact Kristin Mitchell, MPCF board chair (608-987-3370 or [email protected]) or CFSW Donor Services Rep Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or [email protected]). For those interested in honoring the Argalls by supporting this endowment, donations may be made online at www.cfsw.org or by mail to CFSW/Larry and Mary Faith Argall Endowment Fund, PO Box 24, Mineral Point WI 53565.

Date: February 5th, 2019

Platteville Community Fund Announces Spring Grants Cycle

Annually in the spring, the advisory board of the Platteville Community Fund is honored to organize the process for the distribution of funds available from legacy gifts designated for Platteville from the estates of Clarence Gribble, Elinore Loveland, Margaret Keizer and Robert & Marjorie Hartshorn. Perhaps you or members of your family knew one or more of these individuals who were builders of and continue to make this community a special place to live, work, and play.

Nathan Curry, Platteville Community Fund advisory board chair noted, “It is truly an honor to make grant awards in remembrance of Mr. Gribble, Ms. Loveland, Ms. Keizer, and Mr. & Mrs. Hartshorn. Our grants committee thoroughly reviews applications to determine the scope and potential impact of proposed projects to address new initiatives and needs within our community. We take our role as stewards of these testamentary gifts very seriously.”

Grant applications must be completed online and submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2019. Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applications and/or incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Charitable non-profit organizations, schools, and/or local government entities serving the people of the Platteville area are eligible to apply for grants. Requests from and for individuals are not eligible.

To access the application, go to www.cfsw.org, choose grants available from the grants dropdown menu and scroll to Platteville Community Fund. Questions? Both CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus ([email protected]) and CFSW grants manager Lannie Troon ([email protected]) are available to assist.
Founded in 2002, the Platteville Community Fund is dedicated to improving the Platteville community by building a family of endowed funds designed to make grants in support of projects and programs that enhance arts and culture, education, recreation, health and human services, the environment and the preservation of history. The Platteville Community Fund made its first grant of $400 in 2005. In the 14 years that it has made grants, the Platteville Community Fund has presented 297 awards totaling just over $625,000.

The Platteville Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a tax-exempt public charity. For more information, contact Platteville Community Fund chair Nathan Curry (608-348-2615 or [email protected]) or Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin donor services representative Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or [email protected]).

Date: January 28th, 2019

Nominations Invited for 2019 Crawford County Leadership Awards

Nominations are invited for the 9th Annual Crawford County Leadership Awards. Sponsored by the Crawford County Community Fund, the program recognizes individuals, organizations or businesses that have helped make Crawford County a better place to live, work and play. Anyone may make a nomination; self-nominations are welcome.

Nominees are requested in the following categories:

Community Leadership and Service – recognizes an individual, business or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to the Crawford County area through public service that enhances the economic, cultural or social well-being of their community.
Tourism Award – presented to an individual, business or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to the enhancement of Crawford County through tourism development and promotion.
Outstanding Youth Leadership – awarded to a young person, age 13 to 22, living in Crawford County, who has demonstrated outstanding leadership with the potential for positive environmental, economic and/or social impact.
Above and Beyond Award – presented to an individual, business or organization that has demonstrated “out of the box” thinking and activity that promotes regionalism, cooperation among communities or organizations, creative strategies or innovative approaches to long-term problems, or diversity awareness.
Business Development Award – recognizes an individual, business or organization that has demonstrated a spirit of community involvement focused on the improvement of business and economic development in Crawford County.
Educational Leadership Award – awarded to an individual, business, or organization who has designed a specific project and/or educational initiative that has demonstrated a commitment to the Crawford County area in support of furthering excellence in education or fostering strong school/community relationships.

In speaking of the program, Lori Bekkum, CCCF advisory board chair noted, “This annual awards program provides an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the people, organizations, and businesses in our county who invest their time, talent, and resources to make our region a great place to live, work and play. For our experience over the past 8 years, we know that these people and groups work on behalf of all of us, expecting no recognition. We also know the pride that ensues by highlighting the good that is happening around us. Take a few moments and think about your community. Then, take action and make a nomination today.”

There are a variety of ways to submit nominations. You can find the nomination form by clicking here.  There is information about and photos of previous recipients on the page as well as the link to the nomination form. Nomination forms are also available at the public libraries in the county, from Crawford County Community Fund advisory board members or by emailing [email protected] Completed nominations may be mailed to CCCF Leadership Awards, PO Box 13, Seneca WI 54654 or scanned and emailed to [email protected] The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, March 1, 2019.

The Crawford County Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For questions and/or further information about the Fund and the Leadership Awards program, contact CCCF board chair Lori Bekkum ([email protected]) or CFSW Donor Services Rep Barb Daus ([email protected] or 608-778-3344).

Date: January 23rd, 2019

North Crawford Community Education Foundation Presents Grants

Making grant awards for unique and innovative projects and activities, as proposed by North Crawford faculty and staff and that serve North Crawford students, was among the goals of the group of volunteers that, in 2016, worked to establish the North Crawford Community Education Foundation. Recently members of the NCCEF advisory board awarded three Excellence in Education grants. In total, the group reviewed eight applications, requesting over $8000.

2018-2019 NCCEF EIE grant recipients & Advisory Board
Seated (left to right): Recipients Mendy Biege – Expanding Expression; Marcee Murray King – Equipment for Bal-A-Vis-X; Amanda Killeen – Arm Us with Literature.  Standing (left to right): NCCEF Advisory Board Members Sharon Murphy, Lois Schwert, Margaret Davidson, Karen Bolstad, Chuck Bolstad, Rick Busch.

The 2018-2019 awards were made for the following projects:

• Arm Us With Literature: Read Alouds For Social Emotional Development. Proposed by Amanda Killeen, this award of $480 will support the development of a resource collection of readily available focused read alouds that target specific social and emotional skills and is for use by all elementary students and teachers.
• Expanding Expression. Submitted by Mendy Biege, this $241 grant will be used to purchase ‘expanding expression tools’ for use at the elementary level to assist students in expanding their thinking and their descriptions of items during their sharing times.
• Equipment for Bal-A-Vis-X. Proposed by Marcee Murray King, this $499 grant will be used to purchase equipment for staff training to implement Bal-A-Vis-X: an intervention tool that helps students with self-regulation, focus, attention, community building and trauma.

In presenting the grants, NCCEF board chair Chuck Bolstad noted, “This is the second year that we have made Excellence in Education awards. We are able to make these awards because so many in our community have become a part of the NCCEF’s effort to further the education of our children in two ways: through grants to enhance their learning in the North Crawford district, and through scholarships to help them continue their education beyond graduation. Community members have supported our fund raising efforts with gifts of all sizes, displaying their generous desire to participate in the efforts of NCCEF to provide opportunities for children in the district. Last year, two Excellence in Education awards for $898 were presented. This year, due to our community’s support, we made three awards totaling $1220. Thank you to the community for putting kids first!”

The North Crawford Community Education Foundation has established both an Excellence in E

ducation endowment (which awards grants through a competitive process for projects in the school) and a scholarship endowment fund. NCCEF accepts gifts from individuals, organizations, businesses and families. Please direct questions and requests for additional information to CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus ([email protected], 608-778-3344), to Charles Bolstad ([email protected]) or to Rick Busch ([email protected]). Donations to the established funds may be made online at https://www.cfsw.org/give-now/ and by mail at NCCEF, 47050 County Rd X, Soldiers Grove WI 54655.