Date: August 13th, 2018

Crawford County Community Fund Announces 2018 Grant Cycle

The Crawford County Community Fund is currently accepting grant applications for its annual grant cycle. The application deadline is Monday, October 1, 2018.

Applications must be completed online and submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. on October 1. Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applications and/or incomplete or late applications will not be considered. To access the application, go to www.cfsw.org, choose grants available from the grants dropdown menu and scroll to Crawford County Community Fund. Questions? Both CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus (Barb@cfsw.org) and CFSW grants manager Lannie Troon (Lannie@cfsw.org) are available to assist.

The Crawford County Community Fund seeks projects or programs that address current community needs with a focus on economic development. The mission of the Crawford County Community Fund is “to create stronger communities by matching generosity with economic needs.” Projects or programs provided by charitable non-profit organizations, municipalities or schools that serve the people within Crawford County and have a strong connection to fulfilling the Crawford County Community Fund mission are eligible for consideration. Requests from individuals are not eligible.

Camille Smith, chair of Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board, has announced that the board expects to award approximately $7000 during this grant cycle. Further, she has noted that the grant review committee is anxious to receive the 2018 grant applications and will look specifically to fund requests that address increased economic vitality and improve the quality of life in the county.

Current members of the Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board are Chad Abram, Craig Anderson, Lori Bekkum, Pete Flesch, Joe Friar, Roni Gundlach, Michael Higgins, Camille Smith, and Bob Van Hoesen.

The Crawford County Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity. For more information about the granting process and about supporting the Fund, contact Camille Smith, advisory board chair, at (608)769-2503 or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, at (608)778-3344 or barb@cfsw.org. Donations are received online at www.cfsw.org or may be mailed to the Crawford County Community Fund, PO Box 13, Seneca, WI 54654-0013.

Date: August 10th, 2018

Elkhorn Fund Accepting Grant Applications

The Elkhorn Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., is accepting grant applications from nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that provide direct service to the Elkhorn community, from schools in the Elkhorn School District to support classroom programs or projects, and from local government entities providing charitable programs to Elkhorn. Requests from individuals are not eligible.

The Elkhorn Fund looks for projects or programs that propose practical solutions to current needs in the areas of the arts, education, historic preservation, and health and human service. Grants typically range from $500 to $2,000.

Elkhorn Fund grant applications are available at www.cfsw.org. Mailed, emailed, faxed or hand delivered copies will not be accepted. Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59PM, September 15, 2018. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Elkhorn Fund Advisory Board Members include Kate Abbe, Bob Ford, John Henderson Ellen Holly, Karen Kallem, Tim Middleton, Ward Phillips, Jason Tadlock. For more information or questions contact Jane Maldonis at 1-800-995-2379 or jane@cfsw.org

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Date: July 31st, 2018

Platteville Community Fund Accepting Grant Applications

The Platteville Community Fund is now accepting grant applications for its fall grant cycle. The application deadline is Saturday, September 15, 2018. Applications must be completed online and submitted online no later than 11:59pm on that day. Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applications and/or incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

In making the grant application announcement, Platteville Community Fund advisory board chair Nathan Curry noted, “The Platteville Community Fund has been awarding grants since 2005. Our community understands the long-term value of endowment building. In our initial year of grant making there was one grant of $400 awarded from the Platteville Community Fund. During our fall 2018 grant cycle we will make awards from the earnings of four endowed funds: the Platteville Community Fund, the Robert & Marian Graham Community Fund, the Schneller-Tang Community Fund and the Carmen & Eva Beining Community Fund. We expect to grant nearly $17,650 in earnings generated by these four funds.”

The Platteville Community Fund Advisory Board is particularly interested in applications that support innovative projects for children and families, community access, and sustainability as well as those for events and activities that promote the arts and diversity. Projects or programs provided by charitable non-profits that serve the people within the Platteville School District are eligible for consideration. Requests from individuals are not eligible.

The application form is available online at the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin website (www.cfsw.org). Select the “Grants” tab and then “Grants Available.” Scroll until you find the Platteville Community Fund, Fall entry and then ‘click to apply.’ Completed applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 pm Saturday, September 15, 2018. Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applications will not be accepted. If you need -help or have questions both CFSW grants manager Lannie Troon (lannie@cfsw.org or 608-758-0883) and CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus (barb@cfsw.org or 608-778-3344) are available to assist.

The Platteville Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity. For more information, contact Nathan Curry, advisory board chair, at (608)348-2615 or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, at (608)778-3344 or barb@cfsw.org. Community members interested in making a donation may send a check to the Platteville Community Fund, PO Box 46, Platteville, WI 53815, or make a donation online at www.cfsw.org.

Date: July 26th, 2018

Women’s Fund Accepting Grant Applications

The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc. is seeking proposals from 501(c)(3) charitable Rock County organizations and municipalities offering projects or programs that serve the mental health needs of women and girls.

Services eligible for grant funding may include but are not limited to depression, anxiety, caregiver stress, addictions, work/family stress, and eating disorders.

Both prevention and/or response programs are eligible.  Training programs for targeted audiences, support groups, mentoring programs, resource identification, and other related programs are examples for possible grant support.  Collaborations throughout Rock County are encouraged.

Requests from individuals are not eligible.  The Women’s Fund aims to strengthen programs and encourage projects likely to make a significant difference in the quality of life for women and girls in Rock County.  Grant applications are available at the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin website www.cfsw.org and must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM September 15, 2018.  Proposals of up to $10,000 will be considered.

The Women’s Fund was established in 2003 to be a perpetual source of local support for women and girls of Rock County. The Women’s Fund advisory board is charged with the tasks of raising endowment dollars and awarding meaningful grants to nonprofit organizations offering programming essential to the changing needs of women and girls.

For more information, contact Jane Maldonis at the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin at jane@cfsw.org, 608-758-0883 or visit www.cfsw.org.

Date: July 5th, 2018

Annual 5th Grade Elizabeth Summers Academic Achievement Awards presented at Iowa-Grant

Six Iowa-Grant Middle School students were recently presented certificates and monetary awards made possible through a charitable bequest from the estate of Elizabeth J. Summers.

2018 Elizabeth Summers Academic Achievement Awards
Fred Skaife (standing behind) of the Iowa Grant Educational Foundation is show with recipients (left to right) Linnea Elg, Jacob Phillips, Dawson Reid, Lakyn Holman, Lucas Christiansen, and Bret Connolly.

The recipients include Lucas Christiansen, Bret Connolly, Linnea Elg, Lakyn Holman, Jacob Phillips, and Dawson Reid. These students earned the award as fifth graders, during the 2017-2018 academic year. They were selected for being in the top 10% of their class as determined by their performance on standardized tests and on the recommendation of their teachers.

Fennimore Attorney David Kurth, representing the Summers estate, contacted the Iowa-Grant School District in 2010. He shared the news of a bequest of $30,000, given by Elizabeth Summers in honor of her older twin sisters who were rural school teachers. Josephine and Genevieve Kalile attended the Normal School in Platteville and taught in Boscobel, Mount Hope, Wingville and Castle Rock and in Boscobel, Anderson Mills, Beaver Dam and Mt. Horeb, respectively.

Elizabeth, Josephine and Genevieve parents, John and Rose Kilile, were farmers in Fennimore, having emigrated from the country of Lebanon. Elizabeth met her husband, Norbert Summers, in La Crosse. She worked as a secretary/receptionist at a business in La Crosse for 34 years.

When Elizabeth died, her Trust made gifts totaling over $1.1 million. In addition to the Iowa-Grant bequest, the Summers Trust made gifts to a number of other public schools plus, among others, the Boscobel Health Care Foundation, Fennimore Community Scholarship Foundation, Great Rivers United Way, UW-Platteville Foundation, and Caritas Lebanon Catholic Charity.

Fred Skaife, a member of the Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation Advisory Board, made the presentations noting, “We all know that you have worked hard to achieve this award. Awards just do not happen without plenty of hard work. Sometimes you probably have given up some other fun activity to spend extra time studying. We are sure that you parents, teachers, siblings & friends are all very proud of you.”

Attorney David Kurth shared recollections of his interaction with Ms. Summers. Additionally, he brought a number of items that were used in the one-room schools by Ms. Summers’ sisters.
The Elizabeth J. Summers Elementary Academic Achievement Awards are awarded through a partnership of the Iowa-Grant School District, the Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation (IGEF), and the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (CFSW).

IGEF was established in 2000 and is a component of CFSW. Its mission is to build an endowment that provides private resources for the support of the Iowa-Grant School District. For more information or to make a donation to the Foundation contact IGEF advisory board chair Paulette DiVall (pdivall@yahoo.com) or CFSW Donor Services Representative Barb Daus (barb@cfsw.org or 608-778-3344). Donations to the Foundation can be sent to the Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation, PO Box 124, Livingston, WI 53554 or can be made online at www.cfsw.org.