Date: November 14th, 2017

Platteville Community Fund Presents 11 grants totaling $16,822

Making a difference in and for our community!  That is the work of the dedicated volunteers who provide leadership and the generous donors who provide resources to the Platteville Community Fund.  And, that is the intended impact of grants awarded by the Platteville Community Fund.

Platteville Community Fund Fall 2017 grant recipients Left to right: Audrey Johnston and Tori Lesser, representing SOC; Bob Hundhausen, representing Building Platteville; Paul McDonald and Bob Digman, representing PCA; Melissa Duve, Darlene Masters, and Laura Hermsen, representing Family Advocates; Luke Peters, representing the City of Platteville, Recreation Department; Brandi Kamps, representing Wisconsin Badger Camp; Keri Wedige, representing UWP College for Kids; Maggie Kleisath and Stephanie Saager-Bourett, representing the Platteville Chorale; and Diana Bolander and Mary Huck, representing the Platteville Museums and the Friends of the Platteville Museums

Nathan Curry, PCF board chair, noted, “Today we are presenting grants from the earnings of the Carmen and Eva Beining Endowment, the Robert & Marian Graham Community Endowment, and the Schneller-Tang Endowment.  We are honored to make these awards from legacy gifts invested by these donors that benefit the Platteville community now and forever.”

Fall 2017 Robert & Marian Graham Community Fund grant recipients include:

  • The City of Platteville Recreation Department, $2,250 for the resurfacing of the floor at the Platteville Armory and the painting of courtlines for pickleball.
  •  The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums, $7,500 to fund the replace of the mine incline railing.

Awards from the Carmen & Eva Beining Endowment were presented as follows:

  • Family Advocates, $600 in support of client transportation.
  • The Friends of the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums, $1,000 to purchase archival supplies for the care and preservation of the collection.
  •  The Platteville Chorale, $250 to support rental of facilities for the Platteville Children’s Choirs Holiday Concert.
  • The Platteville Community Arboretum, $500 for the purchase of a chain saw for trail maintenance.
  • Southwest Opportunities Center, $722 to purchase items to complete the Day Services Multi-Stimulation Room project.

A grant of $1,000 from the Schneller-Tang Community Endowment was awarded to Wisconsin Badger Camp in support of the purchase of a canoe transport trailer.

Grants were also presented from the Platteville Community Fund Endowment. Recipients include:

  • Building Platteville, $500 for the purchase of reusable supplies for a ‘new’ community holiday event – Katie’s Garden Winter Wonderland.
  • The City of Platteville Recreation Department, $1,000 for the creation and installation of an artistic bike rake for the recently opened Platteville Public Library.
  • The UWP Office of Continuing Education, $1,500 to fund 15 partial scholarships for the 2018 College for Kids program for attendees from the Platteville Schools geographic area.

For the fall grant cycle, the Platteville Community Fund received 17 applications with total requests in excess of $47,000.  Established in 2002, PCF made its first grant in 2005.  To date the Fund has awarded 244 grants totaling just over $494,172.  PCF is governed by a local volunteer advisory board including Kim Brodbeck, Louise Brockman, Nathan Curry, Ed Faherty, Eileen Nickels, Mary Rosemeyer, Joe Rosemeyer, Jen Schweigert, Cindy Tang, Bill Van Deest, and Jan Weier.  Persons assisting the advisory board in the evaluation of fall 2017 grant applications included Dave Jones, Kathy Lomax, and Tom Osterholz.

The Platteville Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, welcomes donations from individuals, organizations, businesses and estates.  Anyone can make a gift, large or small, and every gift benefits the Platteville community.  To learn more about the Platteville Community Fund contact chair Nathan Curry (608-348-2615 or nathanc@kopplaw.net) or Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin donor services representative Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or barb@cfsw.org).  Donations are received throughout the year and may be sent to Platteville Community Fund, PO Box 46, Platteville, Wisconsin 53818