Date: June 12th, 2017

Platteville Community Fund presents 18 grants totaling $30,493

2017 Platteville Community Fund grant recipients:

Seated (left to right): Brandi Kamps (Badger Camp), Nancy Fairchild (Make Music Platteville), Lori King and Deanna Bingham (Family Advocates), Audrey Gallo-Johnston and Tori Leeser (Southwest Opportunities Center)

Middle row (left to right): Sabrina Earl (Family Connections), Ron Weier (Platteville Optimists), James Schneider and Kathy Kopp (Community Leadership Alliance), Sheila Kelley (PHS Scholarship Fund), Steve Kleisath (Platteville Library Foundation), Jessie Lee-Jones, Karina Zidon and Emma Radosevich (Platteville Public Library)

Back row (left to right): Luke Peters (Aquatic Center), Dee Wolff and Dave Ralph (Jamison Museum Association), Steve Olencheck (Platteville Middle School), Diana Bolander and Jeff Shave (Mining and Rollo Jamison Museum), Jack Luedtke (Platteville Main Street), Gary Munson (Sustainability Committee), Hannah Campbell Gustafson (Family Promise) and Jon Meidinger (Senior Center).


Nathan Curry, chair of the Platteville Community Fund, and Jen Schweigert, PCF advisory board member, presented 18 grants at a special presentation breakfast held June 8.

Curry noted, “Today we are making awards totaling in excess of $32,000.  These monies are available through the generosity of now deceased former residents who made legacy gifts to the community including Clarence Gribble, Elinore Loveland, Robert & Marjorie Hartshorn, and Margaret Keizer.   We are forever thankful for these investments made many years ago.  These trusts give back to our community every year, making it a better place to live, work, play, and learn.”

The Platteville Community Fund received 22 applications with total requests in excess of $64,000.  The Platteville Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, holds two grant cycles per year.  Established in 2002, PCF made its first grant in 2005.

Spring 2017 grant were presented as follows:

From the Elinore Loveland Trust

  • Southwest Opportunities Center — $570 in support of their kitchen upgrade program;
  • Platteville Middle School Science Program — $800 to purchase a science simulation package;
  • Platteville Main Street Program — $1976 to purchase replacement bows for Platteville’s holiday decorations;
  • Make Music Platteville — $850 to support Platteville’s participation in this world-wide music event, held annually on the summer solstice;
  • Platteville Public Library Foundation — $6320 for acquisition of laptop computers and associated accessories and software;
  • Jamison Museum Association — $1000 to support the annual Historic Re-enactment;
  • Family Advocates — $500 to support of the Kids in Transition summer camp program.

From the Robert A and Marjorie M Hartshorn Trust

  • Family Promise of Grant County — $299 to purchase a printer for the program’s day facility;
  • Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin — $1000 for items for the lending library;
  • Platteville Senior Center — $5,000 in support of the WELCOME TO OUR NEW HOME project.

From the Clarence Gribble Trust

  • City of Platteville Recreation Department in collaboration with the Platteville Morning Optimist Club — $796 to support an Educational Outreach Program conducted by the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium;
  • City of Platteville Family Aquatic Center — $4,500 for a toddler water slide;
  • Community Leadership Alliance — $375 to fund partial scholarships for Platteville enrollees.
  • From the Loveland, Hartshorn and Gribble Trusts
  • PHS Scholarship Fund — $3000 for PHS Class of 2018 scholarships to attend UWP or SWTC.

From the Margaret S Keizer Charitable Fund

  • Wisconsin Badger Camp — $1,000 to provide camperships for attendees from Platteville;
  • Platteville Public Library — $1200 for the development of a World Languages Collection;
  • Platteville Main Street Program – Sustainability Committee — $1000 for the purchase of recycling containers for the city’s parks;
  • Mining & Rollo Jamison Museum — $307 for the purchase of museum collections documentation equipment.


PCF is governed by a local volunteer board including Louise Brockman, Alison Bunte, Nathan Curry, Ed Faherty, Eileen Nickels, Joe Rosemeyer, Mary Rosemeyer, Jen Schweigert, Cindy Tang, Bill Van Deest, and Jan Weier.  PCF 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 [email protected]) or Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin donor services representative Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or [email protected]).  Donations are received through the year and may be sent to Platteville Community Fund, PO Box 46, Platteville, Wisconsin 53818