Date: June 1st, 2015

Platteville Community Fund presents 20 grants totaling $32,636

Nathan Curry, chair of the Platteville Community Fund, and Angie Wright, vice-chair, presented 20 grants to 18 organizations at the spring grants reception held Wednesday, May 27.

Spring 2015 Platteville Community Fund grant recipients include:  Front row (left to right): Kathy Kopp (Platteville Regional Chamber of Commerce); Jen Schweigert (Platteville Community Arboretum); Linda Bernhardt (UW-Extension Grant County); Wally Orzechowski (SWCAP/MCOP), Margaret Ruf (Platteville Chorale). Middle row (left to right): Teresa Alderson (Habitat for Humanity), Erin Isabell (Platteville Public Library); Stephanie Saager-Bourett (Platteville Museums); Lee Negrelli (PHPT), Amelia Armstrong (Platteville Schools Vocal Music); Val Shaw (Platteville Schools ELL); Rev Zayna Thompson (Family Promise); Sabrina Earl (Family Connections). Back row (left to right): Brandi Kamps (Southwest Opportunities Center); Kayla Leibfried (Wisconsin Badger Camp); Kerie Wedige (College for Kids/Middle University); Connie Steinhoff (Platteville Senior Center); Chad Jordan (PHPT), Steve Olenchek (PCA/Environmental Education), Jodie Richards (City of Platteville), Rev Michael Short (Family Promise).

Spring 2015 Platteville Community Fund grant recipients include: Front row (left to right): Kathy Kopp (Platteville Regional Chamber of Commerce); Jen Schweigert (Platteville Community Arboretum); Linda Bernhardt (UW-Extension Grant County); Wally Orzechowski (SWCAP/MCOP), Margaret Ruf (Platteville Chorale). Middle row (left to right): Teresa Alderson (Habitat for Humanity), Erin Isabell (Platteville Public Library); Stephanie Saager-Bourett (Platteville Museums); Lee Negrelli (PHPT), Amelia Armstrong (Platteville Schools Vocal Music); Val Shaw (Platteville Schools ELL); Rev Zayna Thompson (Family Promise); Sabrina Earl (Family Connections). Back row (left to right): Brandi Kamps (Southwest Opportunities Center); Kayla Leibfried (Wisconsin Badger Camp); Kerie Wedige (College for Kids/Middle University); Connie Steinhoff (Platteville Senior Center); Chad Jordan (PHPT), Steve Olenchek (PCA/Environmental Education), Jodie Richards (City of Platteville), Rev Michael Short (Family Promise).

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, Margaret Keizer and Claudyne Gies.   We are forever thankful for these investments made many years ago.  These trusts have been giving back to our community every year, making it a better place to live, work, play, and learn.”

The Platteville Community Fund received 25 applications with total requests in excess of $95,000.  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.  To date the Fund has awarded 180 grants totaling $346,188.50.

Spring 2015 grant recipients include:

  • City of Platteville — $1000 in support of new Platteville Welcomes You signs
    Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin — $1000 in support of families through the community events and outreach program
  •  Platteville Regional Chamber of Commerce — $300 for entertainment for the children’s programing for the 2015 Festival of the Arts
  •  Platteville School District — $2,200 for software for the English Language Learning laboratory
    UW-Extension – Grant County — $250 for the 2015 Creative Youth Expo
  •  UWP’s Office of Continuing Education — $1000 to support of the 2015 College for Kids/Middle University program
    Wisconsin Badger Camp — $1000 for camperships for attendees from the Platteville School District
  •  Platteville Community Arboretum — $7000 for Moving Platteville Outdoors
  •  Southwest Opportunities Center — $1030 for recliners for the Day Services and Golden Seniors Program
  •  Platteville High School —Vocal Music Department — $1906 for choral residency and commissioning of a choral wo for grades 6 through 12
  •  Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program — $750 for MCOP and specifically for the English Language Learning program in Grant County
  •  City of Platteville, Museum Department — $1500 for stacking chairs
  •  City of Platteville, Parks & Recreation Department/Platteville Human Powered Trails — $2000 to construct trail kiosks
  •  Family Promise of Grant County — $5,500 to purchase and maintain a van
  •  Habitat for Humanity of Grant County — $500 for home build #11
  •  Platteville Regional Chamber of Commerce — $500 for flower baskets on Main Street
  •  Platteville Chorale — $500 grant for a school tour by the Children’s Choir
  •  Platteville Community Arboretum — $1500 to purchase solar telescopes for the environmental education lending library, housed at Platteville Middle School
  •  Platteville Senior Center — $2500 to purchase the mechanisms for an auto-swing door for the front entrance
  •  Platteville Public Library — $700 for a Meet the Author Series for young readers – ages 6 to 12

PCF is governed by a local volunteer board including Ron Boldt, Shirley Bowden, Louise Brockman, Alison Bunte, Nathan Curry, Ed Faherty, Eileen Nickels, Mary Rosemeyer, Bill Van Deest, Gene Weber, Jan Weier and Angie Wright.  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