Date: November 17th, 2015

Platteville Community Fund Presents Grants Totaling $12,825

Platteville Community Fund Fall 2015 grant recipients: Left to right: Melissa Duve and Darlene Masters, Family Advocates; Jessie Lee-Jones, Platteville Public Library; Dwight Klaassen, Platteville Chorale; Stephanie Saager-Bourett, Platteville Museums; Luke Peters, City of Platteville/Safe Routes; Brandi Kamps, Southwest Opportunities Center; Jack Luedtke and Ruth Hinzmann, Platteville Main Street Program; Sabrina Earl, Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin; Eric Fatzinger, Jamison Museum Association; and Diana Bolander, Platteville Museums

Platteville Community Fund Fall 2015 grant recipients:
Left to right: Melissa Duve and Darlene Masters, Family Advocates; Jessie Lee-Jones, Platteville Public Library; Dwight Klaassen, Platteville Chorale; Stephanie Saager-Bourett, Platteville Museums; Luke Peters, City of Platteville/Safe Routes; Brandi Kamps, Southwest Opportunities Center; Jack Luedtke and Ruth Hinzmann, Platteville Main Street Program; Sabrina Earl, Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin; Eric Fatzinger, Jamison Museum Association; and Diana Bolander, Platteville Museums

The Platteville Community Fund presented 9 grants totaling $12,825 at the fall grants reception held Thursday, November 12.

Nathan Curry, board chair, noted, “Today we are making awards from the earnings of the Platteville Community Fund Endowment, the Carmen and Eva Beining Endowment, the Robert & Marian Graham Community Endowment, and the Schneller-Tang Endowment.  As you know, endowed funds are held in perpetuity with only earnings from those funds available for grants.”

Fall 2015 Robert & Marian Graham Community Fund grant recipients include:

  • City of Platteville/Safe Routes Committee, a grant of $2,250 is in support of the contest to result in artistic bike rakes for the Rountree Branch Trail.
  • Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin, a grant of $1,000 in support of Parent/Child interaction programming.
  • The Jamison Museum Association, $2,000 in support of the 2016 Historic Re-enactment.
  • The Platteville Public Library Foundation, $3,000 for the purchase of an After School Edge Computer.

A grant from the Carmen & Eva Beining Community Endowment in the amount of $1825 awarded to the Mining and Rollo Jamison Museums, to be used to move collections management to the electronic age – with implementation of PastPerfect software.

A grant of $750 from the Schneller-Tang Community Endowment was awarded to Southwest Opportunities Center, for classroom upgrades at their facility which serves the entire county but is located in Lancaster.

Recipients of grants from the general PCF endowment include:

  • The Platteville Chorale, $500 in support of facility rental for concerts for the Chorale/Children’s Choir.
  • The Platteville Main Street Program, $800 for the design and printing of brochures that emphasize and highlight the history of downtown Platteville.
  • Family Advocates, $700 to aid in client transportation, to and from court appearances, lawyer appointments and job interviews.

For the fall grant cycle, the Platteville Community Fund received 16 applications with total requests in excess of $39,000.  Established in 2002, PCF made its first grant in 2005.  To date the Fund has awarded 189 grants totaling just over $359,000.  PCF is governed by a local volunteer board including Ron Boldt, Shirley Bowden, Louise Brockman, Nathan Curry, Ed Faherty, Eileen Nickels, Mary Rosemeyer, Bill Van Deest, Gene Weber, Jan Weier and Angie Wright.  Persons assisting the volunteer board for the fall grant review included Patti Eggers, Joe Rosemeyer, and Cindy Tang.

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 [email protected]) or Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin donor services representative Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or [email protected]).  Donations are received throughout the year and may be sent to Platteville Community Fund, PO Box 46, Platteville, Wisconsin 53818