Date: November 29th, 2016

Platteville Community Fund Presents Grants Totaling $18,668

The Platteville Community Fund presented 9 grants totaling $18,668 at the fall grants ceremony held on November 17.

Nathan Curry, board chair, reported that the Platteville Community Fund had received 15 applications with requests totaling just over $59,000.  Further Curry acknowledged the foresight of Platteville residents, now deceased, in leaving monies in trust to benefit the community – For Good. For Ever.

Fall grant recipients.

Fall grant recipients.

Five grants were awarded from the Robert and Marian Graham Community Fund.  The Grahams purchased a small local business in 1960.  They grew that business – the Shopping News – into a regional paper, serving folks in Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette counties.  When they sold the business and retired, in 1976, they wanted to give back to the community that had been so good to them for so many years.  For over 40 years, monies from the Graham Fund have been returned to the community to fund programs, projects and special initiatives.  The fall 2016 grantees include:

  • The Mining and Rollo Jamison Museums – $2500 in support of the museums initiative to increase accessibility through the installation of handicap accessible doors.
  • The Platteville Chorale – $600 to support a regional performance tour by the Children’s Choir.
  • The Platteville School District and specifically the Platteville Middle School Science Program – $300 to purchase multiple copies of the novel, Trinity: A Graphic History of the 1st Atomic Bomb.
  • The UW-Platteville Office of Continuing Education College of Kids Program – $500 in support of need-based scholarships for Platteville School District students to attend the 2017 College for Kids program.
  • The Platteville Public Library Foundation – a total of $10,000, which included grant monies of $4200 from the Platteville Community Fund endowment, for furniture, fixtures and equipment for the soon to opened, expanded and new Platteville Public Library.

Two grants were presented from the Schneller-Tang Community Fund.  This endowment was established in 2007 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of what we know today as Esterline/

AVISTA.  Originally started by Cindy Tang and her father, as Insight Industries, and later led by Jim Schneller (as AVISTA), this Fund awarded its 1st grants in 2011.  Grantees for 2016 include:

  • Southwest Health and specifically the Emergency Medical Services – $1000 to assist in the purchase of ventilators, essential in respiratory support, for the ambulances.
  • Southwest Opportunities Center – $268 in support of the safety improvement program.

Two grants were presented from Carmen and Eva Beining Community Fund.  The philanthropy of the Beinings is well known throughout this community.  Carmen and Eva were life-long residents who helped to build Platteville.  They have left a number of legacy gifts that will continue their work, for ever.

  • Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin – $1000 to purchase necessary supplies for events including Play ‘n Learn and Family Fun activities.
  • Family Promise of Grant County – $2500 to support the purchase of kitchen appliances and other furniture for the group’s Day Center.

Established in 2002, PCF made its first grant in 2005.  To date the Fund has awarded 219 grants that have invested nearly $440,000 in the Platteville community.  PCF requests grant applications twice every year.  The deadline for submission of spring grant materials is April 15.  Applications are made online through the CFSW website –

PCF is governed by a local volunteer board including Louise Brockman, Nathan Curry, Ed Faherty, Eileen Nickels, Joe Rosemeyer, Mary Rosemeyer, Jen Schweigert, Cindy Tang, Bill Van Deest, Gene Weber, and Jan Weier.

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