Date: June 13th, 2016

Platteville Community Fund Presents Grants Totaling $33,680

PCF Grant Group Photo-Spring 2016

Platteville Community Fund spring 2016 grant recipients: Front row (l-r): Jessie Lee-Jones and Hap Daus (Platteville Library Foundation), Gary Munson (Urban Agriculture), Amelia Armstrong (PHS Guitar Course), Nancy Fairchild (Make Music Platteville), Elizabeth Duewer (Habitat for Humanity), ReNah Reuter (Westveiw – Playground Expansion) Back: Monica Riege (PMS Bookroom), Frank Steck (Platteville Community Arboretum), Sheila Kelley (PHS Scholarship Fund), Jack Luedtke (Platteville Main Street Program), Nancy Olson (Platteville Public Schools), Dwight Klaassen (Platteville Chorale), Brandi Kamps (Southwest Opportunities Center), Kayla Liebfried (Wisconsin Badger Camp), Stephanie Saager-Bourett and Diana Bolander (Mining and Rollo Jamison Museums), and Tom Cabezas (Rountree Gallery).

The Platteville Community Fund presented 17 grants totaling $33,680 at the spring grants breakfast held Thursday, June 2.

Nathan Curry, board chair, thanked the review committee which included the members of the Platteville Community Fund advisory board and two at-large community members.  He reported that 26 applications with requests totaling more than $70,000 were received and reviewed.  Further Curry acknowledged the foresight of Platteville residents, now deceased, in leaving monies in trust to benefit the community – For Good. For Ever.

Spring 2016 Clarence Gribble Trust grant recipients include:

  • The Platteville Main Street Program, $400 in support of Sweet Treats on Main and specifically to bring Mickey and Minnie Mouse to town.
  • The Platteville Chorale, $500 grant to support a regional performance tour by the Children’s Choir.
  • Wisconsin Badger Camp, $500 for camperships for camp attendees from the geographic region defined as the Platteville School District.
  • The Sustainability Committee of the Platteville Main Street Program, $700 is in support of project Urban Agriculture.
  • The Platteville School District, a challenge grant of $700 to initiate a Mindfulness and Meditation class for teachers.
  • The Mining and Rollo Jamison Museums, $1000 in support of needed improvements to the Collections Area.
  • Platteville Community Arboretum, $2000 for family bicycle racks at the Trailhead of the David P Canny Rountree Branch Trail.

Two grants were presented from the Robert A and Marjorie M Hartshorn Trust.

  •  Make Music Platteville, $1000 in support of Platteville’s participation in this world wide music event, held annually on the summer solstice (this year, June 21).  Grantee #9
  •  The Platteville School District – Westview School, $6850 to purchase a Rockies Summit Climber for the expanded playground at the expanded Westview School.

Two grants were presented from the Margaret S Keizer Charitable Fund.

  •  Platteville High School – Vocal Music Department, $1260 to support the introduction of a Beginning Guitar course.
  •  The Platteville Public Schools, and specifically the Platteville Middle School, $1500 to support essentials associated with the creation of a bookroom for teachers.

The 5 awards from the Elinore Loveland Trust were made to:

  • Habitat for Humanity, $300 for the construction of a handicap accessible wheel chair ramp.
  • The Platteville Main Street Program, $500 in support of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of UW-Platteville at the 2016 summer Music in the Park series.
  • Southwest Opportunity Center, $1030 to assist in upgrading the day services and senior programming areas at the Center.
  • The City of Platteville – Rountree Gallery, $1440 to acquire and install a picture hanging system for the community room and upstairs lobby of the new library building, providing additional and accessible Gallery display space.
  • The Platteville Public Library Foundation, $10,000 to support the development of the children’s/youth area in the new library.

The 17th award of $4000 ($1000 from each of the aforementioned trusts) was made to the PHS Scholarship Fund for scholarships for Class of 2017 Platteville High School graduates to attend either UW-Platteville or Southwest Wisconsin Technical College.

Established in 2002, PCF made its first grant in 2005.  To date the Fund has awarded 210 grants that have invested nearly $420,000 in the Platteville community.  PCF requests grant applications twice every year.  The deadline for submission of fall grant materials is September 15.  Applications are made online through the CFSW website – www.cfsw.org.

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.  Persons assisting the volunteer board for the spring grant review included Ben Reeves and Tom Geyer.

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