Monday, June 16, 2014

Grant Applications 2014


The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin is accepting grant applications for its 2014 Community Grants Program.   Applications will be considered for funding through Foundation family funds, mission funds and donor-advised funds. 

Grant applications are limited to non-profit agencies and organizations exempt from federal taxation under Section 501(C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and/or established citizen committees wishing to complete a community project for area enhancement.  

The Foundation operates without discrimination as to age, religion, sex, or national origin in considering applications and awards grants only to agencies and organizations that likewise do not discriminate.

 
Preference will be given to projects and programs that:

·         Support the Foundation’s goals of helping people, enhancing education, enriching arts and culture, contributing to wellness, and improving the environment.

·         Respond to current and emerging needs or gaps of services in Central Wisconsin.

·         Demonstrate an ongoing and/or increasing need in the community; provide a new program or project that is needed and not replicated in the community; strengthen volunteer participation and citizen involvement in community concerns.


Grant awards are announced each October.  An application is required.  The deadline for all grant applications is August 15, 2014.

Complete information and grant applications can be found on the Foundation’s website at www.cfcwi.org.  Questions can be directed to the Community Foundation office at 715.342.4454.
 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Community Foundation Scholarships Make Dreams Come True



Every year the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin has the rewarding job of distributing scholarships to area students pursuing post-secondary educations.  This year was no different.  Nearly $130,000 in awards is being given to 154 scholars.
Some of our scholarships recognize students who were active in high school sports, others acknowledge community involvement or above average grades or strong work ethic.   All of these deserving students will move forward with their career plans, knowing that all or part of their college tuition is being paid.  Funding for these scholarships comes from members of our community who want to ensure that our students have a bright and prosperous future.
In talking with some of this year’s recipients about how they will “pay it forward” after college graduation, here are some of their thoughts.  Isaac Dopp, attending UW-Madison this fall with a Major in Music Performance, said once he is in his career he would donate to the Community Foundation.  Katelyn McEachen said she will definitely reach out to younger children to encourage them to do more and to get involved.  She wants to help them build their confidence so each child feels special and can succeed in life.  She will be a freshman at UWSP this fall and is not sure of her major yet.  Jonathan Barnes who is enrolled at UW-LaCrosse with an undecided major hopes to “pursue my goals so I can turn around and help others.”
In accepting these scholarships, the students were eager to tell how the Community Foundation is helping further their education.  Dopp said “the number of scholarships I am receiving helps me focus on coursework rather than having to work a lot to pay for college.”  Barnes concurred, saying “this financial assistance allows me access to more opportunities and makes my goals more achievable.”  McEachen is able to stay in the dorm because of receiving Foundation scholarships, and acknowledges “there are a lot of people wanting to help me succeed in life….I now see our community in a different light.”
Students who will be high school seniors this fall will want to visit the Community Foundation website to learn about the many scholarship opportunities.  The scholarship application period runs from December 1 to March 1, with awards announced in mid-May.  Visit www.cfcwi.org to learn more.
Written by Cheri Smith, member of the staff of the Community Foundation and handles Donor & Administrative Services.

Portage County Public Library Board of Trustees, Inc


The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Portage County Public Library Board of Trustees, Inc. fund to its family of funds. 

“The fund accepts donations that support the operation of the Portage County Public Library.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

Contributions to the Community Foundation are always welcome and can be made online at www.cfcwi.org or mailed to the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, PO Box 968, Stevens Point, WI  54481.
 

Peter C. Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship


The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Peter C. Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship Fund to its family of funds. 
 
“The fund will award an annual scholarship to a Portage County resident pursuing a degree in education from UWSP.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

Contributions to the Community Foundation are always welcome and can be made online at www.cfcwi.org or mailed to the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, PO Box 968, Stevens Point, WI  54481.
 

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