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Platteville Community Fund gives spring grants
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PLATTEVILLE — At its spring 2012 grant announcement reception May 21, the Platteville Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southwest Wisconsin, awarded 16 grants totaling $23,450 to non-profit organizations and charitable projects throughout greater Platteville.

Funds for the grants were made possible through charitable trusts managed by First National Bank of Beloit and established by now-deceased Platteville residents Clarence Gribble, Robert and Margaret Hartshorn, Margaret Keizer, and Elinore Loveland.

The Platteville Community Fund announced its spring grant cycle in mid-February. A total of 29 grant applications with requests totaling $71,486 were received by the April 16 application deadline.

“We were able to make 16 awards with the $23,450 that was available,” said Platteville Community Fund Chair Eileen Nickels. “The review process, completed by the PCF advisory board members, was detailed and exhaustive. It was a very difficult task, considering the tremendous community need. We thank the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin and First National Bank of Beloit for entrusting PCF with this significant and crucial community responsibility.”

Funding was awarded to the following Platteville organizations/projects: the Platteville Fourth of July Committee for the 2012 Celebration; Building Platteville, Inc., for loyalty card printing; the City of Platteville for city pool support including a sunshade and CPR/first aid training and equipment; Family Advocates, Inc., for support for transportation of victims to access support services; Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin, for support of events and outreach to Platteville area families; the Jamison Museum Association for the Historic Re-enactment; the Platteville Area Chamber of Commerce for holiday lighting in City Park; Platteville Chorale, Inc., for support of children’s chorale concerts; Platteville Community Arboretum, Inc., for the summer nature camp and trail signage; Platteville Jaycees, for holiday movies; School District of Platteville, for Soundfield Amplification project; Special Olympics Wisconsin, for transportation to competitions; UW–Platteville Foundation, for scholarships for 2012 Platteville area high school graduates; and the UW–Platteville Office of Continuing Education, for the College of Kids/Middle University.

Distributions from the Gribble, Hartshorn, Keizer, and Loveland trusts also will provide $27,500 in scholarship support for 2012 Platteville High School seniors pursuing post-secondary education.

The Platteville Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., is a tax-exempt public charity. The Platteville Community Fund’s growth and success depends on community members who share a commitment and are able to invest their resources in the Platteville community to enhance art, education, health and human services, the environment and historic preservation. The PCF provides a means for individuals, organizations and businesses to support their unique charitable community interests for good, for ever.

The fund will have a fall 2012 grant cycle. Formal announcement will be made in mid-summer with applications due by Sept. 15.

For more information about the Platteville Community Fund, contact Eileen Nickels, advisory board chair,  (608) 778-2959. or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, (608) 778-3344, Community members interested in making a donation may send a check to the Platteville Community Foundation, P.O. Box 46, Platteville, WI 53818, or visit to donate online.