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Crawford County Community Fund starts grant cycle
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CRAWFORD COUNTY - The Crawford County Community Fund is currently accepting grant applications for its annual grant cycle. The application deadline is October 1, 2017. 

Applications must be completed online and submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. on October 1. Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applications and/or incomplete or late applications will not be considered.  To access the application, go to, choose grants available from the grants dropdown menu and scroll to Crawford County Community Fund.  Questions?  Both CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus ( and CFSW grants and scholarships manager Jackie Ommodt ( are available to assist. 

The Crawford County Community Fund seeks projects or programs that address current community needs with a focus on economic development. The mission of the Crawford County Community Fund is “to create stronger communities by matching generosity with economic needs.”  Projects or programs provided by charitable non-profit organizations or businesses that serve the people within Crawford County and have a strong connection to fulfilling the Crawford County Community Fund mission are eligible for consideration.   Requests from individuals are not eligible.

Sharon Murphy, Chairperson of Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board, has announced that the board expects to award $6,000 during this grant cycle.  Further, she has noted that the grant review committee is anxious to receive the 2017 grant applications and will look specifically to fund requests that address increased economic vitality and improve the quality of life in the county.  The 2016 grants were awarded to the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, for development of the Kickapoo Indian Caverns near Wauzeka; the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library, in support of the ‘Ready, Set, Grow’ campaign; the Village of Ferryville for re-development of Sugar Creek Park; and the Village of Gays Mills Stump Dodger Trail project.

Current members of the Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board are Chad Abram, Craig Anderson, Lori Bekkum, Pete Flesch, Joe Friar, Sharon Murphy, Camille Smith, Bob Van Hoesen, and Will Cronin.

The Crawford County Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity. For more information, contact Sharon Murphy, advisory board chair, at 608-624-3409 or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, at 608-778-3344 or Community members interested in making a donation may send a check to the Crawford County Community Foundation, PO Box 13, Seneca, WI 54654-0013, or visit to donate online.