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Platteville Community Fund gives grants to nine groups
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Platteville Community Fund Fall 2015 grant recipients included (from left) Melissa Duve and Darlene Masters of Family Advocates, Jessie Lee-Jones of the Platteville Public Library, Dwight Klaassen of the Platteville Chorale, Stephanie Saager-Bourett of Platteville Museums, Luke Peters of City of Platteville Safe Routes Committee, Brandi Kamps of Southwest Opportunities Center, Jack Luedtke and Ruth Hinzmann of the Platteville Main Street Program, Sabrina Earl of Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin, Eric Fatzinger of the Jamison Museum Association, and Diana Bolander of Platteville Museums.

The Platteville Community Fund presented nine grants totaling $12,825 at the fall grants reception held Thursday.

“Today we are making awards from the earnings of the Platteville Community Fund Endowment, the Carmen and Eva Beining Endowment, the Robert and Marian Graham Community Endowment, and the Schneller–Tang Endowment,” said board chair Nathan Curry Thursday. “As you know, endowed funds are held in perpetuity with only earnings from those funds available for grants.”

Fall 2015 Robert and Marian Graham Community Fund grant recipients include:

• City of Platteville Safe Routes Committee, $2,250 in support of the contest to result in artistic bike racks for the Rountree Branch Trail.

• Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin, $1,000 in support of Parent/Child interaction programming.

• The Jamison Museum Association, $2,000 in support of the 2016 Historic Re-enactment.

• The Platteville Public Library Foundation, $3,000 for the purchase of an After School Edge computer.

A $1,825 grant from the Carmen and Eva Beining Community Endowment was given to the Mining and Rollo Jamison Museums to be used to move collections management to the electronic age with implementation of PastPerfect software.

A grant of $750 from the Schneller–Tang Community Endowment was awarded to Southwest Opportunities Center for classroom upgrades at its Lancaster facility, which serves the entire county.

Recipients of grants from the general PCF endowment include:

• The Platteville Chorale, $500 in support of facility rental for concerts for the Chorale/Children’s Choir.

• The Platteville Main Street Program, $800 for the design and printing of brochures that emphasize and highlight the history of downtown Platteville.

• Family Advocates, $700 to aid in client transportation, to and from court appearances, lawyer appointments and job interviews.

For the fall grant cycle, the Platteville Community Fund received 16 applications with total requests in excess of $39,000. 

Established in 2002, PCF made its first grant in 2005. To date the fund has awarded 189 grants totaling more than $359,000. 

PCF is governed by a local volunteer board including Ron Boldt, Shirley Bowden, Louise Brockman, Nathan Curry, Ed Faherty, Eileen Nickels, Mary Rosemeyer, Bill Van Deest, Gene Weber, Jan Weier and Angie Wright. People assisting the volunteer board in the fall grant review included Patti Eggers, Joe Rosemeyer, and Cindy Tang.

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 Curry, 348-2615,, or Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin donor services representative Barb Daus, 778-3344, Donations are received throughout the year and may be sent to Platteville Community Fund, P.O. Box 46, Platteville, WI 53818.