Community Foundation seeking applications for new grant program

Community Foundation seeking applications for new grant program

The Kenosha Community Foundation is now accepting applications for 2020 awards from its new CBK Small Grant program.

The small grant program was created earlier this year by donors of two of the foundation’s endowment funds — the Clark-Barber Family Fund and the Kubasiewicz Family Trust.

The deadline for applications is Jan. 15, 2020.

As defined by the donors, the purpose of the CBK Small Grant program is to provide funds “to groups offering programs in the arts or the understanding of our natural world. It will emphasize cross-cultural and multi-generational programs in both areas, whenever possible.”

Based on these criteria, the foundation welcomes requests for funding for projects/initiatives in one or more of the following areas: the arts, culture, nature and the environment.

The award can be used as a contribution to an existing project/initiative or to help start a new program/initiative, and not-for-profit organizations, government agencies and/or educational institutions are welcome to apply.

All submissions must be made using an online Google form. Links to the Google form can be found on the foundation’s website or by visiting http://bit.ly/CBKGrants2020.

In 2020, the foundation plans to award a group of small grants — between $500—$1,000.

About CBK grants

Funds for the CBK Grant program are derived from income from the foundation’s Clark-Barber Family Fund and the Kubasiewicz Family Trust endowments.

The Clark-Barber Family Fund endowment was established in 2017 by Kenosha residents Tom and Ruth Barber Clark. Mr. Clark — an artist and educator — created the picasette plaque that is used as the logo for the CBK Grant program.

The Kubasiewicz Family Trust endowment, established in 2012 by Salem Lakes resident Tom Targos in honor of his late mother Irene Kubasiewicz Targos, has previously funded grants to not-for-profit organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha and the LGBT Center of Southeastern Wisconsin.

According to Robert Schneider, the foundation’s executive director, “the donors designed the program to support existing initiatives in the arts, culture, nature and the environment as well as a seed for new and experimental projects in these areas.”

“Additionally, the CBK Grant program is very experimental in nature including the use of a very short application form that must be completed and submitted online,” Schneider said.

The online form allows applicants to ask questions about the program and to provide any feedback about the program.

“The foundation will he documenting the 2020 grant-making process and feedback from applicants. “With the feedback received, we plan to further refine the CBK Grant Program for 2021,” Schneider said.

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