The Kenosha Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling $56,130 to 11 Kenosha County not-for-profit organizations and projects from the income earned by the foundation’s unrestricted endowment funds.

Receiving the grants:

Boys & Girls Club to support “Gus The Bus” providing free transportation for the 2019-20 School year for elementary students who attend the club three or more days a week.

St. Matthew’s ElderGarten to support the installation of a gravel walkway through the garden that will allow improved public access and the ElderGarten’s “Food Forest” program.

Hope Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse to support a “Community Resource Mapping” process that will help to identify gaps, solutions and existing activities that build protective factors to prevent substance abuse.

Kenosha Achievement Center to support the expansion of the “Sprouts Playgroups” to serve new locations that will increase access to quality, early childhood playgroups for low-income families.

Kenosha Literacy Council to support the “My Community and Me” integrated English civics education project to increase participant literacy skills through hands-on experiences and to help literacy students learn about their community.

Kenosha County Food Bank to support the establishment of a new food bank system that will supply foodstuffs to the county’s pantries and assist in delivery.

LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin to support facilitation of the “Youth and Gender Media Project” course trainings and discussions for families and educators to support transgender or gender non-conforming youth.

Open Wings Learning to support the needs of complex learners with disorders relating to communication, including pervasive developmental disorders, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and trauma-related delays.

The Shalom Center of the Interfaith Network to support expansion of the Women’s Shelter by purchasing beds and mattresses.

The Sharing Center to support programming that helps ensure families living in rural Kenosha County have access to basic needs/services for mental health, domestic violence, drug addiction or chronic illness.

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. to support programs that promote business ownership and entrepreneurship among women, people of color, veterans/military families and low-income residents through increased access to capital coupled with business education and counseling.

With these grant awards, the foundation completes its competitive grant making for 2019.

This year, the foundation awarded competitive grants to not-for-profit organizations totaling $107,631. In January, the foundation awarded $51,501 in grants from its four Field of Interest funds.