Lancaster Community and Excellence In Education Fund

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About the Fund


The Lancaster Community Fund is a permanent unrestricted charitable endowment dedicated to serving the Lancaster community. The Fund provides means for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support their charitable interests. Annually, a portion of the Fund’s earnings are given back to the community in the form of grants that support the elderly, historic preservation, the arts, the environment, and education.

A nine-member volunteer advisory board is responsible for fundraising and the grant distribution process.

Family of Funds

Following is a listing of funds, many of which have been established by individuals or organizations to support their charitable goals for the community:

  • Lancaster Community Fund Endowment
  • Lancaster Excellence In Education Endowment Fund
  • Merlet Family Community Endowed Fund
  • Morse Family Fund
  • Schacht Family Fund
  • Charles “Sonny” Tiedemann Charitable Endowment
  • Winskill School Scholastic Endowment Fund
  • Roggensack Family Charitable Endowment
  • Randy Dudler Kid’s Courtyard Endowment
  • Gillilan Family Community Fund
  • Josephine Morris & Mary Marm Wilson Memorial Endowment
  • Douglas and LuAnne Pink Family Charitable Fund
  • Making a Difference for Lancaster Youth
  • Josephine Pebworth Legacy Endowment Fund
  • The Klaas Family Fund
  • Supporting Our Youth – The Braeden Bausch Fund

About our Grants

The Lancaster Fund accepts grant applications in the spring and fall from non-profit organizations, the local school district, and/or local government agencies providing charitable programs or projects that better the community. The deadline for spring applicants is May 1st, with grants being awarded in July. While the deadline for fall applicants is November 1st, with grants being awarded in December.

Recent Grant Awards

  • The City of Lancaster- the Lancaster Residents Ash Tree Replacement Program.
  • Family Promise of Grant County, Inc – a new kitchen floor
  • Grant County Historical Society- a new flagpole at the Veterans Memorial in Memorial Park and for the lighting of the Nelson Dewey statue on the Square.
  • Lancaster Community Schools- towards the Lancaster High School Science Department.
  • Lancaster Community Schools- Games Club Board Game Fund and Equipment Expansion
  • Lancaster Community Schools “Fit 4 Life—Safe for Life”
  • Lancaster EMS, Inc. for a new portable ventilator.
  • Saint Clement School-Playground Improvements
  • Southwest Opportunities Center New Flooring Project

Lancaster Excellence in Education 2023 Recipients:

  • Making an Impact: Understanding and assessing Phonological Awareness for Lancaster Community Schools
  • Professional Camera for Live Streaming & Lens for Quality Pictures
Total Fall Grants Awards: $96,587.25 

Apply For A Grant

Annual grant application deadline: May 1 and November 1

Grant Guidelines

Tips and tools for you to use as you prepare your application. Print out this PDF as you prepare your grant for a quick checklist of your progress.

Invest In Your Community

Donations to the Lancaster Community and Excellence In Education Fund are welcome at any time of the year. All gifts are tax deductible. Mail a check to this address, or click the button to donate online.
Lancaster Community Fund
P.O. Box 81
Platteville, WI 53818

Donor Services Representative

Sarah Latimer
Sarah Latimer
Phone: (608) 758-0883

Advisory Board Members

The Fund is advised by a committee of community volunteers who initiate fundraising activities and determine grant awards:

Daniel Glass, Chair
Steve Walker, Vice Chair
Dana Straka, Secretary
Tom Driscoll
Susan Hermsen
Denise Labudda
Lee Rupnow
Kyle Vesperman
Barb Tucker