Lancaster Community Fund

Lancaster Community Fund

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
  • Merlet Family Endowment
  • Morse Family Endowment
  • Schacht Family Endowment
  • Charles “Sonny” Tiedemann Charitable Endowment
  • Winskill School Scholastic Endowment
  • Roggensack Family 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

About our Grants

The Lancaster Fund accepts grant applications in the spring from non-profit organizations, the local school district, and/or local government agencies providing charitable programs or projects that better the community. Awards are made in July at the annual Night on the Square event.

Recent Grant Awards

  • City of Lancaster – 1994 Bath House Improvements – $89,000.00
  • City of Lancaster – Fishing Pier Refurbishing – $11,235
  • City of Lancaster – Handicapped Accessibility Project – Memorial Trail to City Ball Diamond – $3,162
  • City of Lancaster – Night on the Square – $400
  • City of Lancaster – Summer Recreation Baseball and Softball Equipment – $7,038
  • Grant County Historical Society – Signs for the Times – $4,300
  • Lancaster Community Schools – “Fit 4 Life—Safe for Life” – $945
  • Lancaster Community Schools – Lancaster HS Tech Ed Equipment – $13,000
  • Lancaster Community Schools – Pubic Sitting Chairs – $5,235.92
  • Lancaster Public Library Foundation – Schreiner Memorial Library’s Ryland Park Upgrade – $49,991
  • Maple Street Kids Daycare Center, Inc. – Storage Shed – $4,325
  • Southwest Opportunities Center, Inc. – Environment Modifications to Improve the Safety & Wellbeing of
    Adults with Disabilities – $790
  • Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Foundation – Charger Dream Fund – $1,000 (Lancaster Students)

Spring 2020 TOTAL: $190,421.92

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 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

Dave Murphy
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:

Joe Krantz, Chair
Kyle Vesperman, Vice Chair
Megan Slane, Secretary
Daniel Glass
Susan Hermsen
Amara Hoffman
Sam Jonas
LuAnne Pink
Dana Straka