The KCF provides two types of component fund grants: Unrestricted and Field of Interest.

For each Field of Interest Fund, the Foundation, with the aid of committees of community volunteers, operates a thoughtful, responsive, and community-based grant-making program that annually awards grant funds to local non-profit organizations. Though the purposes of the Field of Interest Funds are focused, they remain flexible enough to meet community needs in the interest area—even as they change over time.

All Field of Interest funds accept donations from the public. For the full list of funds, please scroll down.

Creativity by Kids (CBK) Small Grants
2024 CBK Grant Recipients

From the The Clark-Barber Family Fund and The Kubasiewicz Family Trust, 5 grants have been awarded to support arts or the understanding of our natural world while emphasizing cross-cultural and multi-generational programs, whenever possible:

Unrestricted Grants


2024 Unrestricted Grants applications are now closed. 

Kenosha Community Foundation Unrestricted Grants derive from an investment pool reserved for unrestricted grantmaking, that is—grantmaking that does not conform to historical, donor-designated agreements. These select group of legacy donors had the foresight to direct their financial gifts toward unrestricted endowment funds so that KCF has this perpetual source of funds for competitive grant cycles that are responsive to the needs of a dynamic, everchanging community context.

Successful proposals from past recipients of the unrestricted grants have ranged from responsive educational, arts and nature-based programming, to “bricks and mortar” building repairs.  KCF encourages those with diverse organizational and operational needs to apply.

KCF stands honored to host the following component funds that provide for 2024 Unrestricted Grants:

  • A. Allan and Isabel M. Jankus Unrestricted Endowment Fund
  • Advantage Bank / Charles Vignieri Fund
  • Edna Mae Orvis and C. Wesley Orvis Fund
  • Elaine K. and Dr. Steven A. Azuma Fund
  • Enroth Family Fund
  • Fred and Jessie Hopf Fund
  • Kenosha News Charitable Fund
  • M&I/Ben-Ami Chemerow Fund
  • Mary Frost Ashley Fund
  • Ralph L. and Frances A. Jaeschke Fund
  • The Kathleen Stuemke Legacy Fund
Field of Interest Grants

2024 KCF Field of Interest grant recipients

From the LaFave Family Fund, 8 grants were made to organizations for programs that further education – particularly to promoting the humanities, the arts, tolerance, and communication:

From the Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) Legacy Fund, 6 grants targeting programs and activities designed to improve the general welfare and enhance the quality of life for youth in the Kenosha community:

From the Foundation’s Women’s Fund, 4 grants to programs supports programs and organizations that create opportunities for women and children.

  • Offering girls opportunities to embark on a transformative journey through the world of gymnastics in “Flipping into Fun: A New Gymnastics Adventure.” Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha.
  • Providing special education and therapeutic coaching for caregivers of infants and toddlers with special needs. Kenosha Achievement Center.
  • Contributing toward a dedicated space for student-athletes of UW-Parkside’s new women’s golf team. UW-Parkside Foundation.
  • Expanding health and community knowledge to English language learners while increasing their conversation skills through “Women in Focus.” Kenosha Literacy Council.

From the Foundation’s Kenosha Arts Fund, 4 grants were made to:

  • Covering material costs for art programs provided to individuals with developmental disabilities. Kenosha Achievement Center.
  • Supporting the “Youth Media Club” at Washington Middle School. Kenosha Community Media.
  • Purchasing supplies to support community clay classes and enable students to work with multiple materials and techniques. Lemon Street Gallery.
  • Sponsoring the “Beach Front Arts Fest” that unites artists, musicians, and thousands of attendees to celebrate creativity and boost the local economy. Love Your Community.

The Foundation manages several Field of Interest Funds – each fund was established by the Foundation’s Board of Directors for a particular philanthropic interest as specified by its creators and donors.

With a portion of their annual investment income, the Foundation awards grants from several Field of Interest Funds to non-profit organizations within their defined area of interest:

  • The Kenosha Arts Fund supports projects that enhance Kenosha’s culture, economy, and quality of life and impact the arts and community at large.
  • The OMC Legacy Fund supports programs and activities designed to improve the general welfare and enhance the quality of life for youth in the Kenosha community.
  • The LaFave Family Fund supports programs that further education – particularly by promoting the humanities, the arts, tolerance, and communication.
  • The Women’s Fund supports programs and organizations that create opportunities for women and children.
  • The following two Field of Interest endowment funds support the CBK Small Grant program : The Clark-Barber Family Fund and The Kubasiewicz Family Trust.
  • Other Field of Interest Funds at the Foundation, including the Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone Fund and the Grace Kolakowski Fund, have not established competitive grant-making programs.