More than $79,000 in grants awarded to community programs - March 6 2012

OSHKOSH, WI - The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation awarded nine grants totaling more than $79,000 that benefit disabled residents, children, the poor, elderly and battered women.

Community Impact Grants were awarded for the second quarter (Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2011) of the 2012 fiscal year as part of the Community Foundation's regular granting cycle. Local nonprofits requested more than $105,000 in grant funding.

The following programs received grants:

Community Impact Grants, Quarter 2 (Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2011)

    Winnebago County Literacy Council: $10,000
    Support for the Adult One on One Tutoring program, which provides literacy services for adults in Winnebago County through the use of trained volunteer tutors.

    Reach Counseling Services: $10,000
    Support for the Winnebago County Sexual Abuse Prevention Education and Community Awareness Program, which provides sexual abuse prevention education for thousands of students and adults in Winnebago County.

    Back on Track Mentoring: $5,000
    Support for the Back on Track Mentoring Program, which pairs UW Oshkosh students with high school freshman who have scored below proficient on their eighth grade WKCE tests with the goal of improving their scores on the 10th grade WKCE test.

    Best Friends of Neenah/Menasha: $7,500
    Support for the Site-Based Mentoring program, which provides about 300 students with a mentor to be a trusted friend, someone to help identify barriers and someone to expose children to new opportunities. This grant will fund staff time to administer the growing program and school bus transportation for the students.

    Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh: $10,000
    Support for the Teens on Track program, which provides activities for an average of 60 teens daily and 150 teens on Thursday and Friday evenings during the school year. Participants are offered the opportunity to develop relationships with non-parent mentors who may help the teens find direction in their lives and a broader learning experience through field trips to sites throughout the community.

    Clarity Care Inc.: $25,000
    Support for the Help At Home program, a cost-sharing program that offers home care services for the elderly and people with disabilities who need assistance with transportation, shopping and errands, household chores, meal preparation, bathing, dressing and much more.

    Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh: $5,500
    Support for safety and rehabilitation resources for Simeanna Apartment residents, including converting bath tubs to allow for walk-in access, adding grab bars or other bathroom safety devices, purchasing several short-term use wheelchairs and exercise equipment.

    Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services; $4,160
    Support for Crisis Advocacy Services, which includes immediate services for walk-in clients who may need immediate shelter, arrest and release reports, restraining orders and initial safety planning, as well as for assisting friends and family members seeking help for a loved one.

    City of Princeton: $2,000
    Support for the city's Ash Tree Replacement Program, which seeks to prevent further and future damage by destructive insects, including the Emerald Ash Borer.

Community Impact Grants are awarded quarterly to local nonprofits and programs that help strengthen our communities or address emerging needs.

Second quarter grants were funded with support from several Field of Interest Funds of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, including: the Guenther-Motz Trust Fund, Carl Matz Fund, Erna O. Payton Fund, Lucille and Edward Plashko Fund.

Only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive Community Foundation grants. Individuals in need of services should call United Way 2-1-1 for information and referral.

For more information, contact Program Director Cheryl Fowler at 920-426-3993 or by

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization created by and for the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive. For more information, please call 920-426-3993.


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