Kohler Foundation (KFI) Grants

Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits, Schools, and
Agencies for Arts and Education Initiatives

GrantWatch ID#: 130883
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Kohler Foundation (KFI)


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies for arts and educational activities. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program staff prior to applying. Priority will be given to initiatives in Sheboygan County, with secondary priority given to small towns throughout the state.

The Foundation’s main interest is in arts and education programs in the Sheboygan County region, run by organizations both known and new to KFI which have ethical and sound management practices and plans for sustainability of the programs beyond KFI’s support.

From time to time the Foundation also supports arts and education programs in other small communities around the state of Wisconsin, particularly those which have already been the recipients of KFI investment through its other program areas (e.g. Art Preservation), and very small towns or rural areas where there is little other philanthropic capital available.

Within the fields of arts and education, a few particular types of programs are of special interest KFI’s grant committee, including: STEAM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics); Increasing access to the arts (e.g. transportation, visiting artists/distance learning, rural outreach, technology); Programs which have a specific plan to create an impact of greater proportion than a small grant might initially reflect.

Requests for technology and equipment may receive funding occasionally, but not on an ongoing basis.

KFI receives many more requests than it can support; successful requests often feature the following strengths: forethought about program planning, realistic goals for program impact, and a compelling case for the necessity of the program.

Grants usually do not exceed $5,000.

Eligible grant applicants must be classified as tax-exempt public charities (Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3)) or public institutions (i.e. schools, governmental entities).

Geographic preference is Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, followed by small towns in Wisconsin. The Foundation rarely, if ever, makes grants outside the State of Wisconsin.

KFI does not fund grant requests that are solely for general operating support (e.g. salaries, overhead). KFI also does not generally make grants to projects outside of Wisconsin or in metro areas outside Sheboygan County. Finally, Kohler Foundation grants are not awarded for fundraising drives, capital campaigns or building projects, or event sponsorships. The Foundation cannot respond to standardized fundraising appeals.

The deadline to submit applications is March 15 for spring requests and September 15 for fall requests.

First-time applicants (or those who have not applied for some time) are strongly encouraged to visit with Executive Director Terri Yoho, to discuss whether your request fits Kohler Foundation guidelines.

K-12 Schools are also required to include a cover letter from the Principal of the School, explaining how the request fits into the school's overall strategic goals and priorities.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email submissions to:

Terri Yoho, Executive Director

Kohler Foundation, Inc.
725 X Woodlake Road
Kohler, WI 53044

P: (920) 458-1972
F: (920) 458-4280

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USA: Wisconsin: Sheboygan County, with secondary priority given to small towns

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