Kohler Foundation’s grant program primarily supports educational and arts initiatives.
- 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. We rarely, if ever, make grants outside the state of Wisconsin.
Many of our resources are directed to numerous ongoing programs which were initiated several years ago by Kohler Foundation and which we continue to maintain. Our grants, therefore, usually do not exceed $5,000. While our grants may be considered small, we believe in the power of small investments, thoughtfully made, to create lasting impact.
Annual Deadlines for proposals are March 15 and September 15. If your organization wishes to submit a proposal, we ask that you follow our submission guidelines below. We endeavor to make the grant request process simple and flexible for eligible charitable organizations. First time applicants (or those who have not applied for some time) are strongly encouraged to visit with Program Director Carolynn Lee, to discuss whether your request fits Kohler Foundation guidelines. Be sure to read our Purpose Statement and Priorities below, prior to submitting a request.
1. We prefer applications to be submitted via email, in order to save postage and paper. Email submissions to Program Director Carolynn Lee.
2. Fill out the entire Grant Questionnaire, in order, starting with Name of Organization, and include a detailed project budget.
3. 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.
Click here for the Grant Questionnaire. Contact our office if you have any difficulty with the document: 920-458-1972
KFI Grant Committee Purpose Statement and Priorities
Kohler Foundation, Inc. supports arts and education initiatives as its overall mission. Our Grant Committee is tasked with wisely distributing grants on an annual basis for charitable, tax-exempt purposes related to the arts and education. The grant committee operates with a set of priorities that guides its funding:
- Our 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 we also support 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.
- KFI does not fund grant requests that are solely for general operating support. 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. We cannot respond to standardized fundraising appeals.