Kohler Foundation’s grant program helps support new initiatives in education and the arts in Sheboygan County.
Our spring grant cycle is now open with applications due by midnight on March 15.
Twice a year the foundation accepts online applications from non-profit and public organizations throughout Sheboygan County. We believe the power of small investments, thoughtfully made, create lasting impact.
- Grants of up to $5,000 are available with preference given to new projects and programs.
- Eligible grant applicants must be classified as tax-exempt public charities (Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) or public institutions such as schools or governmental entities.
- Geographic preference is Sheboygan County, Wisconsin followed by small towns in Wisconsin. We rarely, if ever, award grants outside the state of Wisconsin.
If your organization wishes to submit an application, we ask that you follow our submission guidelines. Please be sure to read our Purpose Statement and Priorities below, prior to filling out the application.
- Online applications are available mid winter for the spring grant cycle and will be available in mid summer for the fall grant cycle.
- The deadline to submit for the spring cycle is March 15, and the deadline for the fall grant cycle is September 15.
- Please fill out the entire online application and NOTE that the form must be completed in one session, it will time out in 24 hours.
- 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.
KFI Grant Committee Purpose Statement and Priorities
Kohler Foundation, Inc. (KFI) 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 (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. We cannot respond to standardized fundraising appeals.