The Greater Cedarburg Foundation (GCF) awarded $56,000 to 13 area non-profit organizations as part of its annual grant cycle review. Recipients were recognized at the GCF Civic Event, held Thursday, May 11, at the Cedarburg Cultural Center.

“We are proud to support these organizations with funding to advance a variety of social, arts, history and educational programs,” said John Cordio, GCF vice president and grant committee chairman. “These projects will help make a difference in the community.”

Organizations receiving grants include:

  • Balance Inc. for repairs to four adult family homes which help developmentally disabled adults live independently
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ozaukee County to upgrade the criminal and motor vehicle background check process of its volunteers
  • Cedarburg Cultural Center to support the opening of the new Cedarburg History Museum
  • Cedarburg High School Robotics Team for a cargo trailer outfitted to transport heavy tools and robots to competitions
  • Cedarburg Music Festivals for stage lighting during the Summer Sounds concert series
  • Cedarburg Public Library to sponsor two new technology education programs
  • Cope Services Inc. to improve its website and upgrade an existing video
  • Family Enrichment Center of Ozaukee Inc. to upgrade audio visual equipment in its board room that serves more than 10 non-profit organizations
  • Interfaith Caregivers of Ozaukee County for a program to train volunteer drivers for two wheelchair vans
  • Landmark Preservation Society to support the restoration and reuse of a historic building that houses the Cedarburg History Museum
  • Portal Inc to initiate two book clubs for individuals with intellectual and / or developmental disabilities
  • Starting Point of Ozaukee to implement a peer support program
  • Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts Inc to install a storage system in its Preservation Room

The Greater Cedarburg Foundation has assets of nearly $4 million comprised of an endowment and donor advised funds. The foundation’s mission is to preserve the local cultural heritage, enhance artistic endeavors and support educational, social and community-based services in the Greater Cedarburg area.

Since its inception, the Greater Cedarburg Foundation has awarded $1.3 million in pass through grants and endowment grants to deserving projects and nonprofit organizations in the community.

The grant cycle begins each year in October, when applications are available on-line at

2017 Grant Recipients

Representatives of various nonprofit organizations that received more than $56,000 in 2017 grants from the Greater Cedarburg Foundation were acknowledged during the Foundation’s annual Civic Celebration held at the Cedarburg Cultural Center on May 11. They include (back row from left): Dan Kniess of Cedarburg High School Robotics Team, David Nimmer of Cedarburg Public Library, Dr. John Hackett of Balance Inc., Melissa Wraalstad of Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, Shea Halula of Starting Point of Ozaukee, Kathy Meulemans of Interfaith Caregivers of Ozaukee County (front row from left): Renie Rathke of Family Enrichment Center of Ozaukee, Cecile Duhnke of Cope Services, Carol Stuebe of Portal Inc., Stephanie Hayes of Cedarburg Cultural Center and Sue Schrader of Cedarburg Music Festivals. (Photo courtesy of Ozaukee County News Graphic: Mark Justesen, photographer)