From left, CBK Small Grant Program donors Tom and Ruth Clark (Clark-Barber Family Fund) and Tom Targos (Kubasiewicz Family Trust).

Creativity By Kids Small Grant Program now accepting applications

Kenosha Community Foundation continues its giving ways


Founded in 1926 as a tax-exempt public charity, we are a collection of endowed and donor-advised charitable funds established by individuals, families, organizations, and businesses.

Now through Jan. 17, 2023, the Kenosha Community Foundation (KCF) is accepting applications for 2023 awards from its “Creativity By Kids” (CBK Small Grant) program for projects and initiatives in one or more of the following areas: the arts, culture, nature, and the environment.

All applications must be submitted through an online Google form —

A link to the online form can be found on the KCF website —

Not-for-profit organizations, government agency, and/or educational institution can apply for the 2022-2023 CBK Small Grant program. The award can be used as a contribution to an existing project/initiative or to help start a new initiative.

Creativity by Kids grant program

For the 2023 CBK grant program, KCF wants to support interactive cultural and environmental programs that members of our community can enjoy, especially those that are conducted outdoors. Also, the Foundation hopes that some proposals will focus on programs that offer Kenosha County communities opportunities to get involved with music making or creative writing.

In March 2022, the Foundation awarded six CBK grants totaling $4,500: $4,000 was derived from the income from the Clark-Barber Family Fund and the Kubasiewicz Family Trust endowments, while $500 came from contributions from other donors in the community.

Again this year, KCF invites donors from the community to contribute. Interested donors should contact KCF at One-hundred percent of all community donations received will be distributed as a 2023 CBK grant.

KCF plans to award several grants of either $500 or $1,000 — the total number of grants to be awarded is dependent on what additional donations from the community are received.

More about the CBK Small Grants Program

The CBK Small Grants program was created in 2019 by the donors of two of KCF’s field of interest endowment funds:

  • The Clark-Barber Family Fund established in 2017 by Kenosha residents Tom and Ruth Barber Clark.
  • The Kubasiewicz Family Trust established in 2012 by Salem Lakes resident Tom Targos in honor of his late mother Irene Kubasiewicz Targos.

As defined by the donors, the purpose of the CBK Small Grant program is to provide funds “to groups offering programs in the arts or the understanding of our natural world.” CBK Small Grants will support “cross-cultural and multi-generational programs in both areas, whenever possible.”

Note that “CBK” stands for Creativity By Kids (of all ages) — the letters CBK are also the first initials of each donor’s last name.

Since 2020, the Foundation has awarded $12,500 in CBK Small Grants that have supported 14 programs in the arts, culture, nature, and the environment implemented by Kenosha County not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions.