Past Grant Recipients

2014

Alma Center Community VFW Post 8494 to repair and refurbish their building. Partially Funded by Stanley Held Fund

Alma Center Humbird Merrillan School District: Elementary School Parent Involvement Committee to construct a shelter and provide seating for Elementary School Outdoor Space.

Alma Center Humbird Merrillan School District: Jr. and Sr. High School for 2 simulators for the Baby-Think-It-Over program.

Blair-Taylor School District: Technology Education Department for a General Machinery 13" Helical Head Planer and a Northern Industrial Pan and Box Break.

Blair-Taylor School District: Robotics Club to allow participation in the national Lego Robotics program.

Bolton Refuge House: JC Outreach for upgrading the security cameras and equipment at the transitional housing units.

Boys & Girls Club of JC to update and enhance technology equipment and programming. Direct Disbursement from Peter & Jone Hoffman Fund

BRF School District for miscellaneous requests from Forrest Street Elementary School, Gebhardt Elementary School, BRF Middle School and BRF High School including a Projector, iPads, pedometers, storage system and a bullying project. Funded by the BRF Education Enrichment Fund

BRF School District: High School to install lighting for flag display at the main entrance of the Sr. High School building.

BRF School District: Third Street Elementary School for 5 iPads and accessories for 3rd grade reading intervention students. Partially Funded by the Black River Area Youth Fund

BRF United Methodist Church for general operations. Direct Disbursement from Peter & Jone Hoffman Fund

City of BRF: Foundation Trail for electrical work needed on the trail. Direct Disbursement from Foundation Trail Maintenance Fund

City of BRF: Parks & Recreation Department for playground equipment for handicapped children. Funded by James & Carol Dougherty Family Fund, Mary Van Gorden Charitable Fund and Developmental Disabilities Fund

City of BRF: Public Library History Room for general operations. Direct Disbursement from Mary Van Gorden History Room Fund

City of BRF: Public Library to update library furnishings. Funded by Mary Van Gorden Charitable Fund and Erwin & Thelma Homstad Memorial Fund

City of BRF: Rotary Skate Park for general maintenance. Direct Disbursement from Rotary Skate Park Maintenance Fund

Falls Players for period costumes, accessories and props.

Friends of the Black River for 3 phosphorus test kits and 2 chest waders. Funded by Jackson County Bank Donor Advised Fund

Friends Sharing Food for shelving and tables. Partially Funded by Hoffman Construction Donor Advised Fund

Gateway Council: Boy Scouts for Camp Decorah. Direct Disbursement from Peter & Jone Hoffman Fund

Gateway Boy Scouts grant
Each year Peter & Joan Hoffman's Fund provides a grant
to Gateway Council-Boy Scouts for Camp Decorah.

Hazelden Foundation for admission payments for those in financial need. Direct Disbursement from Peter & Jone Hoffman Fund

Hatfield Fire Department to upgrade their pagers.

Hixton Fire & Rescue to replace obsolete helmets.

JC 4H: Summer of Science to support this summer educational program. Funded by Katherine Wold Memorial Fund

JC Community Services: Treatment Court toward portable breath alcohol detection devices.

JC Fair Park Renovation Project the final Installment of $120,000 pledge.

JC Humane Society for pet food and kitty litter. Funded by Kay & Tim Finch Family Fund

JC Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers for a multi-function color printer/copier. Funded by Rotary Donor Advised Fund

JC School Districts - (ACHM, BRF, BT, MM) for materials to enhance reading for elementary students. Direct Disbursement from Grace Webb Memorial Fund

JC Sheriff's Department: Emergency Response Team for a EX-IO kit for rapid fluid resuscitation of injured people.

JC Sheriff's Department for 7 trauma first aid kits.

JC Soccer League the next to last installment on $25,000 pledge.

Soccer Players
Jackson County Soccer League received a 5-year pledge for the new soccer field.

Melrose-Mindoro Area School District: Band for percussion equipment.

Melrose-Mindoro Area School District: Middle School Music for jr. guitar(s) and piano keyboard(s)

Project Christmas for their annual Christmas delivery of food and gifts to JC residents in need.

Skyline Golf Course to fix air vents and the ceiling in the clubhouse and for a Toro approach and tee mower. Partially Funded by Gil & Alice Homstad Fund and Incubator Economic Development Fund

Together for Jackson County Kids: AACTION Sobering Facts Campaign for materials for a campaign to promote the importance of abstaining from excessive alcohol use. Funded by Peter & Jone Hoffman Fund

Together for Jackson County Kids: Strengthening Families Program for meals, travel and advertising for the program. Funded by Peter & Jone Hoffman Fund

2013

Alma Center-Humbird-Merrillan School District to purchase an Matrix E3x Elliptical for the new fitness center. Partially funded by the Stanley Held Fund

Blair-Taylor High School – Tech Ed Department for materials for a new Power Mechanics Course

Bolton Refuge House to purchase a small outdoor storage shed.Funded by Western Technical College Students

Boys & Girls Club of Jackson County to purchase a new furnace and for general operations. Funded by the Peter & Jone Hoffman Fund.

BR Area Child Care Services toward start-up costs for a one year old class room.


2013 BRACC
Black River Area Child Care Center received a grant to 
fund a One-Year-Old-Room

BRF Fire Department to purchase 8 Automatic External Defibrillators Partially Funded by the Dean Nortman Memorial Scholarship Fund

BRF Foundation Walking Trail to repair seven lights along trail Funded by the Foundation Trail Maintenance Fund

BRF Rotary Club Skatepark for general maintenance. Funded by the Rotary Skatepark Fund

BRF School District – Elementary Music to purchase Orff Instruments

2013 Orff Instrumentss
BRF Elementary Music Department received a grant for Orff Instruments

Children’s Service Society to purchase additional resources for the Supervised Visitation and Parent Aide Programs

BRF Public Library History Room for general operations. Funded by the Mary VanGorden Endowment Fund

BRF Public Library Children’s Area for improvements to the Children and Teen Areas
Partially Funded by the BRF Area Youth Fund

BRF United Methodist Church for general operations. Funded by the Peter & Jone Hoffman Fund

Friends of the Black River to purchase a set of safety equipment to complete a 4 man team set-up. Funded by the Gil & Alice Homstad Fund

Friends Sharing Food to improve their storage facilities. Funded by the Erwin & Thelma Homstad Fund and Gil & Alice and Jon & Maureen Homstad

Gateway Council: Boy Scouts for general operations. Funded by the Peter & Jone Hoffman Fund

Hazelden Foundation for general operations. Funded by the Peter & Jone Hoffman Fund

Jackson County 4H Summer of Science Program for a series of activities that encourage youth interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

JC Community Service Programs: Adult, Youth and Teen Court for the materials to develop a “Rub Out Graffiti” program. Funded by the Gil & Alice Homstad Fund

JC Service Programs: Treatment Court to supplement transportation funding for driving participants to work. Funded by the Jackson County Bank Donor Advised Fund.

JC Community Tennis Association toward lighting of a tennis court at the BRF High School.

JC Fair Park Renovation
Toward the renovation pledge (sixth installment of seven)

JC Historical Society for the painting of windows and trim on the Carnegie Museum. Funded by Gil & Alice Homstad Fund

JC Humane Society toward the construction of a new animal shelter. Partially funded by the Finch Family Fund and the Gil & Alice Homstad Fund

JC Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers for the purchase of Chamber Bucks to provide to volunteer drivers to help with their transportation expenses. Funded by Western Technical College Students

JC Little League toward new lights at Marks Field

JC Sheriff’s Department to purchase 4 automated External Defibrillators

JC Soccer League toward the Multi-Field Soccer Complex (3rd installment of a $25,000 pledge)

JC School Districts – (ACHM, BRF, Blair-Taylor, Mel-Min) to purchase materials to enhance reading for elementary students. Funded by the Grace Webb Memorial Fund

JC Transition Council to provide an educational event for Jackson County High School students with disabilities re the transition from HS to the community. Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Fund

Learn and Play Daycare to replace worn out items in classrooms.

Melrose-Mindoro Area School District to purchase a computer numerical controlled router and supplies

Riverfront, Inc. to purchase equipment for use by BRF work center and day services program participants. Funded by the Incubator Economic Development Fund

Western Dairyland EOC to purchase supplies to maintain the homeless shelter and for a laptop computer to help homeless families get jobs. Funded by the Rotary Club Donor Advised Fund and the Gil & Alice Homstad Fund

2012

Alma Center First Responders to purchase medical kits equipped with medical supplies and oxygen tanks. Funded by the Stanley Held Fund

Bolton Refuge House  to help with winter utility costs. Gil and Alice Homstad Fund

Boys & Girls Club of Jackson County to finish the teen room with carpet. Funded by the Peter and Jone Hoffman Fund

Boys & Girls Club of Jackson County for general operations. Peter and Jone Hoffman Fund

BR Area Child Care Services to replace a refrigerator.

BRF Area Chamber of Commerce to purchase a Seiko S149 Stopwatch/Printer & Accessories to be used at the finish line fo the annual Karner blue 5K-1-K-Half Marathon.

BRF Figure Skating Club  to update jumping equipment used by higher level skaters.

BRF Fire Department to purchase training equipment and supplies for a session on confined space. Funded by the Dean Nortman Memorial Scholarship Fund

BRF Public Library for general operations. Funded by the Mary VanGorden Endowment Fund

BRF Rotary Club Skate Park for general maintenance. Funded by the Rotary Skate Park Fund

BRF School District – High School – Channel 97 News to purchase equipment used for filming the Channel 97 news.

BRF School District – High School to purchase Mathematical Software. Funded in part by the Finch Family Fund.

BRF School District – Special Education Forrest Street, Early Childhood Program to purchase an iPad and case to enhance communication, teach genitive and academic skills. Funded by the Developmentally. Disabled Fund.

BRF School District – Gebhardt Elementary School – Special Education to purchase “Dragon Naturally Speaking” software. Funded by the M.C. Schmallenburg Memorial Fund

BRF School District – Middle School to purchase equipment for the Archery Program. Funded by the BRF Educational Enrichment Fund

BRF School District – Third Street School to purchase 4 iPads and accessories. Funded by the BRF Educational Enrichment Fund

BRF School District – High School to purchase 2 digital video cameras and accessories. Funded by the BRF Educational Enrichment Fund

BRF United Methodist Church for general operations. Peter and Jone Hoffman Fund

Friends of the Black River toward the purchase of a snowmobile to be owned by the City for grooming Skyline ski trails. Funded in part by the Gil and Alice Homstad Fund

Friends Sharing Food for equipment purchases. Funded by the Jackson County Bank Fund

Gateway Council: Boy Scouts for general operations. Peter and Jone Hoffman Fund

Hazelden Foundation for general operations. Peter and Jone Hoffman Fund

Jackson County Area Schools for materials to enhance the enjoyment of reading by elementary scool students at the ACHM, BRF, Mel-Min and Blair-Taylor elementary schools. Funded by the Grace Webb Memorial Library Fund

Jackson County Fair Park toward the renovation pledge (5th installment of a $120,000 pledge)

Jackson County 4H Summer of Science Program for a series of activities that encourage youth interest in science, technology engineering and math. Funded by the Black River Area Youth Fund

Jackson County Historical Society for exterior painting at the Gallery Musuem. Funded by the Erwin and Thelma Homstad Fund

Jackson County Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers to create additional public awareness about Interfaith

Jackson County Little League toward new lights at Marks Field. Funded in part by the Gil and Alice Homstad Fund

Jackson County Soccer League toward the Multi-Field Soccer Complex (2nd installment of a $25,000 pledge)

Jackson County Transition Advisory Council – Blair Taylor High School to support an educational event to help students with disabilities transition from high school to the community.

Jackson County Treatment Court to purchase a virtual welding station for the Welding Skills Training Institute. Funded by the Jackson County Incubator Fund

Learn and Play Day Care and PreSchool to purchase items needed in class rooms. Funded by the Dougherty Family Fund.

Melrose-Mindoro Area Schools Library to purchase a Smart Board for the Library.

Melrose-Mindoro Area Schools- Middle School Music to purchase guitar capos for 20 6th grade guitar students.

Miss Black River Falls for float repairs and updates.

Partners of Black River Memorial Hospital for supplies for the Partners Red Cross Blood drives.

Skyline Golf Course to purchase a new Top Dresser for the Greens Funded by the Carroll Zillmer Memorial Fund

Together for Jackson County Kids for expenses involved with the Strengthening Families Program for youth ages 3-10 and their families. Funded in part by the Black River Area Youth Fund