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Waukesha Community Fund begins dispersing money, taking applications

Victims of the Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy have already received money from the United for Waukesha Community Fund, and now others eligible to receive a portion of that money can begin applying for it.

The Waukesha County Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County announced Friday that the application process to receive funds by those affected by the tragedy is underway. As of Saturday, about 14,000 donors from 17 countries have contributed nearly $5 million to the fund.

“We continue to be so grateful to our generous community,” said Shelli Marquardt, president of the Waukesha County Community Foundation.

“Our plan is to begin issuing the next round of payments as quickly as possible,” said Amy Lindner, President & CEO of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. “We will continue issuing payments on a rolling basis for anyone who needs more time to submit their applications.”

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The funds will be apportioned according to the “severity of the injury to the victims,” according to the fund organizers. Families who lost a loved one and victims who have received in-patient care are among the immediate priorities for organizers. 

Here’s how to apply

There are three unique application forms for the funds:

  • The first is for families who lost a loved one.
  • The second is a “universal form for those who sustained physical injury, for those who were physically present at the Waukesha Christmas Parade, or an individual that was a first responder or other medical professional treating victims.”
  • The third is for area nonprofits that were serving the affected community. 

Lindner said the committee will generally decide the formula for the funds based on the length of hospitalizations and total medical bill costs for victims. 




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