General Fund

Funding Guidelines

The General Fund is designed to serve community needs through a perpetual fund. The most flexible of La Crosse Community Foundation funds, it can respond quickly to changing community needs. The Foundation encourages outcome based projects and programs that work on a community need or priority or that make the community a better place now and for future generations.

The La Crosse Community Foundation welcomes grant requests from non-profit, educational and government organizations serving La Crosse area residents. Grant recipient organizations are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Grants are not paid to individuals other than scholarships. Grants are made to programs that contribute, in a significant way, to the overall welfare of the people of the greater La Crosse area. 
The La Crosse Community Foundation only supports organizations that do not discriminate in their employment practices, volunteer opportunities, or delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, medical condition, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law. This policy may not apply to donor advised, designated funds, field of interest, or supporting organization funds.

The La Crosse Community Foundation gives priority to projects that:
  • Seek to meet a new or growing need felt by a broad segment of the community. 
  • Encourage additional funding or matching gifts from other donors. 
  • Provide realistic plans for follow-on funds from other sources. 
  • Promote cooperation among agencies, without duplicating services. 
  • Encourage self-help activities on the part of the population served by the program. 
  • Enhance or improve agency self-sufficiency or efficiency. 
  • Yield substantial benefits to the community for the resources invested.
Except in the case of donor advised or designated funds, the Foundation does not award grants to:
  • support ongoing operating expenses of well-established organizations; or support deficit funding; 
  • fund needs that should more properly be funded in an operating budget of an organization; 
  • fund indirect, administrative, or overhead costs;
  • establish an endowment or build existing endowment funds; 
  • sectarian or religious purposes; 
  • travel for individuals or groups.

How to Apply

Grant applications for the General Fund are submitted through an online grants management software called Foundant. Organizations interested in applying for a grant must create a profile and determine authorized users. The link below will take you to the log-in page for Foundant, and includes directions for first-time or returning users. 

Apply for a Grant

Click to download Grant Budget Worksheet

Please contact Program Director, Jamie Schloegel, to discuss the project or program before you apply and to receive the access code for the correct application. Grant applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. Application deadlines remain the same year to year: January 15, April 15, July 15 and October 15. Applicants are notified of funding decisions typically five weeks after submitting a request. 

Organizations may apply for a General Fund grant valued more than $5,000 up to two times in any rolling 12 month period; with the option for a second application only if the first request was denied. The second application must also be for a different project. Mini-grant applications for projects valued $5,000 or below can be submitted quarterly. See the Mini-Grants page for more information.

Grantee Expectations 

Agencies that receive grants agree to:
  • Use funds only for the purposes as described in the grant application; prior authorization is required to use grant funds for another purpose.
  • Will notify the Foundation of any change in legal or tax status, changes in staff related to grant purposes, ability to expend grant for intended purpose, and expenditure from grant for any purpose other than what the application indicates.
  • Maintain books and records to demonstrate grant funds were used for the purpose for which the grant is made, and to maintain records of expenditures for the grant. The Foundation will have reasonable access to these files for the purpose of financial audits, verifications, and investigations it deems necessary concerning the grant. These files will be maintained for at least four years after the completion of the grant.
  • NOT expend any grant funds for political or lobbying activity.
  • To return an unexpected funds or unused portion of the grant to the Foundation.
  • To allow the Foundation to review and approve the content of any proposed publicity concerning this grant prior to its release and to recognize the Foundation in all publicity materials related to the funded project or program.
  • To allow the Foundation to include information about this grant in the Foundation's publicity; this may include the amount and purpose of the grant, photo or videos of the project, the agency's logo or trademark, and other information about the organization and its activities.
  • To complete the report summarizing the project promptly following the end of the grant period. This report will be attached to the grant application on the Foundant Grant Management System when the grant is awarded.
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