La Crosse County Emergency Response Fund activated in response to COVID-19. More details here.

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Local Response to COVID-19 nothing short of miraculous. Opportunities to practice gratitude abound.

One week ago yesterday La Crosse Community Foundation and Great Rivers United Way publicly announced the activation of the La Crosse Area Emergency Response Fund for COVID-19 relief efforts being implemented by area charitable organizations. To [...]
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La Crosse Area Emergency Response Fund – Grants Awarded!

Great Rivers United Way and La Crosse Community Foundation are relieved to announce that help is on the way, as we identify the grant recipients of the La Crosse Area Emergency Response Fund: The Hunger Task Force was awarded $10,439 to help [...]
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June Kjome Justice & Peace Grant Now Accepting Proposals

The June Kjome Justice & Peace Fund at La Crosse Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for 2020 grant awards. Applications must be submitted online and are due April 15, 2020. Decisions will be made and announced in [...]
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La Crosse Community Foundation awarded a $13,780 grant to support Artspire in 2018. Artspire is an all-inclusive and free event that attracts, engages and connects our diverse community through meaningful arts experiences. As the largest arts celebration in downtown La Crosse, Artspire combines visual, performing, literary arts, dance and more in a primarily outdoor setting […]

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Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center

$2,500 | Durtsche Family Fund | Culture & Diversity

This grant will assist in preserving the Engum House, an authentic log home built by one of the earliest families settling in La Crosse County, to ensure continued education for guests of all ages regarding cultural diversity and cultural similarities while telling the story of immigration to this area.


$4,300 | Community Giving Fund | Recreation & Wellness

HorseSense therapy horses provide life-changing therapeutic horseback riding lessons to youth, adults, and Veterans with disabilities in our community. This award will aid in the cost of equipment needed to switch from using smaller square bales of hay to large round bales which will permanently decrease the costs of winter feed for the therapy horses.

UW-Madison for Kiara Updike

$1,000 | Scholarship | Education & Scholarship

The AAUW provides scholarships to many young women each year pursuing continued education at a university or technical school.