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Eligibility Guidelines FAQs

Q: Who is eligible to apply?

A:  Any tax-exempt organization is eligible to apply whose proposed project will directly benefit La Crosse County, and that has a non-discrimination policy, and maintains a full executive committee of the board, and has no paid staff serving as voting members of the board or paid board members, and who is not registered as a hate group on the Southern Poverty Law’s list of hate groups.

La Crosse Community Foundation welcomes grant applications from charitable organizations (i.e. 501(c)3 nonprofits, educational, and government organizations) serving La Crosse County residents. Grantseekers not attached to a qualified charitable organization may be able to use a fiscal sponsor*. Grants cannot be paid to individuals.

We only support organizations that do not discriminate in their employment practices, volunteer opportunities, or delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, medical condition, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law. Applicants must attest to operating under an approved Non-Discrimination Policy as a part of the application.

*A fiscal sponsor is another qualified entity that has entered into a relationship with a non-qualified entity to assist with a charitable project. When a fiscal sponsor is utilized, the Foundation recognizes the fiscal sponsor as our grantee, which means it is that organization’s ultimate responsibility to adhere to set grant guidelines and conditions and make sure grants funds are only utilized for the charitable purposes as awarded. 

Q: How often can qualified nonprofits apply? 

A: One request per funding cycle per organization is allowed. If a nonprofit is serving as fiscal sponsor for another group, both are eligible to apply for different projects in the same funding cycle. All nonprofits are eligible to apply for a mini grant ($7,500 or less) each quarter. Standard grants (over $7,500) and unrestricted grants can only be awarded once per twelve month period from each the Community Giving Fund and Robert and Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund.

To explain further, a wildly successful nonprofit could potentially get a maximum of four grants per year that includes two mini grants and two standard or unrestricted grants (one funded through the Community Giving Fund and one from the Franke Fund.) Please note: you will not apply to a specific fund. After grants are submitted, we match the request to the most appropriate fund.

Q: Can a denied request be resubmitted? 

A: Only if our board of directors invited a revised version of the proposal to be resubmitted.