Funding Priorities

The Foundation encourages competitive grant applications for results-oriented projects and programs that address a proven community need or priority that is aimed at making La Crosse County a better place now and for future generations.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors are primarily interested in funding promising or established programs or projects that are operated by well-managed organizations in our seven program areas: Arts & Humanities, Culture & Diversity, Education, Environment, Health & Human Services, Recreation & Wellness and Community Improvement.  Our Board of Directors prefer requests that align with the following:

  • Seek to meet a new or growing need felt by a broad segment of the community
  • Offer lasting value that can be demonstrated through measurable results
  • Include a realistic sustainability plan for funding post LCF support (if project is ongoing)
  • Promote collaboration among agencies, without duplicating services
  • Includes additional funding partners

Proposals for the following needs are discouraged, and typically fall outside of our competitive granting priorities:

  • Annual event sponsorships
  • Continued funding for previously funded requests
  • Capital campaigns* (we’d prefer to fund programming needs)
  • Deficient funding
  • Endowments (to establish or build)
  • On-going administrative/operating costs of large, well-established organizations
  • Research projects
  • Sectarian or religious purposes
  • Travel for individuals or groups

*Call to speak with the program director about your campaign plans to determine the best plan for seeking funding during your campaign.