How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for a competitive grant award, we are currently accepting proposals via our online grant portal for the following grant programs. Click each grant type for more detailed information.

Standard & Mini Grants

This is our regular, ongoing competitive grant program. Under these grant types we encourage applications for result-oriented projects and programs that address a proven community need or priority aimed at making La Crosse County a better place now and for future generations. Access code needed to apply.

Unrestricted Grants

We offer unrestricted grants to organizations with at least four years of 501(c)3 status whose immediate needs are for general operating support. Access code needed to apply.

2024 Grant Deadlines


La Crosse Community Foundation is revamping its grantmaking process for alignment with our new strategic plan. We’re not throwing it all out, we’re evolving to better meet the needs of our entire community. In order to do so with intention, we’re hosting one grant cycle for the first half of 2024 (January – June). All mini, standard, and unrestricted grant applications are due by 11:59pm on February 15th, 2024. Additional 2024 grant deadlines to be announced later in 2024.***

Interested in applying?

Step 1: Contact us

Before beginning a grant application, you must contact our Impact Director to discuss your request so they can provide you with an access code to the most appropriate grant application form that best suits your needs.

They will:

  • Verify your organization and project’s eligibility to apply
  • Confirm access to the online grant portal
  • Provide an access code for the correct application form

You will need to answer the following questions:

  • What is the estimated total funding request?
  • What is the purpose of your request?
  • What is the projected timeline of your project? (i.e. 1/1/23 – 12/31/23, beginning August 1, 2023, etc.)
  • Who is the impacted audience? What is the service area? (i.e. young adults experiencing substance use disorder in Onalaska and Holmen, children below age 5 in La Crosse County, etc.)

Please contact Lauren Journot at well in advance of a deadline to give yourself plenty of time to work on the application. Lauren’s role is to help applicants submit the best proposal possible, so never hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Step 2: Prepare and submit your proposal online

Grant applications must be submitted through our online grant system. Access to the system is available by clicking the ‘Applicant and Grantee Login’ button below. There is also a link to login on our homepage, located in the upper right-hand corner.

Other helpful information:

Grant Policies and Expectations

Organizations that submit a grant application and/or accept a grant award from any fund at La Crosse Community Foundation agree to the following Terms, Conditions, and Understandings included in the Grant Policies & Expectations pdf included below.

CLICK HERE to review the Grant Policies & Expectations

Review & Evaluation Process

Staff and the grants committee review and score competitive grant requests, and send recommendations to the full board for ultimate approval.

Click here to review the Evaluation Scoring Rubric Tool utilized by staff and committee members for standard grant evaluations.

Frequently Asked Questions


Grant Application Forms

Standard Grant Application Preview (for requests over $7,500)

Mini Grant Application Preview (for requests $7,500 or less)

Unrestricted Grant Application Preview

Click the button below to begin an online application:


*Remember: Once logged in, you will still need an access code from the Grants & Scholarships Manager to start the correct application form.