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How to Apply for Funding

We accept competitive grant applications to our various funds advised by our Board of Directors (including the new Franke Fund). Applications must be submitted through our online grant portal system. Access to the system is available by clicking the ‘Applicant and Grantee Login’ button below. There is also a link to login to the system in the upper right-hand corner of our website homepage.

La Crosse Community Foundation has two primary application forms: Mini Grant Request Form for requests $7,500 or less, and the Standard Grant Request Form for requests over $7,500. LCF staff will determine which fund(s) is the most appropriate for each request. Applicants do not apply to a specific fund through the mini or standard grant form.

Please note: Requests to our Mary Grace Sieber Fund, June Kjome Justice and Peace Fund, and Global Awareness Fund are by invitation only.

Before beginning an application, you must contact our program director Katie Berkedal to discuss your request. She will qualify your organization as eligible to apply, determine if your request aligns with our granting priorities, confirm access to the online portal, and provide an access code for the correct application form. Please contact Katie well in advance of a deadline to give yourself plenty of time to work on the application. The program director’s role is to help applicants submit the best proposal possible, so never hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Program Director Contact Information: 

Katie Berkedal | katie@laxcommfoundation.com | (608) 782-3223 ext. 23

Click here to schedule a meeting with Katie

Upcoming Grant Application Deadlines

Grant applications can be submitted anytime. The Grants Committee evaluates and awards requests quarterly utilizing the following deadlines:

  • January 15 for decisions in February
  • April 15 for decisions in May
  • July 15 for decisions in August
  • October 15 for decisions in November

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 grant evaluations.

Grant Application Forms

You may preview the application forms here:

StandardGrantQuestionList (for requests over $7,500)

MiniGrantQuestionList (for requests $7,500 or less)

Click the button below to begin an online application:

Applicant & Grantee Login

*Remember: Once logged in, you will still need an access code from the Program Director to start the correct application form