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List of Competitive Grants Awarded in 2019

January 31, 2020

Katie Berkedal, Program DirectorBy Katie Berkedal, Program Director

2019 was a phenomenal year for grant-making!

Your La Crosse Community Foundation awarded over $1,000,000 to local nonprofits through our competitive grant program, as overseen by the LCF Board of Directors.

Over 65 grants were awarded, benefiting 56 nonprofits in La Crosse County.

Here is the complete list of grants awarded through our quarterly grant competition:

Winter Grant Round

Organization NameProject NameAmount AwardedFund
Mississippi Valley ConservancyLove the Bluffs: A Campaign for Community Resilience$25,000Community Giving Fund
La Crosse Neighborhoods, Inc.Veterans Memorial Pool Renovation$15,000Community Giving Fund
Riverside International Friendship Gardens, Inc.Cameroon International Friendship Garden$5,000Community Giving Fund
La Crosse Fire DepartmentLa Crosse Fire Department Fire Safety House$10,000Community Giving Fund
La Crosse Public Education FoundationPortable Wireless Microphone System$34,657Community Giving Fund
GROW La CrosseSchool Garden Education Expansion Project$7,500Community Giving Fund and Myrick Hixon EcoPark Fund
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin – BadgerlandCamp Ehawee Outdoor Education Initiative$2,600Community Giving Fund and Roland Beranek Fund
La Crosse Area Family YMCAEnhancing Youth Minds through Sensory Play$3,100Harold “Pete” Isenman Fund
Onalaska Enhancement Foundation, Onalaska SculptureOnalaska Sculpture Project$15,300Harold E. Lemke Fund
Couleecap, Inc.Couleecap South 8th St. Low-Income Apartments$7,500Norman L. Gillette, Sr. Family Fund
HorseSense, IncSafe and Reliable Equipment for HorseSense for Special Riders$5,000Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
Causeway Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, Inc.Peer Caregiver Support Program$7,500Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
La Crosse Community TheatreLa Crosse Community Theatre presents The Penguin Project$15,350Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
Cia Siab, Inc.Breaking Barriers for Hmoob Youth and Elders$35,000Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
FSPA Franciscan Spirituality CenterRetreat for Survivors of Trauma$6,700Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
La Crosse Area Underwater Rescue and Recovery Unit LTD (La Crosse Dive Unit)Building Repair and Renovation$10,000Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund and Barbara and Dave Erickson Fund

Spring Grant Round

Wisconsin Badger CampCampership Program$2,500Alice O. Gordon and Viola Forshler Fund and Community Giving Fund
Onalaska School DistrictWorld Arts through K/Cultural Engagement-Traditional Arts of Storytelling in Asian Cultures$1,875Maureen L. Kinney Fund and Community Giving Fund
Shelter Development InctheExchange$6,500Johns Flaherty & Collins Michael Stoker Memorial Fund and Norman L. Gillette, Sr. Family Fund
The Good Fight Community CenterTransportation for Student Success$7,000National Youth Sports Program Fund and Community  Giving Fund
Rotary Works FoundationRiverside Park Band Shell project$25,000Community Giving Fund
WisCorps, Inc.WisCorps CritterMobile Program$17,380Community Giving Fund
La Crosse Jazz OrchestraJazz in the Park Guest Artist Project$5,000Community Giving Fund
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin – BadgerlandGirl Scouts Outreach Troop$3,000Community Giving Fund
GROW La CrosseEdible Schoolyard Project$8,100Community Giving Fund
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La CrossePowell/Poage/Hamilton/Washburn Neighborhood Programming$10,000Norman L. Gillette, Sr. Family Fund
Marine Credit Union FoundationFinding HOME$5,000Johns Flaherty & Collins Michael Stoker Memorial Fund
Couleecap, Inc.New Hope Permanent Supportive Housing Program$7,500Johns Flaherty & Collins Michael Stoker Memorial Fund
The Children’s Clothes ClosetThe Children’s Clothes Closet$5,000Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of La Crosse“Creating a Healthier Multicultural Community [CHMC]: From Good Will to Good Work”$35,845Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund

Summer Grant Round

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers RegionResilience and Developmental Relationships$10,000Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
GROW La CrosseSay it!  Sharing children’s knowledge of healthy green spaces with the larger community$4,000Community Giving Fund
City of La CrosseCity Vision 2040 Downtown Master Plan$20,000Community Giving Fund
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse2019 Global Initiatives Week$1,300Global Awareness Fund
La Crosse Public Education FoundationFitness for ALL$7,500Mary Grace Sieber Fund
Coulee Council on AddictionsRecovery Activities Coordinator$20,000Norman L. Gillette, Sr. Family Fund
Couleecap, Inc.Skills Enhancement Program$7,500Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La CrosseCoulee Collaborative to End Homelessness (formerly the La Crosse Collaborative) Command Center$70,146Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
Family & Children’s CenterStepping Stones Child Advocacy Center$16,900Margery J. Stansfield Fund & Robert and Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
Best Buddies WI2019 Best Buddies School Friendship Project-UW La Crosse$3,500PMJ Fund and Community Giving Fund
Affinity for DanceDance Performance Company Costumes$3,500Community Giving Fund
Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually ImpairedCity Bus Ads Promoting White Cane Law$1,100Coulee Region White Cane Club Fund
Coulee Council on AddictionsYouth and Community Substance Abuse Education$5,000Dr. Frank Furlano Family Fund and Community Giving Fund
JDRFJDRF Contribution for Diabetes Research$3,900Howard Dahl Fund
Friends of the Refuge – Mississippi River Pools 7 & 8Environmental Education Supplies – ScatCast and Ducks$3,000PMJ Fund

Autumn Grant Round 

Couleecap, Inc.SSO (Supportive Services Only) Coordinated Entry$7,500Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La CrosseCollaborative Housing Support$20,000Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
The Salvation ArmyEmergency Shelter Program$50,000Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
First Teen Clothes ClosetFirst Teen Clothes Closet$7,500Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
The Hunger Task Force of La Crosse, Inc.General Operating$21,800Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund and Rudy and Jean Schnurrer Fund
ChiledaChileda Snoezelen Campaign$10,000Community Giving Fund
HorseSense, IncWinter Support for HorseSense Therapy Horses$4,300Community Giving Fund
Aptiv FoundationMusic and Multimedia Programming for Individuals with Disabilities$5,400Community Giving Fund
AIDS Resource Center of WisconsinReducing HIV Transmission in La Crosse, Wisconsin$7,500Community Giving Fund
Gundersen Medical FoundationAll Access Dental Clinic in La Crosse Area$25,000Community Giving Fund
Gateway Area Council, BSAHamilton Elementary Cub Scouting$6,605Community Giving Fund
Logan Booster ClubLogan High School Marching Band Uniforms$10,000Community Giving Fund
Sports Mentorship AcademyTrauma Sensitive Sports Programming$7,500Community Giving Fund
La Crosse Lions CharitiesVision Screening in Area Schools$7,500Community Giving Fund
La Crosse County Historical SocietyEnduring Families Project-Video Creation$7,500Community Giving Fund
Norskedalen Nature and Heritage CenterPreserving the Engum House$5,336Community Giving Fund
Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC)Nordic Rocks at LaCrosse Area Schools$4,500Community Giving Fund
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La CrosseHolmen Area Boys & Girls Club$200,000Community Giving Fund, Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund, and Norman L. Gillette, Sr. Family Fund
Adult & Teen Challenge of Western WisconsinAdult & Teen Challenge of Western Wisconsin (ATCWW) Program Launch$75,000Community Giving Fund and Special Initiatives Fund
Onalaska School DistrictStudents for Sustainability – Reducing Food Waste at Onalaska High School$17,000Harold E. Lemke Fund
VARC, Inc.Recovery Cafe$70,000Special Initiatives Fund
Seven Rivers Robotics Coalition, Inc.FIRST Robotics Competition for 2019-2020$2,900Louis I. Rehfuss Fund