Autumn Grant Award Announcement

November 21, 2022

Jamie Schloegel, Chief Executive OfficerBy Jamie Schloegel, Chief Executive Officer

We broke a 2022 record!

We recently closed our fourth competitive grant program of the year, and awarded more than any other quarterly round of 2022! Approximately $470,000 was awarded benefitting 24 local charitable organizations. Over 20 different funds were used to fulfill requests including support from several donor advised funds.

If your organization would like to apply for a grant, the next deadline is January 15. Click here for more!

Check out the full list of grantees!

Organization NamePurpose of Grant Amount Awarded Fund
School District of La Crosse Inclusive playground equipment at State Road Elementary$11,574Mary Grace Sieber Fund
Onalaska School DistrictHo-Chunk Community Event$5,000Harold Lemke Fund and Global Awareness Fund
Seven Rivers Robotics CoalitionFIRST Robotics Competition 2022-23$3,400Louis Rehfuss Fund and Roland Beranek Fund
Onalaska School DistrictCommunity engagement opportunities for ONAbility program and character development seminars for all students$3,300Harold Lemke Fund
La Crosse Lions Charities, Inc.Vision screening equipment for area schools $1,300Coulee Region White Cane Club Fund
AVCAP CorporationSTEM Classroom Expansion Project$2,000Louis Rehfuss Fund and Community Giving Fund
For Independent Hmong FarmersAiding La Crosse Hmong farmers$6,500Community Giving Fund
Da Capo Musical ReunionSeat Da Capo Band$3,500Community Giving Fund
Coulee Region Meow MissionEquipment for trap-neuter-spay-release program$3,000Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
First Lutheran ChurchFirst Teen Clothes Closet$7,500Durtsche Family Fund (donor advised) and Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
La Crosse Public LibraryNonprofit Incubator Project $7,500Community Giving Fund
Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable FundLa Crosse County Public Safety Mental Health Initiative $7,200PMJ Fund and Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge (BLACK)Martin Luther King Jr Community Event $4,000Black Empowerment Fund and Community Giving Fund
Holmen Area School DistrictAdaptive Toys and Communication Devices$2,000Margery J. Stansfield Fund
Junior Achievement of WisconsinJA Company Pop-Up at West Salem and Holmen Boys and Girls Clubs$7,340Margery J. Stansfield Fund
St Clare Health MissionEquity in Diabetic Care$60,000Chery & Cindy Vieth Fund (donor advised), Richard T. Record Fund (donor advised), Margery J. Stansfield Fund, Norman L. Gillette, Sr. Family Fund, and Community Giving Fund
Vivent HealthVivent Health Prevention Programs in La Crosse County$20,000Dr. Frank Furlano Family Fund and Community Giving Fund
Workforce Connections, Inc.Transportation Assistance Program$25,000Community Giving Fund
Next Chapter of La CrosseReentry Pathway and Navigation Expansion$50,000Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
Couleecap, Inc.Family Winter Sheltering Project$25,000Rudy & Jean Schnurrer Fund, Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund, Special Initiative Fund
WAFER, Inc.WAFER Food Pantry, Building Capacity, Hope, and Dignity$50,000An Anonymous Fund, Chery & Cindy Vieth Fund (donor advised), Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund, Community Giving Fund
Gundersen Medical FoundationAll Access Dental and Behavioral Health Clinic - Phase 2 for Scenic Bluffs$25,000R.J. Reinhart Fund for Mental Health and Community Giving Fund
La Crosse Family YMCAY on the Fly Program$40,000Jean Gitz Bassett Fund and Community Giving Fund
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers RegionUnrestricted support$95,000 over three yearsNorman L. Gillette Sr. Family Fund and Community Giving Fund
Onalaska education FoundationRandom Acts of Kindness$4,000Harold E. Lemke Fund