2023 Spring Grant Award Announcement

May 20, 2023

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

Spring Grants 2023

This was an exciting quarter for competitive grants as we awarded $237,133 to 24 local nonprofit organizations! As always, we send a HUGE thank you to our generous donors and our grant committee and board members who worked together to make the funding decisions. We’re looking forward to seeing the myriad ways these investments better our community.

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

Check out the full list of spring grant recipients!

Standard and Mini Grant Awards

Organization NameProject DescriptionAmount AwardedFund
La Crosse County Historical SocietyEnduring Families Project – Children’s Stories$46,200Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
Next Steps for Change, Inc.Peer Support Training$35,117Special Initiatives Fund
Hope Restores CorporationSupport Groups$20,500Jean Gitz Bassett Fund and Community Giving Fund
For Independent Hmong FarmersNPO Part-time support staff$8,000Community Giving Fund
Planned Parenthood of WILa Crosse Clinic Renovations$18,205Community Giving Fund
Driftless Urban Orchestra, Inc.Reinforce Outreach and Access in Music (ROAM)$10,151 Community Giving Fund
Coulee Region Humane SocietyUnrestricted$25,000Norman L. Gillette, Sr. Family Fund
PATCH Coulee RegionPATCH for Providers Workshops $1,466Ostreng Fund for Children
UWL Center on Disability Health & Adapted Physical ActivityA Guide for Obtaining, Fitting, and Implementing Teaching Strategies for a RaceRunner$1,000Chad Erickson Memorial Park Fund
WAFER, Inc.Warehouse Equipment$5,149Norman L. Gillette, Sr. Family Fund
The Parenting Place2023 Children’s Festival$5,000Jean Gitz Bassett Fund
Gundersen Medical FoundationCarrier Alert Program$5,900Ostreng Fund for the Elderly
BLACK2023 Juneteenth & August Ball$7,500Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
La Crosse Lions CharitiesChildren Vision Screening Equipment$7,500Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
La Crosse Association for Home & Community EducationWI Bookworms Project in La Crosse$3,000Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
Amara Rose Foundation, Inc.Community/School Drug Use & Addiction Awareness & Prevention$4,950Dr. Frank Furlano Family Fund & Special Initiatives Fund
Opera for the Young, Inc.Beauty and the Beast in La Crosse Area Elementary Schools$2,000Fund for the Arts and Community Giving Fund
West Salem School DistrictContinuing to Create a Culture for Human Connection$7,495PMJ Fund and Community Giving Fund
La Crosse Jazz OrchestraJazz in the Park Concert Guest Artist - Singer Steven March Torme$3,200PMJ Fund
La Crosse Public LibraryCreation Space Accessibility Project$7,500Elizabeth Fund for Literacy and Wellbeing, Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund & Community Giving Fund
Wisconsin Badger CampCamper Scholarships$6,800Roland Beranek Fund and Community Giving Fund
West Salem School DistrictAdapted Sports League's Athlete Safety Enhancement Project$7,500Mary Grace Sieber Fund
Climate Alliance for the Common GoodSmall Business Climate Toolkit$6,500Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund