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Featured Grant Recipients

This is a small sampling of grants we’ve distributed, not the full list.

Coulee Council on Addictions

$15,000 | Norman L. Gillette Sr. Family Fund | Health & Human Services

A $15,000 grant from the Norman L. Gillette Sr. Family Fund was awarded to the Veterans Support Program of the Coulee Council on Addictions; this project would ensure continued free access to both individual and group recovery coaching for those veterans and their family members in need.


$1,000 | Mary Grace Sieber Fund | Education

This grant covers inclusive gaming controllers to assist students with fine motor challenges and increase independence.

La Crosse Area Veterans Mentor Program

$10,000 | Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund | Health and Human Services

Mentoring program that engages new tactics to assist veterans in overcoming challenges as they reintegrate into the community.

the Exchange/Shelter Development Inc

$30,000 | Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund & Norman L. Gillette, Sr. Family Fund | Health and Human Services

This grant assisted the Exchange to establish and maintain a furniture bank in La Crosse which recycles community donations and provides furnishings and home essentials to those in need.

UW – Whitewater for Kendra Ames

$3,400 | John and Ruth Sherman Scholarship Fund | Education

A bequest by John and Ruth Sherman established this scholarship fund that annually provides several scholarships for La Crosse county students.

Don Olsen Scholarship for Toya Reynolds

$600 | Don Olsen Hospitality Scholarship Fund | Education

This scholarship assists students studying hospitality services at Western Technical College. Ms. Reynolds is pursuing a degree in Culinary Management.

La Crosse Farmers Market Association, Ltd.

$3,000 | Community Giving Fund | Health & Human Services

To increase safety protocols and regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic and abide by the CPFM Access and Safety Program to improve access to healthy food for all customers, maintain vendor sales, and to better ensure a safe market for our customers and vendors.

Safe Families for Children

$2,100 | Schnurrer Fund | Health & Human Services

Safe Families is a community-based movement predicated on the belief that the safety and health of children is the responsibility of everyone. Safer Families intends to establish a presence in La Crosse County that promotes systems of natural support for families and deflects children from foster care.

Coulee Region Humane Society

$11,000 | Franke Fund | Community Needs

The Coulee Human's Society strives to provide the best care possible for all pets staying at their shelter. The funding from this grant will be used to provide on site spay/neuter surgeries for the animals in their care, an immediate need. Funding will be used to purchase the medical equipment necessary to make this possible and potentially prevent further animals from homelessness.

La Crosse Symphony Orchestra

$1,100 | Ella F. Ambrosius Fund | Arts & Humanities

This grant supports the Symphony for Youth Concert Day. Each year, over 2,000 students from around the area have the opportunity to attend this concert and experience a professional performance of a musical masterpiece. While listening to the music, the students are also learning about the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and about symphonies as a whole.