La Crosse County Emergency Response Fund activated in response to COVID-19. More details here.

Featured Grant Recipients

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

Mississippi Valley Conservancy

$2,800 | Beranek Fund | Environment

This grant will help fund a comprehensive local climate change action plan to mitigate flood damage, sequester carbon, and protect biodiversity and community health through the use of nature-based solutions in partnership with the La Crosse Community.

Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center

$2,500 | Durtsche Family Fund | Culture & Diversity

This grant will assist in preserving the Engum House, an authentic log home built by one of the earliest families settling in La Crosse County, to ensure continued education for guests of all ages regarding cultural diversity and cultural similarities while telling the story of immigration to this area.


$4,300 | Community Giving Fund | Recreation & Wellness

HorseSense therapy horses provide life-changing therapeutic horseback riding lessons to youth, adults, and Veterans with disabilities in our community. This award will aid in the cost of equipment needed to switch from using smaller square bales of hay to large round bales which will permanently decrease the costs of winter feed for the therapy horses.

UW-Madison for Kiara Updike

$1,000 | Scholarship | Education & Scholarship

The AAUW provides scholarships to many young women each year pursuing continued education at a university or technical school.


$5,400 | Community Giving Fund | Arts & Humanities

Awarded to support the expansion and enhancement of music and multimedia programming to provide individuals with disabilities with the tools and opportunities they need to build skills, achieve goals, and increase their independence.

The Salvation Army

$50,000 | Franke Fund | Health & Human Services

This grant will be used to support ongoing costs of The Salvation Army's Emergency Shelter to support the existing Shelter already housing more than 65 residents including families with children. The Emergency Shelter is a home in the community to those that need it most. In addition to shelter and meals, the Shelter provides support services to assist those served in developing self-sufficiency.

Rotary Works Foundation, Inc.

$500 | Tom and Ann Monson Family Fund | Arts & Humanities

Awarded to aid in the construction of a Band Shell for the new Band Stage at Riverside Park, which many Consortium members use to provide free entertainment for the community. The Band Shell design mirrors the architecture of the blue bridges, uses trees to honor our cities logging history,and will have the same copper shingles as the gazebo at Pettibone Park to tie the parks together visually. This theme will compliment the city's historic downtown.

School District of La Crosse

$3,000 | June Kjome Justice and Peace Fund | Culture & Diversity

The Pretty Brown Girl program serves to empower girls to advocate for themselves and others and set goals for their futures and build strong female connections and solid relationships. Pretty Brown Girls provides an outlet and safe space in the community for African American girls who currently do not have this or other opportunities.

WisCorps, Inc.

$17,380 | Community Giving Fund | Environment

This award helps bring nature education to the classroom by supporting the capacity of the Crittermobile program to within a 50 mile radius of La Crosse. The Crittermobile program allows a WisCorp Nature teacher to take several educational animals to schools, libraries, summer camps, and senior centers to teach about habitat, adaptations, and conservation, eliminating the transportation barriers many schools and organizations face with the high cost of field trips.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater La Crosse

$10,000 | Norman L. Gillette, Sr. Family Fund | Community Improvement

The most dangerous times for youth are between 3:00 and 6:00 pm, when lack of supervision and lack of healthy alternatives are highest. This grant assists in providing safe and positive after school programs for youth for neighborhoods in need, focusing on Academics, Character & Leadership, and Healthy Lifestyles.