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Featured Grant Stories

An experience with Bill Miller at Northside Elementary

Thanks to a 2019 grant from the June Kjome Justice and Peace Fund, students at Northside Elementary School in La Crosse were able spend meaningful time with Bill Miller, a Grammy Award-winning musician, songwriter, activist, painter, and Native flute player, originally hailing from La Crosse. The purpose of the project was to promote awareness of […]

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Lueth Park Bicycle Playground

Outdoor Recreation Alliance (ORA) received a $40,000 grant in 2018 to support the installation of a bicycle playground at Lueth Park. The project was part of a larger effort by the City of La Crosse to revitalize Lueth Park by repairing the existing skate park, beautification efforts, and removing an inadequate baseball field. The bicycle […]

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Artspire

La Crosse Community Foundation awarded a $13,780 grant to support Artspire in 2018. Artspire is an all-inclusive and free event that attracts, engages and connects our diverse community through meaningful arts experiences. As the largest arts celebration in downtown La Crosse, Artspire combines visual, performing, literary arts, dance and more in a primarily outdoor setting […]

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North Woods Elementary Shares Smiles Internationally

La Crosse Public Education Foundation received a grant for $21,000 in 2018 to support the International Baccalaureate Program at North Woods Elementary School in La Crosse. As part of the project,first-grade students embraced the idea of making the world a better place by bringing people together with a smile. “Smile Project” is about giving a […]

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“Return to Wholeness,” a Retreat for Female Survivors of Human Trafficking

Franciscan Spirituality Center received a $6220 grant in 2018 to support their annual retreat for female survivors of human trafficking. Each woman invited to the second annual Return to Wholeness retreat had her own story of heartbreak, fear and abuse. Participants ranged in age from 21 to 62 and represented a range of cultures, races […]

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GROW La Crosse Pollinator Patch

GROW La Crosse received a $5,000 grant in 2018 to help fund a new pollinator patch at Hamilton/SOTA I Elementary School in La Crosse and scholarships to farm camp. The project improved children’s ownership and belonging to their school gardens and farm camp. It also provided rich outdoor experiences which are linked to healthier lifestyles […]

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YWCA Justice Circles

La Crosse Community Foundation awarded a $40,000 grant to the YWCA for their Justice Circles program in 2018. Justice Circles provides an alternative approach to addressing conflict in schools, focusing on restoring relationships in lieu of just punishing students. This strategy helps to keep students in school and out of the juvenile justice system. The grant year […]

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Halting the Opioid Crisis with Alliance to HEAL

La Crosse Community Foundation, Mayo Clinic Health System, Gundersen Health System, and La Crosse County Health Department have joined resources to move the needle on the opioid crisis. The four organizations have committed over $400,000 over the next three years to support the Alliance to HEAL (Halting the Effects of Addiction Locally), which launched in […]

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Young Instrumentalist Folk Music Outreach

Great River Festival of Arts received a a $5,450 grant to provide folk music lessons to young students from area Boys and Girls Clubs during the August 2018 Great River Folk Festival at Riverside Park in La Crosse. Children played instruments such as  guitars and violins with a nationally touring folk performer and participated in […]

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