Featured Grant Stories

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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La Crosse County Historical Society Launches Online Collections Database

The La Crosse Historical Society has many stories to tell. Tales of love, war, and lives once lived. Since 1925, its mission has remained consistent: to collect, preserve, and share the history of La Crosse County. From its Local History Museum, Historic Hixon House Museum and Riverside Museum, La Crosse County Historical Society serves as […]

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GROW La Crosse Garden Education

With a mission as fresh as the food it connects children with, GROW La Crosse is introducing area youth to healthy food through garden education. Following a $5,000 General Fund mini-grant awarded in 2017, GROW La Crosse continues to expand nutritious food choices to area elementary schools while positively impacting their root behaviors.

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