La Crosse Area Emergency Response Fund

La Crosse Community Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Capital Project, General Operating Expense, Exhibitions, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: La Crosse County, Wisconsin

Location of residency: La Crosse County, Wisconsin

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Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and responses will be made within 3 business days of submitting the proposal. In order to move resources quickly, the application form is short and easy to complete. As of 3/22/2020, "The fund expects to make an initial round of grants within the next few weeks."

Hosted by La Crosse Community Foundation and supported by Great Rivers United Way, this fund will provide flexible and rapid resources to charitable organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak and its related preventative measures. The fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak and subsequent closures as efficiently as possible.

The first phase of these rapid-response grants will address:

  • The economic impact of reduced and lost work due to the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by closures and cancellations related to COVID-19
  • Increased demand for medical information and support

La Crosse Community Foundation will administer grants in partnership with Great Rivers United Way. Together we will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, review grant applications, and recommend final awards. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases. 

General questions and inquiries about making requests to the fund can be directed to [email protected] or [email protected]

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • In this first phase of funding, we are not able to prioritize organizations who have lost revenue or are likely to lose future revenue due to canceled events or programs, or larger public institutions that are strained by increased demand for services. We recognize these challenges, and as the crisis and long-term impacts continue to unfold, we will continue to work with Great Rivers United Way to assess and evolve our funding strategies.
  • We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501(c)4, 501(c)5, and 501(c)6 organizations.