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Robert and Eleanor Franke Charitable Foundation Grant

Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits for Education, Housing,
Nutrition, and Basic Needs in La Crosse County

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Foundation / Corporation

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Robert and Eleanor Franke Charitable Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/01/18 - Deadline for Standard Foundation and Matching Grants only. The next deadline for Community Initiative Awards is October 1, 2018.


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Grants starting at $5,000 to Wisconsin nonprofits for programs that will benefit and positively impact La Crosse County. Funding is intended for programs that will address critical issues within the community, such as food insecurity, homelessness prevention, education, strengthening families, and the humane treatment of animals.

Preference will be given to proposals that show collaboration between and among nonprofit organizations and/or governmental and/or educational agencies or institutions.

Areas of Interest:

- Promote the efforts of students to seek and to pursue their educational goals.
- Assist those who are temporarily unable to pay for basic housing costs, including rent and utilities.
- Assist those who are not meeting their quantitative and/or qualitative nutritional needs as a result of economic disadvantage, social stigma, lack of education, availability of suitable or appropriate food sources or other remediable impediments to basic food security.
- Assist those in need of clothing, disability services, recovery from addictions, skills enhancement, and other services which improve the quality of life for economically disadvantaged individuals and families.
- Assist in strengthening and protecting children and families.
- Promote the humane treatment of animals

Grants available for funding:

Standard Foundation Grants
Grant applications will need to be based upon Foundation's Areas of Interest.

Learn more about Standard Grant Awards:

Community Initiative Award
The Foundation will be offering "Community Initiative Awards" each year. These Awards will be up to $45,000 and are in the nature of venture grants.

The Award (or Awards) given in May, will be given to a nonprofit organization whose application describes a proposed project or program dealing with one or more issues affecting youth, including, without limitation, early childhood literacy and/or the enhancement of educational opportunities to those for whom financial barriers prevent the registration, attendance and completion of their degree or certification goals, food insecurity, neighborhood revitalization efforts, violence prevention and alternatives, addiction-related problems, homelessness, job and/or job-skills opportunities, youth mentoring, recognizing, educating about and eliminating racism and prejudice in schools and neighborhoods and fostering healthy living lifestyles.

The Award (or Awards) given in November, will be in recognition of the success of the applicant during the preceding year in dealing with issues referenced above, but not necessarily focusing on youth in the La Crosse area community.

While not required, additional weight will be given to applications indicating collaboration with other agencies and/or organizations and those which add value to the project, program or organization in excess of the dollar amount of the award.

Learn more about Community Initiative Awards:

Franke Foundation Matching Funds:
The Foundation will make $100,000 available each year to enhance fundraising efforts by area nonprofit organizations. Whether it is in relation to a fundraising event or drive, the Franke Foundation will agree to match prize awards, donation goals, etc. up to certain predetermined amounts.

For example, if CMN is holding a fundraising event, Franke Foundation funds may be advertised as being available to match a specified amount during a particular time-period of the event. Similarly, if there is a charity auction, Franke Foundation funds may be available to match the value of bids for one or more items. The options are limited only by one's imagination.

Learn more about Matching Grant Awards:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174089

Estimated Size of Grant:

Standard Grants: $5,000 - $10,000
Community Initiative Awards: Up to $45,000
Matching Grants Award: Up to $100,000

Term of Contract:

The Foundation should not be perceived as a long-lasting source of funding for ongoing projects. The Foundation discourages applications for projects that require funding for more than one project cycle, e.g., twelve months, eighteen months, etc.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be considered for support, an organization must be tax-exempt under IRC 501(c)(3).

The applicant organization need not be located within La Crosse County. However, the benefits of any project must be limited to residents of La Crosse County.

Faith-based organizations may apply. However, the applicant, or its separate charitable organization, must qualify as a 501(c)(3) public charity and meet the other requirements described in the application materials. The grant may not be used to support inherently religious activities such as religious worship or proselytization.

The Foundation is conditionally prohibited from recommending that grants be made directly to governmental agencies or educational institutions.

The Foundation generally does not support an organization's ongoing operating expenses, retirement of debt, capital projects (building and remodeling, equipment purchases, etc.), endowments and general appeals for funds, or projects for which third-party reimbursement is available.

The Foundation will not award grants to:
- Support ongoing operating expenses of well-established organizations; or support deficit funding;
- Fund needs that should more properly be funded in an operating budget of an organization;
- Mature endowment funds;
- Travel for individuals or groups; and
- Organizations whose purpose and/or function conflicts with Roman Catholic teaching and beliefs.

Pre-Application Information:

Standard Grants: Each year, approximately $20,000 in grant funds will be made available for Standard Grants. Applications are considered on the 2nd Friday of May, August and November, and must be submitted by:
- April 1st to be considered at the May board meeting
- July 1st to be considered at the August board meeting
- October 1st to be considered at the November board meeting

Community Initiative Awards: Applications for Community Initiative Awards are considered on the 2nd Friday of May and November, and must be submitted by:
- April 1 to be considered at the May board meeting
- October 1 to be considered at the November board meeting

Matching Grants: The Foundation reviews grant requests for Matching Grants three times per year. Applications are considered on the 2nd Friday of May, August and November, and must be submitted by:
- April 1 to be considered at the May board meeting
- July 1 to be considered at the August board meeting
- October 1 to be considered at the November board meeting

For events or drives scheduled between November 20 and May 20, applications will have to be submitted by either October 1 of the preceding year or April 1 of the current year, since no matching funds will be available after the November awards date until the following May's award date. You must submit your applications with these parameters in mind.

The Foundation recommends that interested applicants meet with Foundation Staff in advance of submitting a grant application, so they can be assured that their proposal meets Foundation criteria and/or to obtain advice concerning the proposal.

Areas of Interest:
Submission Process:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Melvyn L. Hoffman, Executive Director
Robert and Eleanor Franke Charitable Foundation, Inc.
N3239 State Road 16, Ste A
La Crosse, WI 54601

Phone: (608) 789-4357
Fax: (608) 785-0780

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wisconsin: La Crosse County