The La Crosse Public Education Foundation provides an opportunity twice each year for School District staff and others to apply for a Gold Star Grant. The general classroom grants support innovation and proven practices, plus LPEF offers specific grants for staff development, music education and the arts and humanities. Applications may be submitted by any teacher, staff member, parent or student in the School District of La Crosse, or by a nonprofit organization with a demonstrated link or partnership with a school in the District.

LPEF favors grant projects that:

  • Demonstrate educational innovation
  • Promote original, creative ideas
  • Focus on content enrichment and skills development
  • Are not supported through normal school budgets
  • Have measurable indicators of success
  • Address one or more district academic standards
  • Show collaboration within the district or community

2019-20 Application Deadlines

For grants to be awarded mid-December – deadline is 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019.

For grants to be awarded mid-April – deadline is 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.

Special note for staff from Hamilton/SOTA I, Summit, Logan Middle and Logan High: Your schools are participating in a test involving a new format for Gold Star Grant applications. Before proceeding, please contact your school principal or email LPEF Executive Director David Stoeffler:

Submission Instructions:

1)  Read the Grant Instructions (PDF).

2)  Complete the Grant Application documents:

3)  Print the Cover Sheet and have the application signed by your curriculum supervisor, building principal, and the Technology Services Director (if technology is involved in the proposal).

4)  Submit documents via e-mail (.pdf preferred) and send a signed hard copy of the Cover Sheet through Inter-Office mail or other means (may be scanned and email with the other documents).

EXAMPLE: Successful Grant Request

EXAMPLE: Successful Grant Request

For more information, including links to lists of recent grants, visit our Awarded Grants page.

Grant Categories

Applicants are asked to indicate the type of grant that is being sought. Applicants who are unsure should simply select “Classroom Grant” as that is the catch-all category for applications. Here are brief descriptions of each type of grant, with links to more background on named grants.

  • Classroom Grants: This is the primary category for grant applications. Proposals are accepted for new and innovative projects, as well as existing or proven projects, that enhance the education and instruction of students in any academic discipline. Grant award amounts vary, but larger grants may be available for projects involving multiple classrooms, across disciplines or more than one school.
  • Swantz Professional Development Grant: The Richard Swantz Endowment Fund, named for the retired school superintendent, fosters teacher excellence by funding a grant each year for staff development. LPEF looks favorably on requests to bring speakers to the District to address a group of educators. Grant award amounts vary, with consideration of total number of staff affected and relevance to District or school goals.
  • McGavock Family Music Education Grant: A grant is funded each year for projects to enhance music education. The fund honors Ronald and Philip McGavock. Philip was a music educator in Illinois and Ronald (aka Ronnie Eastman) was a former professional entertainer who made La Crosse his home.
  • Rachel Gundersen Arts & Humanities Grant: A grant is funded each year related to theater, dance, music and visual art forms, or to support projects in literature, languages, global studies, geography, history, law or a host of other topics in the humanities. The fund was established by Rachel Gundersen, a retired school psychologist and former LPEF Board president.
  • Wish List Grants: Wish List requests don’t easily fit into another category, but aim to fill an exceptional need—or may be for a project with a tight timeline that arises outside of the normal deadlines for Gold Star Grants. Applications are reviewed as-needed. LPEF may solicit specific donors to support Wish List proposals. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact LPEF prior to submitting Wish List requests.

Shoah Study Grants

See separate information and download application forms for the Freedland Holocaust/Shoah Fund.