Coulee Collaboration Award

Questions & Answers

The Award

  1. What is the purpose of the Award?
    "Early Childhood Literacy Initiative" - To positively impact early childhood literacy in La Crosse County, Wisconsin.

  2. How much is the Award?
    It is a monetary grant of $100,000.

  3. Are there restrictions on its use?
    Yes, the Award is to be used to implement the collaborative program developed by the recipient selected to receive this Award.

  4. When is it granted?
    The Award will be made at a ceremony following a dinner to be held March 23, 2017, at the Freighthouse Restaurant in La Crosse, Wisconsin. A representative of the grant recipient organization must be present to receive the Award.

  5. Does the Board have to grant the Award?
    NNo. The Board has the complete discretion in the matter of whether or not to fund this grant. In the event the Board decides not to fund this grant, it will not be liable for any expenses or costs incurred by any Applicant in preparing or submitting the Application.

  6. What continuing liability exists upon the Award-recipient?
    The Award-recipient is responsible to the Foundation for completing the Project in accordance with its terms and provisions. The Foundation will monitor the progress of the Project and will seek to meet periodically with the Award-recipient and/or its collaborative group, to review and evaluate the same. Failure of the Award-recipient to comply with the terms of the Award or to complete the Proposal for any reason, may result in the Award being forfeit and the requirement that the funds distributed pursuant to the Award be returned to the Foundation. Specific guidelines relative to defaults may be viewed by clicking here, or will be provided in hard-copy upon request.

The Collaboration

  1. What is "collaboration" for purposes of this Award?
    Models of collaboration may include, but are not limited to:
    • Administrative consolidations designed to share, exchange or provide back office services such as accounting, IT, human resources, etc.

    • Joint programming to launch and manage the stated project(s).

    • Mergers by which governance, programs and/or administrative functions are combined, either within the context of a single entity or leading toward integration of these functions within a single entity.

    • Confederations, alliances or associations of separate entities in which the members retain considerable independence, but are committed, through an organizational structure, to the achievement of the specific goals and purposes of this Award.

  2. Who is eligible to participate in the collaboration?
    A "participation-eligible" organization is any local for-profit, non-profit, governmental, civic, fraternal, school-based and other 501(c)(3) organizations.

  3. Who may apply for the Coulee Collaboration Award?
    Only an organization that satisfies the criteria for being considered a "qualified applicant."

  4. What are the criteria for being considered a "Qualified Applicant"?
    • Nonprofit corporation with proof of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, other than a governmental entity, including school districts;
    • Strong board involvement and competent leadership; and
    • Satisfactory evidence that the Applicant is financially stable and would likely be able to fulfill the project's implementation strategy(ies) as recommended in its Proposal.

  5. What is the format of the Application?
    Your application must include the items appearing in the Coulee Collaboration Award Application Contents document which is available by clicking here, or will be provided in hard-copy upon request to the Foundation.

  6. What are the Strategic Issues for consideration in the Award Application?
    We will consider projects that:
    1. Foster collaboration among different businesses, for-profit and non-profit organizations,community agencies, and City/County government.
    2. Reflect a collective and comprehensive strategy for identifying how to improve 4th Grade Reading proficiency scores for non-White minorities, including, without limitation:
      • Increasing the number of books per pre-school household to four or more
      • Increasing the number of hours spent in one-on-one picture-book or story-book reading with pre-schoolers to 1,000 or more
      • Increasing the number of vocabulary words learned and employed by pre-schoolers to an evidence-based readiness-level upon entrance into kindergarten
      • Evaluating pre-schoolers’ level of reading and pre-reading skills to develop a plan of action to address noted deficiencies
      • Recommending strategies to ensure that nutrition or other medical deficiencies do not impair the desire or ability to learn at the earliest stages of development
      • Addressing other barriers to early childhood literacy which are research-based and practical within the context of the La Crosse County service area.
    3. Involve, to a meaningful extent, those individuals "in need" who will ultimately benefit from the goal of this Grant.

  7. How must the Proposal be submitted to the Foundation?
    The original and Seven (7) complete copies of your Proposal must be submitted in hard-copy to the Foundation Staff at the Foundation offices.

  8. What is the Submission Deadline?
    3:00 pm, December 31, 2016.

  9. Will any extensions of time be granted for circumstances beyond the control of the Applicant?
    Yes, but be aware that the phrase, "beyond the control of the Applicant" will be strictly construed against the Applicant in the decision by the Foundation Staff as to whether or not to accept a tardy Application.

  10. May the decision of the Foundation Staff not to accept a tardy Application be appealed?
    Yes, you may appeal such a decision by writing a letter in support of your rationale as to why your Application should be accepted for consideration despite being tardy. Your letter of appeal must be received by the Foundation within 3 days of your receipt of the notice denying your request to file a tardy Application. The Foundation Board will meet within 5 days of receiving your letter to consider your appeal. Foundation Staff who also sit as Foundation Board members may participate in the consideration of your appeal, but will be excluded from voting on whether or not to accept the tardy Application. If a majority of the Foundation Board members voting agree to accept your Application, the same will be accepted. The final decision on your appeal will be issued within 7 days of their meeting. A sample Appeal form can be downloaded here.

  11. Are there any Guidelines available which will assist in the collaboration process relative to this Award?
    Yes. A specific 12-Month Planning Guideline for this specific Project is available by clicking here, or will be provided in hard-copy upon request. This is only a suggested, and not a mandatory guideline.

Robert and Eleanor Franke Charitable Foundation