Coulee Collaboration Award

Questions & Answers

The Award

  1. What is the purpose of the Award?
    “Really Making a Difference” - To define and implement solutions, remedies and other ameliorative activities to address one or more adverse issues/conditions noted in the 2015 COMPASS NOW Report for La Crosse County, Wisconsin.

  2. How much is the Award?
    There are three (3) monetary awards: $100,000.00; $50,000 and $25,000.

  3. Are there restrictions on its use?
    Yes, the Awards are to be used to implement the collaborative program(s) developed by the recipients selected to receive these Awards.

  4. When is it granted?
    The Awards will be made at a ceremony following a dinner to be held June 21, 2018, at the Freighthouse Restaurant in La Crosse, Wisconsin. A representative of the grant recipient organizations should be present to receive the Award.

  5. Does the Board have to grant the Award?
    No. 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 will be responsible to the La Crosse Community Foundation for completing the Project in accordance with its terms and provisions. The Foundation will monitor the progress of the Project and may seek to meet, or otherwise communicate, 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 unused balance of the Award being forfeit and the required to 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."

The Applicant

  1. 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.

Application Issues

  1. What is the format of the Application?
    Your application must include the items appearing in the 2018 Coulee Collaboration Awards RFP Form which is available by clicking here, or will be provided in hard-copy upon request to the Foundation.

  2. What are the Strategic Issues for consideration in the Award Application?
    We will consider projects that:
    1. Promote collaboration among different businesses, for-profit and non-profit organizations, community agencies, and City/County government;
    2. Create or support projects and programs that do, or will, make a meaningful improvement in the lives of La Crosse County residents,
    3. Involve, to a meaningful extent, those individuals “in need” who will ultimately benefit from the goal of this Grant.

  3. Are there any Guidelines available which will assist in the collaboration process relative to this Award?
    Yes. Specific Planning Guidelines for this Award program are available by clicking here, or will be provided in hard-copy upon request. This is only a suggested, and not a mandatory guideline.

Submission of Applications

  1. 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.

  2. What is the Submission Deadline?
    3:00 O’Clock, P.M. April 1, 2018.

  3. Will 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.

  4. 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 ile 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.

Robert and Eleanor Franke Charitable Foundation