Coulee Collaboration Award

Application Process

Request For Proposals

The Franke Foundation invites proposals, under a one-time competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process, and will award the Grant at our Coulee Collaboration Award Ceremony to be held March 23, 2017. Further details about this award ceremony & dinner will be announced at a later date.

Eligible Applicants

We will consider projects directly benefiting the residents of La Crosse County, proposed by Eligible Applicants, who are defined as IRC ß501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. While we encourage collaboration with other community organizations, governmental entities and agencies, schools, religious institutions and medical facilities, as appropriate, these entities are not Eligible Applicants. Furthermore, this grant will not be available to individuals, or for capital building projects, lobbying for strictly religious purposes.

Eligible Applicant organizations must also meet the following criteria:

  • Nonprofit corporation with proof of 501(c) tax-exempt status;
  • Strong board involvement and enthusiastic leadership; and
  • Satisfactory evidence that the Applicant is financially stable and that Applicant will be able to fulfill the projectís implementation strategy(ies) as recommended in its Proposal.

Application Procedures

Please submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) not later than July 31, 2016. This LOI should function as an outline of your proposed Project. It should be limited to no more than 3 pages and should include each of the following:

  • Mission Statement
  • Brief description of the proposed Project
  • Statement of the needs/issues it addresses
  • Intended goals and outcomes
  • Estimated budget range, if feasible

If the LOI meets the Foundationís goals and objectives, given the relative brevity of the information which will be provided through the LOI, you may be invited to submit a full Application for the Award. Such invitation will be sent to you by August 15, 2016.

If you are selected to submit a full Application, you will be required to include all of the items specified in the Coulee Collaboration Award Application Contents which is available on our web-site,, or upon request from the Foundation.

The Grant Review Process


We will acknowledge your application within two weeks of its receipt. We will contact you if we have questions or require additional information in order to establish or substantiate your submission.

Applications will be rated on a point-system based upon the list of priorities set forth above. In addition, bonus points will be given for interdisciplinary collaboration, that is, for projects which involve more than one organization from fields not primarily dealing with the issue(s) which is/are the subject of the Application. Additional bonus points will be awarded to Applicants whose project employs new matching funds to meet its goals.

Robert and Eleanor Franke Charitable Foundation