Women’s Fund awards grants to 24 area programs

The Women’s Fund of Greater La Crosse is giving two dozen area organizations a helping hand with their biggest grant award in history.

The fund is giving out $52,800 in grant funding this year to support projects that benefit women and girls in the area and promote opportunity and self-sufficiency.

That includes the Boys and Girls Club’s Junior Smart Girls program, which pairs elementary school girls with mentors to teach them about self-esteem and positive choices.

“It’s extremely important to receive funding such as this,” said Nicole Brei of the Boys and Girls Club. “Every dollar goes so far within our organization, we rely on the generosity of this community and places like the women’s fund to really help our programs become better and continue.”

This is the 19th year the Women’s Fund has supported programs to benefit girls and women in the area. While the money is being spread out among 24 groups this year, Women’s Fund executive director Heidi Svee says every dollar counts.

“It can be a drop in the bucket compared to some of these larger foundations, but the nice part is that we focus specifically on the programs that help women and girls, which can be underserved sometimes,” said Svee.

The grant money comes from a combination of community donors and an endowment from the La Crosse Community Foundation.