Application Period Closed

Donations to the fund are still being accepted.

To help local small businesses outlast the pandemic, local construction-related companies are doing more than creating structures, they’re

building community.

About the Fund

The Building Community Fund provides financial support in the form of grants to local businesses to increase their resiliency, improve long-term sustainability, and help them navigate new market conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Building Community Fund is administered by the La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with La Crosse County and area businesses. If you would like to contribute to the fund, learn how>>

At present, the fund has raised $278,800.


To be eligible for a Building Community Fund grant, businesses must:

  • Employ 1-50 FTE workers
  • Be located within the La Crosse Area

Investment in the La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce is not required. Eligible businesses will be pursuing an innovative project or shift to their production, delivery, or distribution that will yield increased business sustainability.

Projects such as investment in emerging technologies, replacement of broken-down equipment, and purchase of new equipment would all be appropriate uses of grant funds.

Grant Details

Typical awards will be $7,500 and up to $2,500 of this can be used for general operating expenses.

Application Period
Businesses should apply online from December 15, 2020, to January 15, 2021, with recipients notified by January 29, 2021.

Building Community Grant Fund recipients will be asked to provide a follow-up report within 3 months of the date that funding is awarded.


Please direct additional questions to

Neal Zygarlicke, CEO, La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce: or (608) 784-4880 ext. 6

Maggie Christian, Operations Director, La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce: or (608) 784-4880 ext. 4

Thank You To Our Supporters

Foundation Sponsors

Wieser Brothers

Framing Sponsors

Festival Foods

Kirchner Custom Builders

Kujak Orthodontics

Finishing Sponsors


LHI/OptumServe Health Services

Poellinger Electric Inc.

Thank You to our Fund Contributors

HSR Associates

Mikat Public Relations

Nancy Danou

Winona Nursery

Contribute to the Building Community Fund

Framing Sponsor ($10,000)
  • Name recognition on Building Community Fund webpage
  • Name recognition on grant notification letter
Finishing Sponsor ($5,000)
  • Name recognition on Building Community Fund webpage

To contribute, send your check to

La Crosse County
Attn: Building Community Fund
212 6th St N, Room 2300
La Crosse, WI 54601

Reach out>> Neal Zygarlicke, CEO: or (608) 784-4880 ext. 6

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