Grant Applications

Big Idea Grant of up to $25,000 is now open to new applications!

What Are We Looking For?
Any innovative community-minded project that fits one or more of these criteria:

  • Enhances quality of life
  • Helps underserved citizens
  • Builds community pride
  • Makes life more enjoyable for residents & visitors
  • Addresses an environmental concern
  • Strengthens community connections

Open to River Falls area individuals, businesses, organizations, troops, etc.

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, government entity, educational or religious organization defined as tax-exempt, or partner with an eligible fiscal agent.

Grant Recipients


Abundant Yoga Community … $10,000


River Falls High School Co-Located Mental Health Prgramming … $6,000
For onsite therapy in partnership with St. Croix Valley Restorative Services


River Falls High School Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training… $6,000
To purchase Instructor Training Courses for youth mental health first aid


River Falls Middle School Mental Health Awareness & Chill Week … $500
To facilitate two week-long schoolwide events promoting teen mental health and wellness



St. Croix Valley SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) … $4,344
For healthy relationship, consent and violence prevention education


Meyer Middle School … $5,480 for the purchase of Character Strong grades 6-8 curriculum and training



Big Idea Grant Awardee … $8,600
Treasures of the Heart Sewing Project


River Falls School District … $2,400
Hot Spots to Support Remote Learning


Assistance & Resource Center … $2,000
General Operating Costs


Sporting World … $2,000
General Operating

Previous Big Idea Grants

Abundant Yoga Community River Falls Community Health Initiative for Underserved Populations to bring yoga practices to people with limited mobility, people in recovery, cancer survivors, teenagers on site at River Falls High School, and home meditation.


Adoray’s Treasures From The Heart Big Idea Grant allowed them to develop new product offerings of one-of-a-kind items developed from repurposed textiles.


River Falls Public Library received a BIG IDEA grant to acquire equipment and materials for the BIG FUN LAB, a creative play space for children and families open during the winter months.


Sporting World (Big Brothers Big Sisters of NW WI/St. Croix Valley Region) received a BIG IDEA grant to establish a storefront on mainstreet to benefit kids and families in need with sporting equipment. Stretch your imagination, tap your creativity, and make River Falls even better!