La Crosse Promise is a non-profit, transforming La Crosse, Wisconsin by improving the quality of life for all citizens through education initiatives.

Families that build or buy a new home, or renovate a home in select La Crosse neighborhoods will receive up to $50,000 in education scholarships through the La Crosse Promise Neighborhood Program.

For many families, owning a home and higher education are only dreams. La Crosse Promise is committed to making those dreams come true. Adult learners also realize their dreams of continuing their education as well.




Up to $50,000 in grants from La Crosse County to help you acquire and prepare a property

Purchase a lot in one of the most desirable cities in Wisconsin – with lots available from the City

Receive up to $40,000 in funds for renovation projects

Live in a new house or updated home near downtown with beautiful riverside parks, libraries, great shopping, eateries, and entertainment nearby


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“La Crosse County has recognized neighborhood revitalization as a priority for our community’s continued growth and vitality and is grateful for La Crosse Promise’s leadership in this regard. La Crosse Promise has consistently pulled key stakeholders to the table and led important discussions about neighborhood challenges, leading to some great success so far. The County looks forward to continued partnership with La Crosse Promise.”

Brian Fukuda, La Crosse County

“At Empire Screen Printing, we want to share in La Crosse Promise’s efforts being a positive catalyst for change in our community through education, career mentoring and neighborhood revitalization. La Crosse Promise administers this mission of civic pride and youth investment with compassion and enthusiasm. We are proud to stand alongside La Crosse Promise in this mission.”

Amy Bettis, Empire Screen Printing

“My wife and I work hard to provide the right home and a good education for our children. This program let us have both, and it is wonderful to have this opportunity.”

La Crosse Promise Homeowner

“My wife and I used to live in the suburbs. Then we looked at a house near downtown La Crosse, fell in love, and moved within six months. The convenience is tremendous. Our five kids can walk or bike to any team practice or school activity. My wife is four blocks from her work and I am seven blocks from mine. I didn’t realize how much I disliked the commute until I didn’t have to do it anymore. Now we have more time with our kids because none of us have the commute.”

La Crosse Promise Homeowner

  • City Government of La Crosse and Onalaska, Wis.
  • School District of La Crosse
  • County of La Crosse
  • Representatives of Gundersen Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Viterbo University, Western Technical College
  • Various business community members from a wide range of sectors.
  • 11 area-lending institutions
  • La Crosse Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • La Crosse Promise Scholarship Homeowners

La Crosse Promise awards a scholarship only after the full scholarship amount has been raised, thus guaranteeing the availability of those funds when the student graduates. This fund is being invested and safeguarded by community leaders who have committed to support this program.

La Crosse Promise Homes