The Onalaska Education Foundation provides financial support for projects and programs that inspire teachers and students in the public and private schools within Onalaska, Wisconsin to achieve educational excellence. Our mission is to support educators in their quest to develop innovative opportunities for students, promote the incorporation of emerging technologies within the curriculum, facilitate business and private sector contributions to our schools, and encourage outstanding academic achievement among Onalaska students. 

The Foundation is currently committed to the following two projects:

Claude Deck Innovative Grants

On behalf of the Onalaska Education Foundation’s board of directors we invite you to apply for our 2022-2023 Claude Deck Innovative teacher grants.  The Claude Deck grants were established to promote innovative programs that inspire students and teachers to achieve educational excellence.  Grants are awarded in a variety of areas such as Environmental, STEM, and a general category.

Claude Deck Innovative Grant Application 2022-2023

The link above will take you to the application which is a google form. Completed grant applications (with Administrator approval) are due online and in Google Form by October 28, 2022. No late submissions or unapproved submissions will be considered.  If you are having difficulties with the google form or questions about the application, please email for help.


As the Claude Deck Grant program is competitive, the following are a few tips to make a strong submission:  

  • Include full descriptions and details of your grant with pictures, itemized lists, and budget sheets.
  • Make sure the application is completed on time.
  • Review the list of four priorities listed by the grant committee on the application.

Each year we are truly impressed with the dedication and creativity of our teachers and we look forward to this year’s grant applications.  The Claude Deck Grant Committee will complete its review of the applications by the middle of November and the applicants will be notified of their status. The Claude Deck Innovative Grant Recipients will be recognized at our “Taste” fundraiser on January 21, 2023 at the Stoney Creek Inn in Onalaska and all awardees are encouraged to attend.


Claude Deck Grants support teachers and students by funding innovative programs and creative projects that cannot be funded through the schools’ regular budgets. We have awarded over $142,000 to educators in Onalaska! 

Acts of Kindness / Seasons of Kindness

Acts of Kindness provides basic necessities for Onalaska students in need. We provide items such as socks, mittens, calculators, crayons, tennis shoes, and graduation gowns for students who would otherwise not have access to these essential supplies. Onalaska teachers contact us with requests as they recognize needs among their student population. 

We accept donations for this program and have a yearly wine tasting fundraiser that directly supports this fund. 

If you would like to contribute or volunteer to help with either of these projects, please contact us.

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