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About us:

1. What is The Antioch Foundation?

Located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, The Antioch Foundation is a charitable organization that began in 2000.  To learn more, head over to the About page.

2. What is a 501(c)(3)?

Section 501(c)(3) is the portion of the US Internal Revenue Code that allows for federal tax exemption of nonprofit organizations, specifically those that are considered public charities, private foundations or private operating foundations.  Because The Antioch Foundation can only award grants to nonprofit organizations, all grant applications must be accompanied by proof of an organization's 501(c)(3) status.

3. Where do you give?

Although many of our grants are given in Wisconsin and Minnesota, they are not geographically restricted.

4. What is Antioch II?

Antioch II is a separate charitable entity from The Antioch Foundation.  Antioch II is an IRS-recognized supporting organization based in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  As a supporting organization, Antioch II has four specific beneficiaries - the Mayo Foundation, the American Red Cross, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, and Kingdom Workers.  Consequently, Antioch II only makes grants in support of these four organizations.

Special note to organizations associated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod:  While The Antioch Foundation supports a number of organizations and programs associated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), it does not make grants to organizations or programs that also receive operating budget subsidies directly from WELS corporate.  If you are seeking a faith-based grant and receive an operating budget subsidy from WELS, you may qualify for a grant under Antioch II.  Click HERE for the Antioch II grant application instructions.  If you do not receive any operating budget subsidy from WELS, you may the standard grant application link found on the How to Apply page. 



1. What areas do you support?

The Antioch Foundation provides grants in the areas of faith, education, medicine, and humanitarian need.

2. When can I apply?

The grant application period runs from September 15 - October 15 each year.  Grant application are not accepted outside of this window.

3. What is a Letter of Inquiry?

The Antioch Foundation is now requiring organizations to submit a letter of inquiry prior to the grant application period. A brief letter of inquiry will allow us to quickly assess whether or not your project is a good fit for our foundation. If it appears to be a good match, you will be invited to submit a complete proposal.  Letters of inquiry must be submitted by July 15th for full consideration. Please click HERE for complete instructions.

4. Does The Antioch Foundation do "matching funds" grants?

Yes, although not required, the foundation appreciates the opportunity to do "matching funds" grants, as evidence of support for a project from other donors is highly desirable.

5. Does The Antioch Foundation fund operating budget items?

Generally speaking, grants which deal with pilot programs, start-up costs, or building projects will receive first priority, not operating budget items.

6. How large are your grants?

In order to support as many projects and programs as possible, individual grants rarely exceed $40,000.

7. May we apply for multiple grants from The Antioch Foundation?

Yes, but the foundation usually doesn't make multiple grants, especially to individual organizations, congregations, or schools for more than $40,000 over a three-year period.

8. Why does The Antioch Foundation only give faith-based grants to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) and other church bodies in fellowship with it?

This is due to the wishes of the founders.  Although other churches and denominations may be worthy recipients, we are concerned with supporting only those who are of sound Scriptural doctrine.  Church fellowship is our way of addressing this concern.

9. How are grants awarded?

Once the application period has closed, a grant evaluation committee scores each grant using the rubric included with the grant application instructions.  These can be found on the How to Apply page.  We recommending reviewing this rubric as you prepare your grant.

10. What if our plans change after being approved for a grant?

If plans change significantly, either the funds must be returned or new plans must be approved.

11. When must a grant be used?

Unless there are extenuating circumstances, a grant must be used within one year of its receipt.