Some popular La Crosse area celebrations are still in the running for government relief money, to make up for revenue lost during the COVID-19 outbreak.
La Crosse County’s executive committee Wednesday said it’s reviewing requests for up to $10,000 each in American Rescue Plan Act money.
More requests were received by the January deadline than there is money available, so the county committee could take some events off the list — or reduce the size of the grants.
The original county plan was to spend the $90,000 fund by giving equal amounts to nine area events, including Oktoberfest and Riverfest.
The grant proposal has been criticized for offering money to festivals that could be put to other uses, like helping the poor.
Grant applications have been received from June Dairy Days, Artspire, Bangor Fun Days and other organizations.
The executive committee may weed out groups that didn’t meet all the requirements in applying for those grants.