Funding allocated for specific Pre K-12 Grants

By Ardith Van Riper

     The Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature allocated funding for the Ho-Chunk Nation’s Pre K-12 Grant Program to assist students with necessary costs for the upcoming school year.  The funding amount per student decreased and is for nine specific grants.

     The Pre K-12 Educational Grant Program is wholly funded by the Net Profit Distribution funds of the Ho-Chunk Nation.  Typically, on an annual basis the Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature appropriates funds to provide additional education opportunities for enrolled children in grades Pre-School through grade 12.

     Each Ho-Chunk enrolled student between the ages of 3-18 is eligible for this program.  All applications are subject to approval and funding availability.  Grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis until the available funds have been spent.

     The limit for the 2020-21 year is $2,000 per student.  This amount used to be $2,500.

     Funding will run through November 2020 for the following nine grants:

     1. Tuition Assistance

     2. School Supplies

     3. School Meal Costs

     4. Public School Fees

     5. Musical Instrument Rental/Lease

     6. Graphing Calculators

     7. High School Graduation Expenses

     8. Driver’s Education

     9. Internet Access Support

     All required documentation must be submitted before any reimbursement or payment can be processed.  Applications missing information shall not be processed until the required information is submitted by the applicant.

     The program is designed to be the “payer of last resort” meaning that applicants must seek out other funding sources, such as the Johnson-O’Malley Program or program scholarships, prior to applying for the Pre K-12 Grant Program.

     Applicants and specific grant guidelines are located online at or requested by email at or by telephone at 715-284-4915.

     Completed applications and required documentation should be emailed to, faxed to 715-284-1760, or mailed to Ho-Chunk Nation Education Department, SCR Division, P.O. Box 667, Black River Falls, WI 54615.