The Wisconsin Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (WI-CARH) was established in 1999 as a state chapter of the Council for Affordable and Rural Housing, a national not for profit organization dedicated to the advocacy of rural and affordable housing throughout the United States of America.

Welcome to Wisconsin CARH - Celebrating 25 Years!

Wisconsin Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (WI-CARH) is pleased to be offering a Youth Grant Program that can now be used during the school year and summer activities. The Wisconsin Council for Affordable & Rural Housing (WI-CARH) would like to encourage students in grades 3-12 to participate in academic enrichment programs and encourage academic excellence among all applicants. The WI- CARH Scholarship Committee will offer annual grants in the amount not to exceed $500 per student, per year, until all funds are used, to enable students to participate in an academic enrichment activity.

The Applicant must reside at a WI-CARH member’s property or reside in a USDA Rural Development program property that is a participating member of WI-CARH at the time of the application. Preference will be given to applicants residing in apartment complexes which are members of WI-CARH. Resident applicants must submit verification from the WI-CARH member that the applicant is a resident in good standing.

Eligible Activities Include: Little League, soccer, basketball and volleyball leagues, 4H Camp; Music or Band Camp; Sports Camp; Cheerleading Camp; Girl Scout or Boy Scout Camp; International Youth Exchange Program, or to allow a student to accompany their class to a foreign country or other school sponsored trips.

We are also now accepting applications for our 2024-2025 scholarship. WI-CARH proudly began its scholarship program in 2007 to promote education and expand opportunities for residents of affordable housing in Wisconsin. A $500 scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating high school senior or adult wishing to further their education. Eligible applicants can use the scholarship at any two (2) year or higher accredited public or private school in the State of Wisconsin which offers an associate or undergraduate degree or a vocational/technical program.

These awards are open to any qualified tenant or resident family member living at a WI-CARH member’s property or residing in a Wisconsin property which is part of a USDA Rural Development program (definition of rural - i.e. under 10,000 population)

Applicants are judged on academic achievements, work performance and career goals. Extracurricular school and community activities and achievements will also be considered.

Application deadline is May 31, 2024. For more information, please contact the WI-CARH office at 608-437-2300 or

For information about the Youth Grant, take a look at the 2024 Youth Grant Flyer

To Apply for the Youth Grant, please complete the 2024 Youth Grant Application

For information about the Scholarship, take a look at the 2024 Scholarship Flyer

To Apply for the Scholarship, please complete the 2024 Scholarship Applicatio

2023 Grant Recipient.

The scholarship committee awarded one grant for drivers education.