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2019 Neighborhood Grant Program

Grants to Madison, Wisconsin Groups, Associations,
and Businesses for Neighborhood Improvement Programs

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City of Madison

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03/04/19 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants to Madison, Wisconsin resident groups, neighborhood associations, business associations, and business organizations to enhance the quality of life for local residents. Applicants must discuss their project with program staff before applying. This program is intended to enable neighborhoods to beautify public spaces and build capacity. Programs will improve the quality of life within individual neighborhoods and the City as a whole.

Projects must be free, accessible and welcoming to all. Organizers may not charge neighbors or others for the right to use or take part in the activity or project.

This program fund an array of unique and creative community projects that meet these requirements:
-Create and build community
-Involve community members
-Engage new and diverse communities
-Sustain or strengthen those already involved
-Create community improvements
-Increase community and neighborhood impact on public decisions and community life
-Are free and open to all members of the public

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139868

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Term of Contract:

Program should be ready to begin within 1-3 months from award date.

Projects must have an end date of no later than December 15, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicant groups must be open and inclusive, actively engage diverse community members, and be significantly composed of people who live and/or work in the City of Madison. The key is that the project is the idea of, and carried out by people from the neighborhood or business tenants/owners with input from nearby residents.

Eligible Applicants:
-Small groups of neighborhood volunteers (5 or more residents) or newly forming neighborhood organizations tied to a specific geographic area
-Neighborhood associations
-Business associations or business organizations engaged in community building activities and/or civic engagement activities

If the applicant is not a taxable entity, then a fiscal agent will need to be identified. Individuals are not eligible to receive funding. An example of a fiscal agent would be a community center, planning council, nonprofit organization, or a foundation. Fiscal agents typically charge a small administrative fee. City staff can help identify fiscal agents if the applicants have not already identified one.

Applicants must sign a contract with the City by June 1, 2018 or risk forfeiture of grant funds. As part of contract approval, the applicant must secure an EIN (Employer Identification Number) or TIN (Tax Identification Number from the IRS). City staff can describe the simple steps necessary to obtain a valid TIN or EIN.

Ineligible Expenses:
-Routine maintenance, on-going operating expenses (such as salaries or publishing newsletters), replacement of existing items (unless it is a great enhancement over the existing).
-Playground equipment and other improvements on City owned or controlled lands that are elements of an ongoing City service or replacement cycle, and/or are typically part of another City agency’s budget.
-Improvements to school-owned land, and school-owned facilities (exceptions may be granted where new and creative approaches, or exceptional public/private partnerships can be demonstrated, or unique opportunities to enhance underutilized space are evident).
-Direct social services such as health clinics, food baskets, and emergency preparedness supplies.
-Direct grants, scholarships loans, or s pends.
-Costs associated with preparing grant applications.
-Costs for facility rental, food and beverages, entertainment and supplies for project events and activities including but not limited to music, comedy, and other types of performances; games, prizes, etc., except that up to 25 percent of such costs can be covered.

Pre-proposal Conference:

If interested, feel free to attend the Optional Grant Workshop on January 17, 6:00 PM at the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 103A.

A workshop slideshow from 2018 is also available (see Supporting Documents below).

Pre-Application Discussion:

Contact Linda Horvath, Planning Division, for a pre-application discussion. The deadline to discuss project ideas with Planning Division staff is February 1.

Pre-Application Information:

Permits or other approvals need to be obtained by the applicant prior to starting the project. Examples of projects that need permits include, but are not limited to, structures in the public right of way, events and activites to be held on public land, and projects on private lands.

Insurance may be required. City staff will review your proposal and help you determine insurance requirements.

Applicants are advised to meet with the neighborhood to plan a project.

Applicants must meet with program staff for a pre-application discussion by February 1. See Preproposal Conference Information above for details.

Complete and submit your application so it arrives at the Planning Division by March 4, 2019, 4:30 PM.

Grant awards will be announced April 2018.

Grantees must pay for project expenses first, and then request reimbursement from the City. They may work with a community partner who can cover the expenses until the reimbursement payment is processed.

Applicants must sign a contract with the City by June 1, 2019 or risk forfeiture of grant funds.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online grant application:

If you have questions, please send an email to, or contact Linda Horvath at 608-267-1131, or

City of Madison Planning Division
215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
P.O. Box 2985
Madison WI 53701-2985

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