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Business Associations to Enhance the Quality of Life for Residents

Neighborhood Grant Program

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City of Madison

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02/07/22 4:30 PM


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Grants to Wisconsin community-based organizations, resident groups, neighborhood associations, planning councils, and business associations and organizations to enhance the quality of life for residents in eligible areas. Applicants must discuss their project with program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to benefit the City of Madison.

The Department of Planning and Community & Economic Development, Planning Division, has a grant program designed to help neighborhoods build capacity and beautify public places. The grant program helps to improve the quality of life within neighborhoods, and the City as a whole.

The Neighborhood Grant Program of the City of Madison Planning Division helps neighborhoods beautify gateways, create public gathering places, or build organizational capacity and leadership skills. The grant program provides funding but neighbors’ ideas, determination and pride are behind the most successful projects.

Community Enhancement or Neighborhood Leadership and Capacity Building Projects that:

  • Engage new and diverse communities
  • Create and build community
  • Increase community and neighborhood impact on public decisions and community life
  • Are ready to begin within 1-3 months from award date
  • Are free and open to the public
  • Help neighbors and neighborhoods recover from COVID-19

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GrantWatch ID#: 139868

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Term of Contract:

Project completion: 12/1/22 (Some projects may entail longer timelines and this will be determined through discussions with City staff.)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
• Small groups of volunteers (5 or more residents) or newly forming organizations tied to a neighborhood area
• Neighborhood associations and planning councils
• Business associations, business organizations engaged in community building activities and/or civic engagement activities
• Community-based organizations proposing a project to primarily benefit of a neighborhood area

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 stipends.
• 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 total grant award can be used for these expenses at the discretion of the Planning Divison.

You may not charge neighbors or others for the right to use or take part in the activity or project.

Pre-Application Information:

Complete the application and submit it to the Planning Division by February 7, 2022, 4:30 p.m.

Application Requirements and Timeline:
1. Project Idea Discussion: Talk to neighborhood group and alderperson
2. REQUIRED meeting with city staff: Discuss project and eligibility with staff by 1/17/22
3. Application Deadline 2/7/22, 4:30 PM: Submit online, handwritten, or video application
4. Grant Awards: Grants announced in March
5. Project completion: 12/1/22 (Some projects may entail longer timelines and this will be determined through discussions with City staff.)

Visit the Common Council webpage to find your alderperson and contact information:

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

The City of Madison is committed to helping interested groups work through program requirements. If you have questions, please send an email to, or contact Linda Horvath at 608-267-1131, or

To schedule a pre-application discussion with Planning Division staff, contact Linda Horvath at or Angela Puerta at

To apply:
1. Submit applications to the Planning Division: use email or hand deliver to Linda Horvath or, Angela Puerta, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., P.O. Box 2985, Planning Division, Madison 53701-2985.
2. Online Application - complete and submit the application (coming soon).

Video Application - grab your phone and tell the City of Madison about your project! Answer all of the application questions in no more than 10 minutes. Post your video to YouTube and send an email to to let program staff know it is available for viewing.

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