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Neighborhood Grant Program

Grants to Wisconsin Groups, Associations, and Businesses
in Eligible Regions to Strengthen and Enhance Local Communities

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City of Madison

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Deadline Date:

03/02/20 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants to Wisconsin resident and neighborhood groups, and business associations and organizations in eligible regions to enhance the quality of life for local residents. Applicants must discuss their project with program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to enable neighborhoods in the city of Madison to beautify gateways, create public gathering places, or build organizational capacity and leadership skills. Projects must be free, accessible and welcoming to all, and organizers may not charge neighbors or others for the right to use or take part in the activity or project.

Successful projects:

  • Create and build community
  • Engage new and diverse communities
  • Sustain or strengthen those already involved
  • 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 be completed by December 15, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-Small groups of neighborhood volunteers (5 or more residents) or newly forming neighborhood organizations tied to a specific geographic area
-Neighborhood associations and planning councils
-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.

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:

Applicants may attend an optional grant workshop to be held on January 8, 6:00 p.m., at the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 153. There will be additional workshops scheduled. Check back in mid-January for more information.

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:

Applicants must meet with program staff for a pre-application discussion by February 1.

Complete and submit your handwritten or video application by March 2, 2020, 4:30 PM.

Grant awards will be announced in May 2020.

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.

Contact Information:

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

Email applications to Linda Horvath:

Or hand-deliver to:

Linda Horvath
215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
P.O. Box 2985, Planning Division
Madison 53701-2985


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