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Neighborhood Grant Program

Grants to Wisconsin Volunteer Groups, Associations, and Organizations
to Enhance the Quality of Life for Local Residents

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City of Madison

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Deadline Date:

03/15/21 4:30 PM


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Grants to Wisconsin volunteer groups; neighborhood organizations associations, and planning councils; and business associations and organizations to enhance the quality of life for local residents in eligible locations. 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.

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

Receive up to 10 bonus points for incorporating COVID-19 recovery initiatives into your project. Examples could include:

  • Check-in with Neighbors, Distribute COVID protection kits, and Recruit New Members 
  • Share COVID Recovery Resources
  • Establish Services Exchange 

For more information on COVID-related initiatives, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139868

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract:

Complete project by December 15, 2021

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

For ineligible expenses, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attend an Optional Grant Workshop:

February 1 at 6:00 p.m. Register here:

February 15 at 6:00 p.m. Register here:

Pre-Application Information:

Simple Steps to Apply and Timeline:
- Discuss project idea with neighborhood group and alderperson
- Attend an Optional Virtual Workshop: February 1 or February 15, 6:00 p.m.
- Discuss project idea with Planning Division staff. This must be done before applying. Ask for help with grant process if you need it. Contact Linda Horvath discuss your project idea no later than February 22nd.
- Submit online, handwritten, or video application by March 15, 2021 4:30 p.m.
- Grant awards announced: May 2021
- Complete project by December 15, 2021

Reimbursements are made after paid invoices and receipts have been submitted and after documentation of Neighborhood Contribution is submitted, if required.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Video Application: Answer all of the application questions in no more than 10 minutes. Post your video to YouTube and send an email to or when it is available for viewing.

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

For the pre-application discussion with Planning Division staff, contact Linda Horvath at 608-267-1131 or

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.

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