Community Impact Grants

Grants to Dane County, Wisconsin Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Schools for Arts, Youth, Elderly, and Environment

GrantWatch ID#: 172332
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Madison Community Foundation (MCF)


10/01/17 4:30 PM Emailed and postmarked

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Grants to Dane County, Wisconsin nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies and schools for programs and projects that benefit Dane County residents. Letters of Intent are due on August 15, 2017. Proposals must focus on at least one of the following areas:

- Arts and Culture
- Children and Youth
- Community Development
- Elderly
- Environment
- Learning
- Organizational Capacity Building

Types of Community Impact Grants:

Program Grants support new programs or expansion of existing programs that have a track record of success.

Capital Grants support the construction, purchase and renovation of facilities, land acquisition, and occasionally the purchase of vehicles or equipment.

Endowment Challenge Grants build capacity and sustainability by helping nonprofits leverage additional funds and incorporate endowment fundraising as a regular part of their ongoing development program. Typically, endowment challenge grants are two-to-one matches but may vary by the size of the grant awarded.

Grantmaking Criteria:

- Long-term impact on residents and/or physical environments in Dane County
- Meaningful, reasonable, and measurable outcomes
- Innovative approaches to address community issues
- Strengthen and enhance community assets
- Build the self-sufficiency of individuals and/or organizations
- Attract additional funding
- Utilize partnerships and/or collaborations

One-year projects are generally recommended. Multi-year grant requests are considered for up to two years.

Applicant must:
- Be a nonprofit organization, exempt from Federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a governmental body, including schools and municipalities

- Conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual preference, age, marital status, disability or national origin

- Be a nonprofit located in Dane County (with the exception of endowment challenge grants)

What the Foundation does not fund:
- Individuals
- Endowments not held by the Madison Community Foundation
- Debt retirement
- Lobbying
- Annual campaigns
- Scholarships
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Short-term events such as conferences, festivals, fund raising functions and celebrations
- Substance abuse treatment
- Health care services, including mental health
- Capital grants to support ongoing maintenance
- Simultaneous requests from the same organization
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Sports and recreation, except in the case of those using the programming for academic purposes

Read FAQ's:

When time allows, staff will offer feedback on draft proposals. Due to the volume of proposals received, one-page abstracts or letters of inquiry often receive responses. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their projects with Tom Linfield using the Contact Information below.

- 8/15/2017 at 4:30 PM: Letter of Inquiry due
- 10/1/2017 at 4:30 PM: Complete Grant Application due from select organizations
- Dec. 2017: Grant awards announced

Step 1: Letter of Inquiry (LOI)

A strong Letter of Inquiry will include great ideas, measurable outcomes and project sustainability. Please use the attached MCF Letter of Inquiry Form. After submitting your Letter of Inquiry, it will undergo a preliminary review and applicants will be contacted with the decision via email within two weeks.

Step 2: Grant Application

If you are invited to submit a full grant proposal, congratulations! One hard copy and one electronic copy of the application must be submitted (emailed and postmarked) by the deadline.

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

Email applications to

Tom Linfield, Vice President, Community Impact
(608) 232-1763

Madison Community Foundation
2 Science Court
Suite #3
Madison, Wisconsin 53711

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