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Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits, Neighborhood Associations, Business Associations, and Groups for Projects to Benefit Local Residents

Neighborhood Grant Program

GrantWatch ID# 139868
Agency: Local

Funding Source
City of Madison
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Geographic Focus
USA: Wisconsin: City of Madison

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/20/23 4:30 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations and centers of worship, neighborhood associations, business associations, and small groups to enhance the quality of life in eligible locations. Funding is intended for community and economic development projects. Proposals must 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


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible for Funding:
• Small groups of 5 or more residents or newly forming organizations tied to a neighborhood area
• Neighborhood associations and planning councils
• Non-profits and centers of worship that serve a defined, geographic area
• Business associations and organizations engaged in community building and/or civic engagement activities

If the applicant is not a taxable entity, then a fiscal agent could be utilized such as a community center, planning council, nonprofit organization, or foundation. Fiscal agents typically charge a small administrative fee. City staff can help groups identify fiscal agents.

Expenses not covered by grant funds:
• 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 facilities (exceptions may be granted where new and creative approaches are evident).
• Direct social services such as health clinics, food baskets, and emergency preparedness supplies.
• Direct grants, scholarships loans, or stipends and costs associated with preparing grant applications.
• At city staff discretion, proposals that include capacity building initiatives may qualify to use up to 50% of grant award for facility rental, food and beverages, and entertainment and supplies including but not limited to music, comedy, and other types of performances; games, prizes, etc. Capacity building could include things such as organizational building skills workshops, leadership training, and efforts to increase membership.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Optional workshop – January 19, 12:00 p.m. via Zoom; 5:00 p.m. at Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 206. Check back at the URL for Full Text for further details.

Pre-Application Information
- Submit online, handwritten or video application by February 20 4:30 p.m.
- Grant awards announced April 2023
- Complete project by December 1, 2023 and submit closeout materials no later than December 20, 2023

Project Preparation:
1. Meet with your neighborhood to plan a project and share the project idea with your alderperson.
2. Review Grant Program Guidelines.
3. Contact Planning Division staff to discuss your project, determine eligibility and ask any questions about the program.
4. Attend the optional workshop – January 19
5. If you were not able to talk with Planning Division staff before applying, but think your proposal may be eligible based on the Grant Guidelines, please submit an application.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract
Applicants must sign a contract with the City by June 1, 2023 or risk forfeiture of grant funds. Complete project by December 1, 2023 and submit closeout materials no later than December 20, 2023.

Contact Information
1. Handwritten application: Submit application via 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: Apply online at
3. Video Application: Post your video to YouTube and send an email to to let program staff know it is available for viewing.

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 Angela Puerta at 608-267-8739.

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

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