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City of Madison: 2022 Neighborhood Grants Program (Wisconsin)


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.

Donor Name: City of Madison

State: Wisconsin

City: Madison

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 02/07/2022

Size of the Grant: $25,000


In 2022, the City expects to award approximately $25,000 in grants.

Who they Fund

  • Small groups of 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

What they Fund

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

What are the grant program terms and contract requirements?

  • The City retains sole discretion in determining whether or not applications are eligible, and how proposed projects, programs and activities meet the program’s guidelines and criteria.
  • 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.
  • Applicants must sign a contract with the City by June 1, 2022 or risk forfeiture of grant funds. As part of contract approval, the applicant must secure an EIN (Employer Identification Number) or TIN (Tax Identification Number from the IRS). City staff can describe the simple steps necessary to obtain a valid TIN or EIN.
  • 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 activities 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.
  • Your project must be free, accessible and welcoming to all. You may not charge neighbors or others for the right to use or take part in the activity or project.

For more information, visit 2022 Neighborhood Grants.

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