The Neighborhood Grant Program of the City of Madison Planning Division helps residents and organizations that support neighborhoods with projects that beautify public spaces, create public gathering places, or build organizational capacity and leadership skills.
Donor Name: City of Madison
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $10,000 to $100,000
Grant Duration: Grant Duration Not Mentioned
The grant program provides funding but neighbors’ ideas, determination and pride are behind the most successful projects.
In 2024, the City expects to award $25,000 in grants.
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
Who they Fund
- 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
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 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.
- Applicants must sign a contract with the City by June 1, 2024 or risk forfeiture of grant funds. As part of contract approval, if the applicant is not using a fiscal agent and is not a taxable entity, 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 public right of way, events and activities on public land, and projects on private lands.
- Insurance may be required. City staff will review proposals and help applicants determine insurance requirements.
- Projects must be free, accessible and welcoming to all. Grantees may not charge anyone to use or participate in the project.
For more information, visit City of Madison.