Grants & Resources for Wisconsin & Dane County

Current Grant Opportunities

  • Needmor Fund is inviting applications for its Grassroots Community Organizing Grants from groups in the Midwest. “Grants will be awarded in support of community organizing groups that organize low and moderate-income people; are membership-based and democratically run; develop and train a strong cadre of grassroots leaders; address issues of race, immigration, poverty, economic justice, and low-wage work; engage in direct action; balance issue work with base building; effecctively link issues to building organization and power; and have a larger vision nfor aggregating power, taking on bigger policy issues, and expanding a base of allies to increase its impact over time.” Deadline June 30, 2020. Note that this foundation funds groups that have 500+ membership and a successful track record around developing and advocating for policy initiatives on social justice, immigration, or other social justice issues.
  • Wisconsin Humanities Council CARES Act relief grants. Open to non-profit organizations that provide humanities programming as a significant part of their mission and are facing finanical hardship due to COVID-19. Round 2 of this grant will be open in June and applications will be due in July.
  • Forward Community Investments has committed $50,000 in partnership with Associated Bank to support small nonprofits working to reduce racial and economic disparities that have changed their operational model or services due to COVID-19. This grant is currently closed; FCI is working on securing additional funds so that they can reopen the application (stay tuned). For full details, visit the FCI website. Questions can be directed to Tom Behnke at tomb@forwardci.org
  • Urban Agriculture and Community Composting grant for Nonprofit organizations, local or Tribal governments, and K-12 schools. See https://www.farmers.gov/manage/urban/opportunities for more information.
  • Healthy Food Financing Initiative request for proposals is open to Universities, nonprofit organizations, local or Tribal governments, and for profit food businesses. See https://www.investinginfood.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/HFFI-2020-TSGP-RFA.pdf for more information.

Resources 

  • Madison Community Foundation – Resources for Non-profits during the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Madison Community Foundation is tracking funds available to help nonprofits weather the coronavirus crisis. MCF has also created the MCF COVID-19 Priority Fund to help support the unanticipated needs of non-profit organizations.
  • Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (the CommNS) – Law Student pro bono help available.A message from Mary Beth Collins, E.D. CommNS: We’re reaching out to you today about a special opportunity to connect UW law students seeking to complete pro bono hours to philanthropic, community, and nonprofit organizations. Students are available to provide volunteer, part-time pro bono help over the summer. The work will capitalize on law students’ legal research and writing skills and focus on regulatory, policy, and programming projects specific to the organization. The amount and nature of work can be flexible depending on your organization’s needs. Examples include development of policies and procedures, navigating state and federal regulations related to relief funds, assistance with employment practices, etc.  Organizations interested in having a law student’s assistance this summer should fill out this Google Form. After submitting the Google Form, Megan Zurbriggen, Associate Director in the Office of Career and Professional Development at the UW-Madison Law School will reach out to you.