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Grant Guidelines

Grants are awarded to 501(c)3 and/or cooperative organizations* working on projects benefiting Dane County with priority given to projects benefiting the Madison and Middleton metropolitan areas, organizations with limited access to funding, and projects that have not been funded by the Community Reinvestment Fund previously. The Board of Directors has allocated $25,000 total funding for Fiscal Year 2019. Grants are competitive. In Fiscal Year 2018, the committee received 21 applications totalling over $63,800 and made $25,000 in total awards to 10 organizations. Over the last three years, the average award provided to each organization has been $2303.

The Community Reinvestment Fund Committee is interested in funding innovative, hands-on, educational projects that impact a large group of people, reach out to underserved populations, create jobs or develop skills, foster social engagement, and offer opportunities for diversifying partnerships, collaboration, and entrepreneurialism. The urgency and financial need for funds will also be considered. Grants will not fund administrative fees or conferences. Grant requests for food, supplies, or capital investments will only be considered if those products are used in a hands-on educational or community engaging opportunity related to the project’s intended outcomes. Organizations seeking food and supplies solely to provide event or program amenities are encouraged to apply for a donation using our donation request form.

Organizations representing minority and protected classes are strongly encouraged to apply. 

This year we'll be awarding $25,000 in grants. Grant applications for 2019 are now closed. If you have questions, contact the Education and Outreach Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

*Applications MUST include a copy of the Internal Revenue Service determination letter indicating 501(c)(3) IRS status for the organization, or articles of incorporation indicating WIsconsin Chapter 185 cooperative status. There will be no exceptions or reminders regarding complicance with this grant requirement. 170(c)1 government entities are NOT eligible for Commuity Reinvestment Fund grants. Public schools, credit unions, and other organizations that do not have proof of specifically 501(c)(3) IRS or Wis. Chapter 185 cooperative status must apply for the grant via a fiscal sponsor with proof of the proper status. Please see the grant application for full details, including how to use a fiscal sponsor to apply for project funding.