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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 in previous years by the Community Reinvestment Fund. In Fiscal Year 2019, the committee received 34 applications totalling over $115,713 and made $25,000 in total awards to 11 organizations. Over the last three years, the average award provided to each organization has been $2366.

The Community Reinvestment Fund Committee is interested in funding innovative, hands-on, educational and entrepreneurial 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 and collaboration. With limited funds, grants cannot fund administrative/overhead fees or conferences. Grant requests for food, supplies, or capital investments will only be considered if those products are components of a hands-on part of the project for participants. Organizations seeking food and supplies solely to provide event or program amenities are encouraged to apply for a donation using our donation request form. Funding is intended to be used by the end of the calendar year the funds were issued.

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

Grant applications for 2019 are now closed, applications will be posted for 2020 in January. 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 compliance with this grant requirement. 170(c)1 government entities are NOT eligible for Community 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.