Recent Competitive Grants
The $500,000 grant given to Madison Public Library Foundation was the second largest capital grant given by MCF. The largest grant given was $1 million in the early 1990's for Monona Terrace.
Spring 2013 Community Impact Grants
Dane County Humane Society - $25,000 for renovation and expansion of the feline housing facility to maximize utilization of space and improve quality of life while animals are in care. Result will be decreased length of stay before adoption and decreased euthanasia due to untreatable illness.
Domestic Abuse Intervention Services -$100,000 for a capital campaign to build a new and greatly expanded facility for Madison’s only emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and their families. The new facility will provide significantly increased capacity for shelter, case management services, expand access to age-appropriate programming for children, and increase the number and size of support groups.
Madison Opera - $100,000 to complete the new Madison Opera Center, bringing under one roof all the company’s administrative offices and artistic functions. Rehearsal spaces, costume shop, music library and meeting spaces will be shared with other nonprofit arts groups. The facility includes 88 parking stalls which will provide additional rental income to help stabilize the Opera’s financial future.
City of Madison Parks Department - $50,000 will be used to build Dane County’s fourth free-to-the-public splashpad, this one on the Northeast side of Madison at Reindahl Park. Along with existing soccer fields, playground, shelter house and proposed softball field complex, this splashpad will help revitalize Reindahl Park and make it a destination within the City of Madison.
Dane County Parks - $50,000 for an endowment to support outdoor education, interpretation, and volunteer opportunities. Friends of Dane County Parks Foundation will fundraise to match the grant 3:1 to create a total endowment of $150,000.
Madison Public Library Foundation - $25,000 to reinvent the Wisconsin Book Festival as a signature program for Madison Public Library, incorporating literature, spoken word, art, and performance, with local literary artists mixing with nationally acclaimed authors. The event will help cement the new Central Library as essential civic infrastructure while providing a stable base and staff to grow the popular festival .
Operation Fresh Start - $30,000 for Pathways Premium Program, a peer mentoring program to re-engage high school dropouts in pursuit of their diploma in one of the Operation Fresh Start diploma completion programs. Former OFS students will act as Ambassadors, providing students with intensive encouragement, mentoring, and direction in overcoming obstacles to finishing high school.
River Food Pantry - $15,000 for purchase and installation of a new walk-in cooler to help maximize the volume of produce and other refrigerated items that can be accepted for distribution. Consequently, client families will take home more produce per visit, and more perishable items will be distributed instead of hauled to landfills.
Salvation Army - $17,000 to create a computer lab for Salvation Army Shelter residents. The volunteer-staffed lab will provide shelter residents with opportunities to search for jobs, prepare for job interviews, improve computer literacy, and build other job skills. The computers will also help children in the shelter keep up with homework. In 2012, over 900 adults and over 700 children were served in the shelter.Wisconsin Wetlands Association
- $50,000 for the WI Wetlands Association (WWA) Endowment Fund Campaign toward a $200,000 endowment to be held at MCF. Distributions from the fund will be used to increase the stability of WWA, increase protection, restoration, and management of wetlands throughout Wisconsin, and increase citizen involvement in protection efforts.
Fall 2012 Community Impact GrantsAttic Angel Association
– $75,000 to build 20 additional assisted living household units, expand rehabilitation facilities and renovate wellness, activity and dining spaces. This will help meet the rising demand for rehabilitation and assisted living services.City of Madison Parks Division
– $18,000 for a two-year project to restore outstanding oak savannah groves in four park areas. Goals are to diversify habitat and enhance recreation and educational opportunities in the Dane County park system. Operation Fresh Start Conservation Crew will complete the more intensive work, providing underprivileged youth with employability skills training. Independent Living
– $75,000 for a capital campaign to build a new senior community housing project for the underserved, aging population on Madison’s north side. North-side Prairie Senior Community will serve up to 300 people in independent homes, assisted living and memory care units.Madison Ballet
- $33,000 for a March 2013 production of the contemporary rock ballet “Dracula”, produced and performed by an entirely local artistic team. The vampire/Goth/steam-punk theme was geared to attract a younger audience (18-40). All elements of the production are available for rent to other companies, producing a new income stream for the company.Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
– $20,000 to create and implement a major, year-long Mexican Art Initiative around the museum’s extensive collection of Mexican modern art. Hailed as one of the most extensive Mexican art collections in the Midwest, the exhibition , in conjunction with workshops, traditional performances, films, gallery talks and public events, is expected to draw 25,000 people, including over 4,000 children.Madison Symphony Orchestra
– $40,000 for the program Link Up, a year-long curriculum of 3-5 grade classroom music activities culminating in a concert in which students perform with the orchestra. Carnegie Hall will supply teacher, student, and concert support materials. The outcome will be improved literacy of all students in the program and improved teaching capacity for teachers that will be sustained beyond the actual program.Natural Heritage Land Trust
– $38,700 for the Youth and Conservation Together program, a collaboration between Natural Heritage Land Trust and Operation Fresh Start, to make lasting improvements and create new recreation opportunities at five important park, trail, and natural resource sites around Dane County. Omega School
– $30,000 to facilitate reconnecting with and preparing former Omega School students and all current students to complete all their GED testing before December 31, 2013. The current GED program expires at the end of 2013at which time all uncompleted scores of the expiring test version will be eliminated. Program will also foster greater collaboration between the DPI-GED program, Wisconsin Literacy, and Omega School.Simpson Street Free Press
– $50,000 for the After School Academic Academy and Madison Literacy Partnership which tackles the achievement gap through multiple and rigorous formats including book clubs, writing and editing, peer mentoring and one on one work with students. Older students will also gain leadership skills by working with younger students. Token Creek Conservatory
– $25,000 to create a 50’ pedestrian bridge that will span Token Creek to reconnect existing trails and provide access to future trail networks in the Town of Windsor. The bridge is part of a long range master plan affecting the Towns of Windsor, DeForest, and Sun Prairie. YMCA of Dane County
– $35,000 for a Community School pilot program in Sun Prairie to provide students in a particularly high rate of poverty with comprehensive out-of-school-time programming based on academics, healthy living, and social service referral to improve social and academic skills. A wide variety of agencies will create sustainable and intensive partnerships to bring a variety of resources directly into schools instead of building new YMCA facilities.YWCA of Dane County
– $25,000 for the Girls Inc. program to be expanded to two additional sites, expanding the number of girls served from 175 to 225. The after school curricula program is designed for low income girls 9-18 which has been proven to improve girls’ academic performance, learn to utilize leadership skills, and resist pressure to use drugs and alcohol.Wisconsin Academy
- $25,000 for the Waters of Wisconsin II :Yahara Watershed Focus to investigate strategies for securing and sustaining healthy aquatic ecosystems and abundant clean water supplies in Wisconsin. Preliminary work includes building a leadership team, implementing communications strategies, and produce a program launch with a renown water expert at Overture in the spring of 2013.
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