The Friends Grant Program was created in the 2020 County Budget and provides matching funds to Friends groups and other nonprofit organizations to implement capital improvements on Dane County parkland. Grants will fund up to 75% of the total project costs and can range from $3,000 - $18,750. All grants must be matched 25% with cash. The 2022 grant period will open January 4, 2022 and will have an initial review after February 21, 2022. After that date, applications will continue to be accepted and will be reviewed as they are received and grants will be awarded on a rolling basis through 2022 as funding allows.
We have partnered with the Dane County Environmental Council to simplify and improve the grant process. With one application you can apply to multiple grant programs.
To apply for a grant, an entity must:
Grants will be awarded for capital projects on county parkland. Capital improvements are generally defined as permanent changes that have a life expectancy of at least ten years. Projects must be far along in the planning process and meet the following minimum eligibility requirements to be considered for funding:
Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:
Grants will not be awarded for the following projects:
$100,000 is available for the program. The standard grant amount will be up to 75% of the project costs with a maximum grant award of $18,750 and a minimum grant award of $3,000. All grants must be matched with cash.
Eligible expenses for projects include construction materials and contracted services. Acceptable match includes cash (including donations and grants for private foundations), and state or federal grants. In-kind services will not be accepted as match, such as donated labor, materials or supplies.
Follow the instructions on the Dane County Environmental Council webpage to apply for all this grant program and two others at the same time.
Staff will review the applications and recommend projects to the Dane County Park Commission for consideration. If you have questions, contact:
Deputy Parks Director