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 opened January 4, 2022 and had an initial review on February 21, 2022. Applications are still being accepted and will be reviewed as they are received. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis through 2022 as funding allows.
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. Donations of cash and grants from private foundations, state or federal grants are acceptable match. In-kind services are NOT accepted as match, such as donated labor, materials, supplies or discounts from vendors.
Complete the application (PDF) and return it to email@example.com. Staff will review the applications and recommend projects to the Dane County Park Commission for consideration. The review and approval process may take a few months.
If you have questions, contact: