Dane County, Madison Community Foundation partner to give $5M in grants to local non-profits

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Mark Lennihan

MADISON, Wis. — Local non-profits hit hard by the pandemic will soon get an economic boost thanks to a grant partnership between Dane County and the Madison Community Foundation.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced Monday that the county is allocating $5 million for a grant program to help non-profits that experienced an economic loss during the past year.

“Community based non-profits met incredible needs throughout the pandemic, despite facing deep economic challenges,” Parisi said. “Many of these organizations were part of the frontline response and this new grant program can help them rebuild and reinvest in the important work they do.”

The Madison Community Foundation will coordinate the grant application process. More information about how to apply will be posted on the Community Foundation’s website once the fund is created.

“We saw true leadership and innovation from Dane County non-profits as they rose to the challenges of Covid-19,” said Tom Linfield, Vice President of Community Impact at Madison Community Foundation. “We are pleased to work with these charitable agencies and look forward to distributing funds in order to mitigate the challenges caused by the pandemic.”

All Dane County nonprofits will be able to apply for funds once the resolution is adopted by the Dane County Board. Organizations will need to prove loss of income due to the pandemic to successfully compete for the grants.