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South Madison Community Foundation Grants

South Madison Community Foundation grants take the form of proactive awards based on our issuance of Requests for Proposals from charitable organizations.

RFP's will focus on Educational Attainment, identified by the SMCF Board of Directos as the key opportunity for positive change and lasting impact in our community, as a well-educated community offers a better quality of life for all.

Issues like school readiness, early literacy, parental involvement, career preparedness, alternatives to college, student engagement,  and increasing graduation rates are program areas which might earn grant funds. SMCF is committed to support a variety of programs, whether tried-and-true methods or innovative, out of the box initiatives.

SMCF already supports several initiatives that support Educational Attainment.

  • The Dolly Parton Imagination Library provides one book per month to children birth- age5.
  •         Teacher mini-grants provide tools for our educators, benefiting students from Kindergarten-12th grade.
  •         To make sure students are ready for college when the times comes, SMCF supports 21st Century Scholars recruitment, FAFSA Day and College Cost Estimator workshops.
  •         SMCF offers over 65 scholarships each year to new graduates and adults who wish to continue their education past high school.

But, we're missing some of the pieces.
What can we do to address the need for children to be ready for school by five years old, to read at their grade level by third grade, to choose a career path before they reach high school, to graduate on time and with appropriate skills, the need for underemployed adults to gain education and skills for career advancement? Please contact us directly with your ideas for how to positively impact Educational Attainment in our area.


We also oversee two additional Grant Opportunities:

The South Madison Youth Commission  offers funding to programs that support the youth in our communities. The Youth Commissioners host fundraisers throughout the year to support their grantmaking. Grants are typically awarded to projects of $1000 or less. Deadline for application is 4:00pm February 2, 2015.

Click here to download a Youth Commission Grant application.

Through Open Hearts Open Purses, a women's giving circle, one local organization each year is awarded $10,000 through a competitive grant process that includes a personal presentation to the members of the group at our June awards ceremony. Smaller awards are given to finalists not chosen as the winner. More than 100 women each contribute $100 to make these awards possible. The project must benefit the residents of Adams, Fall Creek, Green and/or Stony Creek townships-the organization need not be physically located in this area. Deadline for application is 4:00pm on May 1. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details.