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2021 Neighborhood Grants

  Crawford Truax

Crawford-Marlborough-Nakoma Neighborhood’s 2020 Placemaking and Community Building Project

Truax and Hawthorne Neighborhoods’ 2019 Hawthorne Mural Tunnel Project


The Department of Planning and Community & Economic Development, Planning Division, has a grant program designed to help neighborhoods build capacity and beautify public places. The grant program helps to improve the quality of life within neighborhoods, and the City as a whole.

New this Year – Up to 10 COVID-19 Recovery Bonus Points!

As you plan your 2021 Community Enhancement or Neighborhood Leadership and Capacity Building project, you may be thinking about helping with COVID recovery efforts in your area. Consider how to enhance your project with the types of initiatives included below. Use the list as a guide and come up with your own ideas tailored to fit your particular neighborhood and situations. 

  • Check-in with Neighbors, Distribute COVID protection kits and Recruit New Members - Check-in with neighbors through socially distanced door-knocking or tabling in public places; offer neighbors COVID-19 protection kits with hand sanitizer and masks and invite neighbors to join your neighborhood group.
  • Share COVID Recovery Resources – Increase the relevance of your group and attract new members by featuring guest speakers at your meetings like experts from Public Health Madison Dane County, Joining Forces for Families of Dane County, and City of Madison Community Development Division to provide information and answer questions about public health, eviction prevention, rent subsidies, food pantries, and more.
  • Establish Services Exchange - use your neighborhood webpage and social media to create an exchange where neighbors can exchange services like snow and ice clearing, tutoring, childcare, grocery or food pantry delivery, transportation, and more,
  • Project Preparation
  1. Meet with your neighborhood to plan a project.
  2. Review the Grant Program Guidelines (English, Espanol, Hmong)
  3. Attend an Optional Grant Workshop:
  4. Pre-application discussion with Planning Division staff. Contact Linda Horvath at 608-267-1131 or   


  1. Handwritten Application - complete this application (English, Espanol, Hmong) and submit it to the Planning Division by March 15, 2020, 4:30 p.m.; use email or hand deliver to Linda Horvath or, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., P.O. Box 2985, Planning Division, Madison 53701-2985.
  2. Online Application - complete and submit the 2021 Online Application.

Video Application - grab your phone and tell us about your project! Answer all of the application questions in no more than 10 minutes. Post your video to YouTube and send an email to or to let us know it’s available for viewing

Last Updated: 02/18/2021