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Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits and Cooperatives in Eligible Regions to Improve the Local Quality of Life


Geographic Focus

USA: Wisconsin: Dane County

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Willy Street Co-op Community Reinvestment Fund Grants

Willy Street Co-op

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #200779

Grant Description

Grants to Wisconsin nonprofit and cooperative organizations for programs and projects that benefit residents in eligible locations. Funding is intended for activities that improve the local quality of life, with priority given to projects in the focus areas of food equity and access; cooperative business development; health and well-being; sustainable agriculture; and social change. Eligible projects benefit Dane County with preference given to projects benefiting the Madison and Middleton metropolitan areas, projects proposed by organizations with limited access to funding, and projects that have not been funded in previous years by the Community Reinvestment Fund.

 The Community Reinvestment Fund Committee is interested in funding innovative, educational, and/or entrepreneurial endeavors that impact a large group of people, reach out to underserved populations, create jobs or develop skills, foster social engagement, and offer opportunities for diversifying partnerships and collaboration.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are awarded to nonprofits and/or cooperative organizations benefiting Dane County with priority given to organizations run, operated, and/or benefitting marginalized groups and organizations with limited access to funding. Preference may be given to endeavors benefiting the Madison and Middleton metropolitan areas and organizations that have not been funded in previous years by the Community Reinvestment Fund.

Organizations representing minority and protected classes are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications MUST include a copy of the Internal Revenue Service determination letter indicating 501(c)(3) IRS status for the organization, or articles of incorporation indicating Wisconsin Chapter 185 cooperative status.

170(c)(1) government entities are NOT eligible for Community Reinvestment Fund grants. Public schools, credit unions, and other organizations that do not have proof of specifically 501(c)(3) IRS or Wis. Chapter 185 cooperative status MUST apply for the grant via a fiscal sponsor with proof of the proper status.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2023, at 11:59pm. There are no exceptions.

Applicants will be emailed notification of award status during the week of March 27, 2023.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Over the last three years, the average award provided to each organization has been $2,297.

Term of Contract:

Funding is intended to be used by December 31, 2023.

Contact Information:

Email applications to mail to

Direct questions to Liz Hawley, Education and Outreach Coordinator, at

Will Street Co-op West
6825 University Avenue
Middleton, WI 53562
Office: (608) 284-7800

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