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Youth Grants

Each year, Madison West Kiwanis awards between $15,000 and$22,000 grants in two categories: youth and community. In 2017, the grants totaled $21,500. 

Youth grant applications are due April 1, 2018. Following is a link to the application.

2018 Youth Servic Grant Application

2017 Recipients for Youth Grants were:

       Aldo Leopold Center

       Easter Seals

       Lussier Community Center

       Childrens' Dyslexia Center

       Boys and Girls Club of Dane County


       Fishing with no Boundaries

       Gio's Garden

Arlin Brannstrom (Kiwanis Committee Chair) (l-r), James Stewart (Fishing with no Boundaries), Val Madsen (Gio's Garden), Wendy Sievert (Porchlight), Alton Strange (Boys and Girls Club), Susan Ramspacker (Lussier Center), Clarissa Peterson (Easter Seas), Kelley Kuenzie (Children's Dyslexia) and Kelley Van Egeren (Aldo Leopold).


Each year, in addition to our ongoing program support and club projects, the Madison West Kiwanis club awards between $10,000 and $15,000 in grants. The grants are awarded in two categories, Youth Services Grants and Community Services Grants. In 2016, the grants totaled $16,000.

2016 Recipients were

     Aldo Leopold - support campfire scholarships for low income youth 

     Easter Seals - 15 new pool chairs for Camp Wawbeek

     Lussier Community Center - center activities

     Children's Dyslexia - free intensive dyslexia intervention

     Boys and Girls Club of Dane County-support Taft St. community gardens.

     Porchlight - purchase food for low income children

Grant Selection Criteria

      Youth Grants will be focused on programs and opportunities that support:

      Madison area youth in their elementary through high school years.

      Worthy youth, based on their:

Past accomplishments, citizenship and community service and potential for future accomplishments.

Youth who are in need of opportunity or financial resources and/or who are handicapped.

Grants payments will be made directly to the youth, their sponsoring organizations or 501 ©(3) organizations. Where applicable, The Madison West Kiwanis Foundation must be named/credited for funding the grant.

Grant selection is based on thoughtfully considered and documentable needs, and on proposals prepared thereon. The process of solicitation, evaluation, and selection of proposals is both open and structured. Random funding requests to Madison West Kiwanis, outside this process, will be evaluated by the Club Board rather than the Foundation, but are rarely granted.

Other Grant Guidelines

Grants may be made to churches and other religious organizations if:

       The program or project otherwise meets these grant criteria, and
       The grant is unrelated to a religious purpose, and
       The grant does not have the effect of promoting a religion or sect.

Grant proposals must be submitted or renewed on an annual basis. However, individual donors to the Foundation may stipulate that their gifts be used to support continuing, long-term programs.

Generally, grants will not be approved for:

Programs that are primarily athletic or recreational in nature.
Any political campaign or effort to influence legislation in connection with any public office.