Apply for a Youth Grant

The criteria for the grant are: 

  1. To be considered for funding by the Madison Civics Club, an organization must qualify as a non-profit and include a copy of the organization's 501(c)(3) or equivalent determination letter from the IRS. Organizations affiliated with public schools meet this criteria.
  2. Worthy student-led project that has evidence of student involvement: identifying needs, generating ideas, writing action plans, participation and evaluation.
  3. Community service without political bias 
  4. Relevance of group’s mission to and/or interest in a speaker’s topic

Applications are accepted at any time but no later than three weeks prior to an event:

Saturday, September 10, 2016, for the October 1 meeting with Charles Franklin
Saturday, October 15, 2016, for the November 5 meeting with Erin Winkler
Saturday, February 11, 2017 for the March 4 meeting with Richard Halverson
Saturday, March 18, 2017, for the April 8 meeting with Kelly Wilz

You can apply in several ways:

  • Complete the fillable PDF Youth Grant Application. Save and email or mail the completed application, including signed Assurance Statement to the address below.
  • Complete the Youth Grant Application online. If your group is selected, you will need to provide a hard copy of the signed Assurance Statement, which you can download here
  • Send an email to, in which you include all the information requested on the application form. If your group is selected, you will need to provide a hard copy of the signed Assurance Statement.
  • Print the Youth Grant Application (PDF file), complete it on paper, and mail the completed application, including signed Assurance Statement to:

     Deanna Fischer
     Youth Grants Co-Chair
     785 Miller Dr.
     Oregon, WI 53575

Awards of up to $1000 will be given. If your application is chosen for an award, the club requires that a group of your students and an adult chaperone attend the club meeting. Meetings are held on Saturdays, and the group will be at the meeting from the 10 am reception with the speakers and board members, through the speaker’s question-and-answer period, ending at about 1:00 pm. Please be sure you and your students are aware of the meeting day expectations. Names of the students and chaperones attending and any dietary restrictions with the luncheon must be provided to Deanna Fischer ten days prior to the meeting. 

  1. At the Madison Civics Club meeting when your group is honored, a student will give a one-minute acknowledgment of the grant and briefly state how the funds will be used. This statement will be submitted to the Youth Grant co-chairs one week prior to the meeting in which the group will be honored.
  2. By June 1, 2017, your group will be required to submit a final written report to Madison Civics Club on how the funds received were used. In accordance with IRS rules, this report must include: 
                          Original proposal
                          Summary of exactly how the award was used. 

An old-fashioned hand-written thank you is not required, but is appreciated. 

Madison Civics Club, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
P.O. Box 46472
Madison, WI 53744-6472
(608) 422-3062

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