Funding the future of our parks

The Friends of the Dane County Parks Endowment (managed by the Madison Community Foundation) was established to support education, interpretation, and volunteerism within our County Parks. The fund is permanent and the interest from the fund is used annually to support these three areas of focus.

In 2019, the Foundation for Dane County Parks announced that we would be accepting grant applications from volunteer organizations working on behalf of our County Parks. We were thrilled to be able to fund 11 organizations with a total of $17,284 in grants. Learn more about our 2019 recipients.

We accepted applications for a second round of funding last year, and we're excited to announce the recipients for our 2020 funding round, totaling $7,981.

As we grow the Endowment fund, we will be increasingly able to support the many volunteer and nonprofit organizations supporting our County Parks. If you are interested in being considered for our current round of funding, please complete our grant application.

Download the 2021 Grant Application

Our 2020 funding recipients

The Foundation is excited to announce the grant recipients from our 2020 funding round, totaling $7,981:

$

960

Friends of Anderson Park

Food Pantry Gardens equipment purchases in order to serve two new food pantries.

$

1893

Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area

Updates to stewardship and visitor education materials.

$

2000

Friends of McCarthy Park

Winter ski and snowshoe trail maintenance equipment purchases.

$

2000

Friends of Silverwood Park

Creation of a volunteer recruitment and retention program to build volunteer support.

$

1128

Ice Age Trail Alliance

Educational campaign to stop the spread of invasive species along segments of the Ice Age Trail.

Our 2019 funding recipients

We were able to distribute a total of $17,284 in funding in 2019, our first year offering these grants.

$

1,175

Anderson Park Friends

Rear-tine rototiller to assist volunteers with the pantry garden that will also assist with other volunteer activities related to demonstration plots, and restoration.

$

1,482

Friends of Cam-Rock Park

Equipment for volunteers doing invasive species removal.

$

1,706

Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area

Tools, material, and educational markers and print materials for prairie restoration for prairie classroom.

$

1,995

Friends of Festge Park

Purchase of equipment to assist volunteers with the restoration of Festge Park.

$

1,871

Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy

$1,000 towards the Make a Memory educational programs for senior adults and $871 for the purchase of plants for the Prairie Plant Propagation Garden planted by volunteers and used for educational programs.

$

1,275

Friends of Schumacher Farm Park

Marcella’s Bedroom renovation in the farmhouse museum.

$

2,000

Friends of Silverwood Park

Interpretive signage fabrication for the agroforestry demonstration areas.

$

1,330

Friends of Stewart Park

Domain name, maps, brochures, and speaker to enhance outdoor learning and community involvement.

$

1,500

Prairie Moraine Friends

Creation of content for a restored and moved informational/educational kiosk. The restoration and move of the kiosk will be done by Parks staff with parks funding, and this grant will be used to create content informed by a volunteer kiosk manager who will refresh content a minimum of four times a year.

$

950

Southern Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Oak trees to be planted by volunteers on stream easements to create awareness of how providing shade trees protect coldwater resources.

$

2,000

Upper Sugar River Watershed Association

Creation of the Outdoor Learning Series -- 12 educational events -- in Southwest Dane County.

Submit a grant application

Based on the success of our first round of grants, the board has announced a second round. Applications were due October 31, 2020.

Get the application form