1. Madison Area Sports Commission Youth Grant Summary

DUE DATE: Wednesday, January 12th (5pm CST)
The Madison Area Sports Commission (MASC) youth grant program is a program developed, administered, and funded by the MASC. Designed to serve the youth of Dane County, Wisconsin, the grant program was established following the creation of the MASC with contributions made from the Ironman Community Foundation, individuals, corporations and annual community fundraisers.
The MASC youth grant program strives to assist children in developing healthy lifestyles by introducing them to sports that meet their interests and abilities. Healthy lifestyles help to combat childhood obesity, create positive and emotional connections, and to instill commitment and daily structure to their lives.
To spread limited funds as widely as possible with preference given to candidates who (or programs whose candidates) demonstrate financial need, are in no other extracurricular activities, are willing to answer questions and complete a follow-up survey.
  1. Grants will be made to an organization (or to an organization on behalf of individuals), and not to individuals.
  2. Grant recipients and recipient organizations must reside in and serve Dane County youth ages 17 and under.
  3. Grants will be made only to organizations with open, non-restrictive membership available to all, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, religious belief, or nationality. Gender-specific activities will be considered.
  1. The child or children to be served by the grant are ages 17 and under, residents of Dane County and from a population that is underserved by current sports programs.
  2. A mutual commitment between the sports program and the individuals it serves that extends beyond the term of the grant proposal.
  3. Consideration will be given to the broad scope of sports, including so-called “minor” sports and sports for individual competition, as well as more traditional team sports. The key is not the sport, but aligning individuals with a sport that is consistent with their interests and abilities, as well as the quality of the sports program and opportunity.
  4. The number and overall reach of people the grant application will be impacting.
  5. Whether the efforts of the proposed grant being duplicated among or supported by other community resources.
  6. Whether the sports program will grow and maintain quality as a result of participation.
  7. Transportation requests (for youth to qualified programs) will be considered.
  8. Capital construction requests will be considered under special conditions i.e. when a special need can be established, part of the funding is a matching grant or other devices will supplement the grant, the project can be completed within a reasonable time frame (12 months).
  9. It is highly recommended that the applicant closes out any open or previous grant awards through MASC before re-applying for additional funding. MASC reserves the right to turn down or forward applications to a future grant cycle or wait until all accounts have been paid out completely before considering any additional applications.
  1. The applicant must fill out the grant paperwork and be willing to fill out a follow up report.
  2. The applicant must be willing to be included or mentioned in promotional work including website, public relations, etc.
  3. When a grant is awarded, the MASC Youth Grant Program recognizes that the award provides opportunities for benefits to both parties. The Program reserves the right to expect the following.
    • Acknowledgement in publicity by grantee of MASC donation and association through various media, press releases, social media posts press conferences, publicity, photos, etc.
    • Acknowledgement in publicity within the membership of the grantee organization.
    • Acknowledgement and presence on each other’s respective websites where appropriate.
    • Logos will be provided upon request.
  4. The applicant must submit two (2) references in support of the organization and/or programs.
  5. The applicant must provide us with a completed W-9 form. Form has been made available and can be found by clicking here: http://bit.ly/MASCW-9.
Upon receipt of the application by the MASC, it will be reviewed for eligibility. Grant applications will be reviewed up to twice per year depending on funds available. Additional reviews may be scheduled. Please check the MASC website, http://www.MadisonSports.org to determine the next review period. Grants are reviewed by MASC staff and the MASC Board of Directors review committee, with final approval given by the board.

*Final applicants will be required to participate in a 10-15 minute virtual pitch presentation via Zoom to our external grant committee.

*Finalists will be notified approximately one week prior to provide them with enough time to prepare their final presentations.

*If you have any other questions regarding this matter, please send them directly to holstein@madisonsports.org or visit our website for more information. 
  • Payouts are to be paid on a reimbursable, end of program basis. Preference given to programs beginning after award date.
  • Based on the discretion of the review committee and board, award funds may be paid out 50% up front and 50% upon completion of the follow up report. Depending on the program, some request can be paid out in full immediately given necessary receipts and invoice to process paperwork. 
  • Suggested grant amount request amounts are between $1,000 and $8,000.
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