From time to time, we receive notices that funding opportunities exist for various groups and organizations. As an organization dedicated to promoting tourism throughout Jefferson County, we’ve created this page to let you know what those opportunities are. Please check back often as notices come in frequently.
Connect Communities Program from WEDC
Connect Communities Program
I wanted to make sure to let you know about the Connect Communities Program which has just been launched. “Connect Communities is designed to offer technical assistance resources, create networking opportunities and connect local leaders to financial/technical assistance programs. The program is offered to communities that have an interest in revitalizing their downtowns/urban commercial districts. The program will reach out to many downtowns/urban commercial districts of all sizes and is seen as a complementary program to WEDC’s very successful Wisconsin Main Street Program. In fact, successful Connect Communities may choose to eventually apply for Wisconsin Main Street status.” Please check out the following link for additional information on the program as well as details on how to apply: . Applications for 2012 are being accepted until December 13.
Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) Participation Lending Program
Notice eligible projects under 1)F include Recreational and tourism facilities serving to attract visitors to the state
Hiking Trail Projects Supported Nationwide
American Hiking Society: National Trails Fund
The National Trails Fund, sponsored by American Hiking Society (AHS), provides funding to grassroots nonprofit organizations throughout the country working toward establishing, protecting, and maintaining foot trails in America. The Fund’s grants, ranging from $500 to $5,000, help give local groups the resources they need to secure access, volunteers, tools, and materials to protect America’s public trails. The following types of grants will be considered for the 2013 program: projects that have hikers as the primary constituency; projects that secure trail lands, including acquisition of trails and trail corridors and the costs associated with acquiring conservation easements; projects that will result in substantial ease of access, improved hiker safety, and/or avoidance of environmental damage; and projects that promote constituency building surrounding specific trail projects. Applying organizations must be AHS Alliance Members. Applications may be submitted between November 1 and December 15, 2012. Visit the American Hiking Society website for application guidelines as well as information on becoming an AHS Member.
Media Programs Funded
National Endowment for the Humanities
The America’s Media Makers program provides support for projects in the formats of interactive digital media, such as websites, games, mobile applications, virtual environments, streaming video, or podcasts; film and television projects intended for national distribution; and radio projects intended for regional or national distribution. Grant categories include development grants and production grants. The application deadline is January 9, 2013.
Support Available for Museums
Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Museums for America program seeks to strengthen the ability of individual museums to serve the public more effectively. Examples of supported activities include planning, managing, and conserving collections; improving public access; training; conducting programmatic research; school and public programming; producing exhibitions; and integrating new or upgraded technologies into museum operations. The application deadline is January 15, 2013.
The Pepsi Refresh Project
A grant that is pretty much open to everything and anything involving community improvements, civic pride, arts, etc.. Note that Ripon is listed as a success story with a grant funding biking and trails.