Foundation for Madison's Public Schools

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The Foundation is proud to have awarded grants to district staff each year since the 2001-2002 school year. Learn more about the Foundation's grant opportunities.



Foundation for Madison's Public Schools Grant

Every year the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools awards Foundation for the Future Grants to fund creative and innovative programs that are not otherwise supported through the core school budget.  From literacy projects, to sponsoring drumming programs, to funding programs that engage students in science, technology, engineering and math, the Foundation has provided funds to all fifty Madison public schools to help students and educators reach their individual and unique academic goals.

Foundation for the Future Grants are available to all district staff and are awarded to the most creative, innovative, and promising programs in hopes that they will remain sustainable for years to come. Grant awards up to $25,000 and are awarded after a thoughtful, thorough evaluation by the FMPS Grants Committee consisting of educators, community members, and FMPS board members. The grant recipients are notified when FMPS board members, volunteers, and staff unexpectedly arrive to present a giant check!



Lodewick Grants


Grant Requirements


Through the generosity of Christine and Philip Lodewick, funds are available to support collaborative professional growth and research opportunities. Eligible grantees include the 25 MMSD schools in the Partner School Network and the UW faculty/staff working with these schools. Twice yearly, proposals of $500-$3,000 per project will be considered. In order for projects to be considered for funding, a collaboration between the UW and the school or district must exist.


Grant Deadline


A second grant competition will be held in spring 2017.


Molly Garner Carroll at with any questions. Follow this link to access the Lodewick PSN grant proposal.


Here is a link to the rubric and the grant inquiry form.


Click here to see the list of Partner School Network Schools.


MMSD Innovation Grants


The Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) is committed to ensuring that every school is a thriving school with every student ready for college, career and community.

The Innovation Grant Fund will provide funding of up to $30,000 per award to support the planning and implementation of an innovative school-based project for one to two school years. Innovation is defined as the process of trying something new or different that has the potential to address an identified need and produce better outcomes for students.

Individual schools are asked to submit an Intent to Apply that presents a creative, clear, and credible vision for a project that:

  • Aligns with at least one priority area of the MMSD Vision for College, Career, and Community Ready Graduates-MMSD Scholars and the school’s School Improvement Plan for the year(s) in which the project will be implemented and completed.
  • Establishes the school as a “lab of innovation” in which a new or different approach is tested that addresses an identified need and has the potential to improve outcomes for students.
  • Presents a promising scalable model for replication within the district.


Spring 2017


Check out our past Innovation Grant awardees and projects! Click Here!


Marcie Pfeifer-Soderbloom at with any questions. 


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