The Foundation’s grant programs allow educators to implement creative programs they feel are in their students’ best interest, giving them the tools they need for success. The Foundation has awarded grants every year since its creation to fund creative and innovative programs that are not otherwise supported through the core school budget. With two grant cycles, the Foundation provides funds to all fifty Madison public schools to help students and educators reach their individual and unique academic goals.

Foundation for the Future Grants

The competitive, district-wide 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. Staff can apply to one of three categories: Staff Innovation, Collaborative or Encore, with grants ranging up to $25,000.

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Trail to Success at Chavez Elementary School

Foundation for the Future Grant

The school-based support of individual school endowments is one of the first of its kind for a district our size across the country. Annual income supports programs and needs determined by the school community. Each year, every school has the opportunity to use their endowment funds in new ways, providing educators with the tools necessary for success.

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School Endowments

Success Stories


Meet Melord: JMM Junior/Sound Editor

Melord is passionate about music and sound. Not uncommon for a high school junior. What is uncommon is that he has found a way to turn that passion into learning. And hopefully one day a career. In addition to being a full-time student at Madison Memorial High School, Melord is also a sound editor for local radio programs through the Youth on Air program at the Lussier Community Education Center.

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