The Foundation

Investing in our community. Investing in our future.

First Congregational Church of Madison Foundation

Four individuals holding signs that say: Healing House, Prison Ministry, Scholarships, Building RepairsFirst Congregational Church of Madison Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1967 to receive gifts given to First Congregational United Church of Christ (FCUCC). These gifts finance projects expanding the program of Christian activities not included in the Church operating budget but are important in making FCUCC an increasingly dynamic church.

First Congregational Church of Madison Foundation, Inc. is a nonstock, nonprofit corporation organized under Chapter 181 of the Wisconsin Statutes.

Seeds of Hope Grants

Seeds of Hope Grants logoSeeds of Hope: Grants for Building an Equitable Community

Seeds of Hope Social Justice Grants, administered by First Congregational Church of Madison Foundation, are available to organizations in Dane County to implement and support innovative programs and initiatives that advance social justice in ways consistent with the United Church of Christ’s missions. 

Grants are open to community-based organizations, neighborhood groups, cooperatives, non-profits, faith groups, and others who are working to make Dane County’s communities just and equitable for all. 501(c)(3) status is not required. Grants are not available to individuals. 

Groups led by members of traditionally marginalized communities and groups which do not have access to other grant-giving programs are encouraged to apply. Collaborative projects that bridge racial, economic, or other social divides, will be given priority.

Applications open January 1, 2022. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2022. Grants are awarded in three tiers: up to $2,500 annually; greater than $2,500 but no more than $10,000 annually; and greater than $10,000, but no more than $25,000 annually. Applicants may apply for a single year of funding, but multi-year projects up to three years are also welcome.

Frank E. Page Family Scholarship Fund

Piggy bank wearing a graduation cap standing on a stack of booksThe Frank E. Page Family Scholarship Fund, created in 1984 through a bequest of Myrtle Page in memory of her late husband, supports members of six area churches pursuing college or university studies.

Members of the following churches are eligible to apply for scholarships from the Page Scholarship Fund:

  • First Congregational United Church of Christ of Madison
  • Lake Edge United Church of Christ
  • Madison Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
  • Madison Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ
  • Mazomanie United Church of Christ
  • Windsor Congregational United Church of Christ

Individual scholarship range between $1,000 and $2,000 each year. Applicants from eligible churches should be planning to begin, or continue, education at any accredited 2- or 4-year college or university; should have a record of academic achievement; service to church and community; and demonstrated financial need. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2022; contact scholarships@firstcongmadison.org for an electronic application.