American Girl's Fund for Children

A magical place for outdoor adventure and learning, the Kids' Garden at CommunityGroundworks was built with support from American Girl's Fund for Children.

American Girl’s Fund for Children is a catalyst for connecting cultural arts and environmental resources with our area children.

Since 1988, the Fund has awarded more than $11 million in grants to numerous Dane County organizations.

Funding is made possible through the Madison Children’s Museum Annual American Girl Benefit Sale of overstock and returned American Girl merchandise. To date, the children’s museum has received more than $13 million in sale proceeds, with the remaining portion returned to the Fund and then re-distributed back into the community to area nonprofits that provide arts, culture, and environmental programs for youth.

Please see the Guidelines section below for changes related to the 2020 grant cycle. 

Projects we are interested in for 2020 will:

  • Enable agencies to interact with and provide arts and environmental services to children in 2020. 
  • Serve children in Dane County.

We do not provide support for the following:

  • Annual operations
  • Endowments, individuals or scholarships
  • Travel funds, benefit tickets, or courtesy advertising
  • Organizations that might in any way pose a conflict with the Fund's goals, programs, products or employees
  • Health and human services programs
  • Capital projects or equipment

Guidelines for 2020 Grants

Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, the Fund for Children guidelines have been have been changed for 2020. 

The grant application has been simplified, and is limited to two pages: a cover form and a one-page narrative.

No budget form or other materials are required for 2020.

If an applicant organization is not a federally registered 501(c)(3), another organization must agree to serve as fiscal agent. A letter of agreement signed by both parties and a copy of the fiscal agent's 501(c)(3) must accompany the proposal.

All grant recipients are required to provide a Final Grant Evaluation including a detailed budget. Past grant recipients will be excluded from further grant consideration if an evaluation has not been completed for prior funding.


Email grant applications to by 4:30 p.m. on August 21st. Please list your organization's name in the email subject line. Award decisions will be announced on September 2nd.

For more information about A Fund for Children’s grants, follow these links: 

2020 Grant Application and Instructions [PDF]

Grant Evaluation Report [PDF]