Amplify Madison

Amplify Madison

Amplify Madison funds collaborative professional development projects to build skill, voice, and visibility for all people that identify as women, including trans women and in particular women of color working in the Madison region’s thriving local community organizations. 

This 2020, Amplify Madison will continue to fund opportunities for teams of three women to travel for professional development around the United States and abroad, to then integrate their learning and wisdom from highly diverse frameworks and contexts to their work and the broader Madison community. 

Amplify Madison is made possible through generous support from the Madison Community Foundation and the Schlecht Family Foundation.

Professional Development 

Each team can select a conference, training or workshop of their choice across the United States or abroad. Previously awarded Amplify Madison teams had transformative learning experiences in Guadalajara, Los Angeles, Rwanda, Chicago, and VIetnam.


Amplify Madison teams of three people from different Madison area organizations. Collaboration is a central value for social justice work and grant proposals that include individuals from different organizations will receive priority.

Community Impact 

Following their completed professional development experiences, each team is expected to co-organize community engagement activities to share and put into practice their knowledge and skills as developed with the greater community of Madison.


Each team of three can request up to $7500 to fund all three aspects of their Amplify Madison proposal:

  1. Participating of the professional development experience of their choice.
  2. Coordination activities between organizations applying together such as planning meetings, reflection meetings and other similar throughout their collaboration. 
  3. Community engagement activities to integrate their learning once they are back in Madison.

Examples of expenses that can be covered are: conference fees, travel, lodging, childcare,  meals, online platform fees, materials and other similar.

Each Expenses Report must be accompanied with itemized receipts for all expenses submitted for reimbursement. Each team will be asked to submit three reports:

  1. One that covers all expenses incurred in advance of the professional development opportunity, such as registration fees and airfare. This could also include costs of materials or other similar for planning meetings.
  2. A second report with all expenses incurred during the professional development opportunity such as per diem costs for transportation and meals.
  3. A third one for all expenses from their community engagement activities, this could include costs for planing meeting as well as direct cost of your community engagement activities e.g. catering, materials, etc.

Each team must plan to implement all three aspects of their Amplify Madison proposal as detailed above between May 2020 and May 2021.

Please note that funding is meant to benefit individual awardees from community organizations in their professional development and community impact, not regular operations from their organizations.

All people that identify as women, including trans women and in particular women of color working in nonprofits, community organizations, neighborhood groups, faith communities, etc.

Applications must be submitted by teams of three women, preferably racially diverse as well as collaborating across organizations and/or sectors for their proposal.

Teams can include members from different roles at organizations, e.g. board members, direct service, volunteers, etc. Application from racially diverse, inter-organizational and/or cross sector teams are highly encouraged.


All teams awarded are expected to participate in:

  • Biannual Amplify Madison Breakfasts which will be an opportunity to connect with each other, share best practices, lessons learned, and further develop their leadership skills 
  • End of the year Amplify Madison Celebration which will be an opportunity to celebrate awardees, their professional development journeys and community impact in Madison.

Additionally, all Amplify Madison awardees must:

  • Provide information about themselves and their teams for their profiles at the Amplify Madison Academy webpage as requested.
  • Designate one of their collaborating organization to take responsibility for submitting Expenses Reports to YWCA Madison.

Amplify Madison awardees will be invited to present at the YWCA Madison’s 2020 Racial Justice Summit.

A full list of commitments and meeting dates will be shared as a part of your awardee package.

Application Process 

Notice dated Tuesday September 1st: Please note the initial application deadline was Monday August 31st. While we will accept applications, your team’s application may be processed during a second selection window only if additional funds remain.

Applying to Amplify Madison just takes submitting a short application form. Additionally, your team can also submit an optional 5 minute phone quality video. Multilingual submissions are welcomed. 

If your team can’t complete the application in one sitting you can download an editable Word document in English or Spanish to prepare your answers before submitting them online. 

We are very excited to host such a great opportunity to empower women in the Madison area. Our entire community will be enriched when we make it possible to build stronger relationships and have more diverse voices sharing knowledge.
Vanessa McDowell, YWCA Madison CEO

Frequent Asked Questions

If you have any questions, please contact Gloria or Jasmia.