The Sixth Annual Local Spark Grant Program Information

Local Spark

Thank you for your interest in the Local Spark Award! Each year the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and WEA Trust grant three $3,000 awards to Wisconsin cities and villages. Our goal is to support local people with the vision, passion and drive to spark something special in their community.

The 2019 Local Spark Award is now closed. Winners will be announced at the League of Wisconsin Municipalities Annual Conference.


Congratulations to our 2018 Local Spark Award Winners!

Village of Campbellsport—Outdoor Ice-Skating Rink

The vision is to provide the Campbellsport community a safe, entertaining, recreation, winter activity for all ages that enhances health, connections and encourages unity by providing an outdoor ice-skating rink.

The village will have the opportunity to create planned social events and there will be no entrance fees for the ice-skating rink.

“Equally important, this is a lost winter tradition brought back to Campbellsport that families will remember for years to come,” wrote David Krebs, Village of Campbellsport President.

City of Whitehall—Welcome Sign

The Local Spark Award will help preserve and protect wood carvings from a historic Whitehall Norway Spruce and use them as an attractive Welcome to Whitehall sign in the city park. The old Norway Spruce Christmas tree was decorated each year for the holidays since 1928 and had to be removed two years ago for railroad and highway improvements.

Ellen Koxlien wrote in her proposal, “The carvings made from logs salvaged from the tree will preserve those memories and bring reflection of good times growing up in the Whitehall area.”

City of New Richmond—Historic Walking Tour

Noah Wiedenfeld of New Richmond submitted a proposal to increase awareness of local history by developing a historic walking tour for mobile devices that highlights historic homes, businesses and other landmarks. The project idea was developed by some of the current cohort of the New Richmond Area Community Foundation’s Leadership Trust Initiative and would gather information and photographs by using resources at the public library and the local museum.

“This project has the potential to bring different generations together to learn and celebrate our local history and to create a greater sense of place and community in the process,” wrote Wiedenfeld.

Top 20 Honorable Mentions

  • Abby Attoun, City of Middleton
  • Adam Sonntag, City of Hillsboro
  • Aja Taylor, City of Lancaster
  • Amanda Tupper, City of Mineral Point
  • Catherine Malke, Peshtigo
  • Christopher Smith, South Milwaukee
  • Janet Winters, City of Adams
  • Jean Schneller, Sauk City
  • Kalee Hermanson, City of Superior
  • Lybra Olbrantz, Milwaukee
  • Melissa Ebsch, City of Marinette
  • Mike Wiza, Stevens Point
  • Robert Albrecht, City of Wauwatosa
  • Rosalie Yanacheck, Village of Trempealeau
  • Roy Atkinson, City of Altoona
  • Tyler Mosley, Janesville

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