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. Stay tuned for the 2020 Local Spark Award in August.


Congratulations to our 2019 Local Spark Award Winners!

Village of Osceola—Let's PLAY Program
The “Let’s PLAY Program” (Promoting Livability All Year) addresses livability and quality of life in the Village of Osceola. The program and project proposal’s goals are to create activated social gathering places for people of all ages, generating a space where people love to connect and live.

In partnership with the Main Street Organization, the Osceola Public Library, Osceola High School and the Osceola Senior group, the 2019 Local Spark award will support intergenerational activities by funding art supplies, games, signs, equipment and more.

“The Let’s PLAY program will bring more playfulness, joy and delight to Osceola to promote social interaction among different generations and community groups year-round,” wrote Germaine Ross in her proposal.


City of Rice Lake—Painted Crosswalks
The Local Spark Award will go toward enhancing Main Street in Rice Lake by not only increasing pedestrian safety but also helping to beautify the community through painted crosswalks. With the goal of creating a community-based project and having classrooms of students help design and paint the crosswalks, painted crosswalks that describe the nearby business such as the library and game store will create a fun and vibrant scene in Rice Lake.

Kianna Lindh wrote in her proposal, “This will brighten the vision of our community through colorful art on Main Street.”


City of West Allis—Fall Prevention
The vision of the West Allis Fire Department is to create the safest community in the nation through the strategic use of preventative measures, community outreach and emergency mitigation. To achieve this goal, the Fire Department looks to address the leading cause of injury-related deaths among persons aged 65 years and older—falls.

The Local Spark Award will help fund fall prevention hardware in the homes of at-risk populations, with the hope of reducing the number of people who fall in their homes.

West Allis Fire Chief, Mason Pooler, wrote in his proposal, “By assisting people in creating a safer home environment, our community will brighten by having a safe and healthier population, less reliant on 9‑1‑1 services to stay at home.”

Top 20 Honorable Mentions

  • Aja Taylor, Lancaster
  • Brian Parsons, La Farge
  • Carrie Brudos, De Soto
  • Denise Pieroni, Delevan
  • Joan Roehre, Racine
  • Karen Jaeckels, Wauwatosa
  • Katie Newcomb, Johnson Creek
  • Lorie Wuttke, Delevan
  • Madelin Petz, Wisconsin Rapids
  • Melissa Sommers, Eau Claire
  • Roy Atkinson, Altoona
  • Sara Rabas, Kewaunee
  • Sarah Braun, Edgerton
  • Susan Mueller, Readstown
  • Ted Johnson, Pepin
  • Tim Swiggum, Owen
  • Tracy Propst, Beaver Dam

What is the Local Spark Award?