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About the Local Spark Grant Program

About

Celebrating ideas that make Wisconsin brighter

WEA Trust is a Wisconsin health insurance company that is committed to making our great state a better place. At the Trust, we recognize that the best ideas for Wisconsin’s communities come from the people who live there. That’s why we launched the Local Spark Award – to support local people with the vision, passion and drive to spark something special in their community.

We’ll be awarding three $3,000 grants for community projects and will start accepting entries at the end of July 2017. Check out the FAQ section above to find out more about evaluation criteria.

Partnership with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities

WEA Trust partnered with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities to launch the Local Spark Award in 2014. Like the Trust, the League values the creative spark found in Wisconsin’s cities and villages. A nonprofit and nonpartisan association, the League serves as an expert resource to understanding Wisconsin’s communities.

Together, we hope to support ideas that strengthen Wisconsin—and simply make it a remarkable place to live.

How do I enter?

  1. Download and fill out the proposal form.
  2. Submit your proposal to WEA Trust using our online entry form.
Download Local Spark Proposal Form  Submit My Proposal

Local Spark Judges

WEA Trust and the League are excited to announce the judges of our Local Spark Award! Our panel of community experts includes:

  • Jerry Deschane, Executive Director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities 
  • Terry Estness, Executive Director, Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce
  • Dan Hill, Local Government Specialist at the UW-Extension
  • Mayor Shawn Reilly, City of Waukesha