Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation
Our MIssion

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation contribution to broadcasting in Wisconsin encompasses a strategic, long term vision for enhancing, promoting and supporting the broadcast industry by encouraging the preservation of broadcast history, participating in public affairs activities in the State of Wisconsin and providing educational opportunities for professional broadcasters and those who seek future careers in the broadcast industry.

The Educational Support Grant Program was created by the WBA Foundation in 2000 to award up to $10,000 annually to assist non-profit college and technical school broadcast education programs in acquiring equipment, hardware, software and/or other teaching materials that are necessary to conduct broadcast education programs and promote careers in broadcasting. Due to the program’s excellent response, in the last 17 years, the Foundation Board has approved $172,427 in Educational Support Grants.

Educational Support Grants Total $7,235 in 2017

The WBA Foundation has awarded 4 grants totaling $7,235 under its Educational Support Grants Program for 2017.  The following grants were approved by the Foundation Board at the WBA/WBA Foundation Joint Board Meeting in June:

  • UW-Green Bay ($3,431)
  • UW-Madison ($354.80)
  • UW-Oshkosh ($2,250)
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College ($1,200)

Below are Guidelines for the 2018 Educational Support Grant Program:

2018 WBA Foundation Educational Support Grant Program

Grant Pool: Up To $10,000 Annually

Number of Grants: Variable within the $10,000 limit

Grant restrictions: Grants can be used for equipment, hardware, software or other materials used in teaching in broadcast education programs and/or to promote careers in broadcasting. The support equipment or materials acquired can be used in either the classroom or in broadcast facilities. No part of any grant can be used to fund financial support for faculty or support staff.

Matching & Other Participation Requirements: There are no requirements for matching funds under the program, however, the presence of matching funding or the integration of grant monies in a larger spending program will be taken into account by the WBA Foundation.

Consideration to the WBA Foundation: A regular annual report for a period of at least two years to the WBA Foundation Board regarding the progress of students for two years after they leave the grantee’s program is requested. Appropriate recognition, in an ongoing fashion, of the WBA Foundation grant is requested and grant applications should include a statement indicating how this will be accomplished.

2018 Deadline: Grant applications must be received in the WBA Foundation Office, 44 E. Mifflin Street, Suite 900, Madison, WI 53703, by Friday, April 20.  Grants will be awarded by July 25 and grant funds may be disbursed upon request any time after the awards are announced.