The Greater Milwaukee Foundation holds a competitive grant process each quarter to award funding from our unrestricted and field of interest funds. Eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofits in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties may apply.

A number of our funds have separate funding priorities, guidelines and deadlines.

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Basic steps to apply:

1. Complete a profile for your organization on Philanthropy Online 

Only agencies with completed and visible profiles are eligible to apply. Please review the instructions for more information.

2. Review our competitive grantmaking priorities and guidelines 

Our quarterly grants are focused on our two main grantmaking areas and a four-county service area. Our special funds have separate funding priorities and guidelines.

3. Submit a letter of inquiry (POL login required)

Our Community Investment staff will determine if the project merits further consideration in light of available resources and current priorities.

4. Complete a full proposal (POL login required)

If encouraged to apply, proceed to POL to  review the appropriate grant application and complete the online proposal.

5. Staff review 

Meetings with the applicant or site visits are arranged, when needed, to clarify the proposal. Only completed proposals are considered for submission to the Board.

6. Board review 

Our Board's Community Investment Committee reviews proposals each quarter and makes recommendations to the full Board. The Board has final approval.

7. Notification 

All applicants receive notification of the Board's action following its quarterly meetings. Grantees must adhere to the terms of the grant agreement. 

After a grant has been awarded:

1. Follow the publicity guidelines
2. Print and complete the progress and final report forms

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For questions or issues with the application process, contact the Program and Grants Associate.