In 2019, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation will open three grant cycles.  Each cycle will focus on targeted strategies within its racial equity and inclusion framework and the interconnected and mutually reinforcing ideas of Connected People and Thriving Communities.  

In the third cycle, applicants seeking funding for programs outside of the targeted strategies will need to complete a general application letter of inquiry. The letters of inquiry which are advanced will be invited to complete a full proposal. 

The calendar below lists the grantmaking priorities and deadlines for each cycle.


Cycle 1- Grantmaking priorities and dates

Connected People – early childhood education capital projects
Thriving Communities – physical environment (housing, environment, and mental health)

                  Grant applications open: Nov. 19, 2018

                  Grant applications close: Dec 7, 2018

                  Board meeting: March 13, 2019


Cycle 2- Grantmaking priorities and dates

Connected People – early childhood education teacher development and recruitment
Responsive Grantmaking – Arts and Culture (projects/programs NOT in Metcalfe Park, Sherman Park East, Muskego Way, Clarke Square, Harambee, North Division and Silver Spring neighborhoods)

                  Grant applications open: March 4, 2019

                  Grant applications close: March 15, 2019

                  Board meeting: June 12, 2019


Reasons for Hope MKE 

Grant application opens: March 4, 2019

Grant application closes: March 15, 2019

Advisory Committee meeting: April 12, 2019

Grants announced: May 17, 2019


Cycle 3 Grantmaking priorities and dates

Connected People – Healthy Birth Outcomes
Thriving Communities - Community Capacity, Equitable Economic Opportunity and Arts & Culture (projects/programs ONLY in Metcalfe Park, Sherman Park East, Muskego Way, Clarke Square, Harambee, North Division and Silver Spring neighborhoods) and Basic Needs RFP (project and capital)

          General application letters of inquiry open: Jul. 29, 2019

          General application letters of inquiry close: Aug. 8, 2019

          General application full proposals open (invited applicants): Aug 26, 2019

          Targeted strategies grant applications open:  Aug. 26, 2019

          Targeted strategies and full proposal grant applications close:  Sept. 20, 2019

          Board meeting: Dec. 4, 2019


Other grant opportunities

A number of our funds each have their own separate grant cycles and application deadlines. For more information, visit the other grant opportunities page.

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Contact Us

Brad-1322-web-1.jpgFor questions or issues with the application process, contact the Program and Grants Associate.