Grants awarded through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s competitive grant process are reviewed on a quarterly basis by our Community Investment team. The calendar below lists all upcoming deadlines. Community Investment staff will notify grantees about their grant status immediately following the Board of Director’s quarterly meetings.

This quarter the Foundation is accepting applications for (1) strengthening education by supporting high quality experiential learning, (2) capital improvements for shelters or food pantries and (3) medical research.

*Please contact program staff if you have questions about other projects.


Fourth quarter deadlines

1. High quality experiential learning

Nonprofit organizations seeking funding for high quality experiential learning projects must submit a Letter of Inquiry by August 24, 2017.

Please consider submitting a Letter of Inquiry, using our online template, if your organization is NOT an individual school and has a project or initiative that will:

  • Begin after January 1, 2018;
  • Focus on children who will be in preschool through twelfth grade during the 2017-2018 school year;
  • Provide an evidence-based experiential learning opportunity focused on the arts, Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM), or nature-based learning; and
  • Advance racial equity and inclusion the greater Milwaukee Area.
  • Please note: The Foundation cannot accept Letters of Inquiry from individual schools

Evidence-based interventions are activities that have been proven effective through an outcome evaluation. We define racial equity as equal access, opportunity and fairness for all people, so that each can reach their full potential and are no more likely to encounter barriers or be denied benefits based on race or ethnicity.

If you have any questions about eligible projects please contact Jeannie Fenceroy, Senior Program Manager of Education and Scholarships, at 414.336.7046.

To submit a Letter of Inquiry, click for step-by-step instructions.

2. Food pantries or shelters

Food pantries or shelters seeking funding for capital improvement projects must submit an application by October 2, 2017.

Learn more about eligibility, use of funds and the application process

3. Medical research projects 

Nonprofit organizations seeking funding for medical research projects must submit an application by October 2, 2017.

Learn more about eligibility, use of funds and the application process.

2017 Grant Calendar

First quarter

Letter of inquiry available: Nov. 15, 2016

Letter of inquiry deadline: Dec. 1, 2016

Grant application deadline: Jan. 5, 2017

Board meeting: March 20, 2017


Second quarter

*Capital and project requests accepted

Letter of inquiry availableFeb. 6, 2017

Letter of inquiry deadline: Feb. 20, 2017

Grant application deadline: March 27, 2017

Board meeting: June 5, 2017


Third quarter

*Only accepting Strengthening Education applications supporting third-grade reading proficiency

Letter of inquiry availableMay 10, 2017

Letter of inquiry deadline: May 24, 2017

Grant application deadline: June 29, 2017

Board meeting: Sept. 7, 2017


Fourth quarter

*Only accepting applications for projects to strengthening education by supporting high quality experiential learning, (2) capital improvements for shelters or food pantries and (3) medical research.

Letter of inquiry available: August 10, 2017

Basic Needs and Medical Research RFPs available: August 10, 2017

Letter of inquiry deadline: August 24, 2017 (11pm CST)

Grant applications deadline: October 2, 2017 (11pm CST)

Board meeting: December 14, 2017


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