Below are common questions about the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s grantmaking priorities, philosophy and process. If your question is not answered here, please contact a member of our Community Investment team.

What does the Foundation mean when it refers to racial equity and inclusion?
Racial equity and inclusion means equal access for all people, so all can reach their full potential and are no more likely to encounter barriers or benefits based on race or ethnicity.

Can an organization submit an application for a program and additionally act as a fiscal agent for another organization and submit on their behalf during the same cycle?
Yes, but the organization acting as the fiscal agent will need to contact the Grants Management team to gain access to submit two applications.

Can an organization submit several applications in the same fiscal year?
If an organization is not awarded funding in one cycle, it may submit a new application in a subsequent cycle if the request aligns with that cycle’s funding strategies.

What will be the focus of the targeted application for capital requests in cycle three?
The targeted application will focus on our work in neighborhoods.

Do the projects need to be new?
An organization may submit a new or existing project that aligns with the cycle’s funding strategies.

Is a religious organization that does not have a Federal Form 990 eligible?
Religious organizations are eligible to apply for support of nonsectarian projects but must provide a Group Ruling documentation and a W-9.

What are the focus areas for responsive grantmaking in cycle two?
Arts and culture, community development and health. The focus areas may change in the third cycle and will be shared during the next grantee information webinar later this year.

What is the difference between a targeted grant application and a responsive application?
A targeted grant application focuses on a narrow set of priorities identified by the Foundation during a specific cycle. A responsive application supports projects that fit within a broader set of priorities.

Is the Mary Nohl funding specifically for arts education?
Yes. The Mary L. Nohl Fund supports programming that increases the understanding, practice, and appreciation of art, and furthers arts education initiatives, with emphasis on the visual arts.

Last year, there was a cycle that included proposals for third-grade literacy. Will that be a focus area in cycle three of this year?
The Foundation will continue to support third-grade literacy, but in 2018, cycle three will focus specifically focus on neighborhoods. There will be future funding opportunities focused on K-12 success.

What is an evidence-based practice?
Evidence-based practices are activities that have been proven effective through a valid outcome evaluation.

Do you make grants to capital campaigns?
Yes, grants to capital campaigns are considered and are evaluated based on the project for which funds are being raised and if the project is consistent with the Foundation's priorities. The Foundation does not award grants to endowment campaigns.

Do you fund salaries and operating expenses?
We do not fund ongoing operating expenses, but we do fund requests for programming that may include salaries.

Do you give any multi-year grants?
Yes, we may provide multi-year funding.

Do you provide emergency funding?
As community needs arise, the Foundation tries to be as responsive as possible. Funding for emergencies requires a discussion with a member of the Community Investment staff.

Do you sponsor special events?
Funding for special events must align with the Foundation’s priorities and requires a discussion with staff to determine availability of funding.

Will the grants for early childhood care and education fund scholarships for licensed childcare providers in the Milwaukee region to take childcare and education courses?
No, scholarships are not part of the Foundation’s competitive grant application process.


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