The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is seeking proposals from food pantries, food banks, community gardens, meal sites and shelters for capital improvement projects. The goal of capital improvement projects is to improve food service and shelter operations and facilities to meet the basic needs of individuals and families.

2019 Dates 

Aug. 26


Grant applications open

Sept. 20


Grant applications close

Dec. 4


Board meeting


Must be a 501(c)(3) food pantry, food bank, community gardens, meal site or shelter serving Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and/or Washington counties. Eligible nonprofits must have board membership that is at least 10 percent people of color.

*Basic needs organizations operating in a leased or donated space must contact Senior Director of Grant Programs and Strategic Initiatives Janel Hines at 414-272-5805 to discuss the project before applying.

Use of funds

Funds may be used for remodeling existing facilities or to purchase equipment with a demonstrated need for improved or expanded services or an unmet community need. Grant amounts may range from $1,000 to $50,000.

Funds may not be used for purchase/repair of a vehicle or paying off debt from completed projects.

Application process

First time applicants must first create an organizational profile to access the grant application. Not to be confused with the application itself, the profile provides necessary general information about your agency that is not contained in the grant application.

Please review the steps in the How to Apply for a Grant section under the Grant Seekers menu and then click on the “Grants Portal” button at the bottom of the page. You will be taken to a page where you can log into Fluxx to complete your application. 

Grant materials

Attached are the application questions. Use this list to prepare your answers prior to working through the application. 

Required attachments

  • Year to date income and expense statement and balance sheet
  • Most recent Form 990
  • Most recent audited financial statements and notes


Grants Portal Access

hines-janel.jpgContact Us

For questions about the application process, contact Janel Hines.