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.

2018 Dates

August  27        Application available

October 1         Application deadline

December 5      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 Associate Program Officer Pa Sponcia 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 before receiving access to 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 “Apply for a Grant” button at the bottom of the page. You will be taken to a page where you can log into Philanthropy Online to complete your application. If you are a first-time applicant, you must first fill out the POL New User Registration form.

Please note that this is a single step application so steps 2 and 3 of the How to Apply for a Grant section are not applicable for this RFP. Once you have submitted the application our Community Investment will review and make a determination on whether to fund your project.

Please print a copy of the following instructions for navigating Philanthropy Online.

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


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For questions about the applications process, contact Pa Sponcia.