The Mary L. Nohl Fund supports projects that increase art appreciation, and enhance the arts and arts education, with emphasis on visual arts programming.  

Grantmaking priorities

  • Artist-in-residence programs within community agencies or educational environments 
  • Creation and exhibition of art that involves the community in creative and substantive ways

Evaluation criteria

  • Emphasis on visual arts 
  • Targets individuals underserved by arts programming 
  • Quality of project as evidenced by long-term impact and measurable outcomes 
  • Collaborative programs involving multiple organizations or artists


Grants are made only to 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations and, on occasion, to governmental agencies. Geographically, funding for our discretionary grantmaking program is limited to projects that will significantly improve the lives of people living in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties. Grants for ongoing operational costs or to individuals are ineligible for support from the Foundation's discretionary funds.

The Foundation is committed to promoting equity and inclusion with a focus on racial equity in our community. This commitment applies to our grantmaking. Nonprofit board diversity is the first of many things we will consider. Eligible nonprofits must have board membership that is at least 10 percent people of color. The term “people of color” refers to African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans and all other persons who are not categorized as white by the U.S. Census.

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Use of funds

Projects related to the visual arts. Grants may NOT be used for facility renovations or capital projects.

Application Process

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 Grant” button at the bottom of the page. You will be taken to a page where you can log on to Philanthropy Online to complete your application. If you are a first-time applicant, please fill out the new user registration form first.

For questions regarding the grant process or proposal development, please contact Lynn Lucius, consultant for the Nohl Fund, at or 414.708.5966.

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For questions about the application process, please contact Lynn Lucius.