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.

Mary L. Nohl Fund Cycle Two grantmaking will focus on arts programming that strengthens the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.

*Please note that this cycle organizations should use the Thriving Communities application for all arts requests including the Mary L. Nohl Fund.

Grantmaking priorities – Cycle Two

  • Creation and exhibition of art that engages the community in creative and substantive ways
  • Programming that cultivates and supports an appreciation of diverse cultures and art forms
  • Projects that integrate arts and creativity into community planning and development

Priority will be given to arts programming that:

  • Enhances vacant or underused spaces within neighborhoods with artwork
  • Involves artists of color in project planning and execution
  • Promotes community engagement
  • Involves community members in project planning and execution
  • Includes a plan for maintaining neighborhood art created through the project


Grants are made to 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations serving people in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties. Eligible nonprofits must have board membership that comprises at least 10 percent people of color. Multi-year requests will be considered. Grants may NOT be used for facility renovations or capital projects. Organizations are encouraged to include other sources of revenue within project budgets. NOTE: Grant recipients with open Mary L. Nohl Fund grants or overdue final reports are not eligible to apply.

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.