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.

Grantmaking priorities – Cycle One

  • Artist-in-residence and arts education programs within community-based settings and traditional or non-traditional educational environments
  • Opportunities for students (preschool to 12th grade) to participate in the arts 
  • Programs that engage and provide hands on experiences in the arts for Opportunity Youth (people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor working) 
  • Creation and exhibition of art that engages the community in creative and substantive ways

Priority will be given to arts programming that:

  • Emphasizes the visual arts 
  • Increases the number of students learning about and through the arts
  • Promotes racial equity and inclusion
  • Encourages collaboration with community-based organizations 
  • Demonstrates a high standard of quality as evidenced by measurable outcomes and anticipated long-term impact


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.