Grant Materials

Nonprofit Management Fund grant guidelines 

Funding categories and glossary of terms

Budget instructions (PDF)


Contact Us

Denise Patton headshot.pngFor questions about the application process contact Fund Adviser Denise Patton at 414.271.4869 or e-mail.


Grants Portal Access

“Throughout the country, foundations, nonprofit board directors, and managers are realizing that, in the long run, nonprofits’ ability to deliver programs and services is only as good as their overall institutional health, durability, and competence.” 

-Susan Kenny Stevens
“Nonprofit Lifecycles: Stage-based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity”

In other words, “capacity” or capability is essential to a nonprofit’s success in all of these areas. The Nonprofit Management Fund gives small and medium-sized nonprofits the resources to be able to address capacity building in these areas and carry out their missions more effectively.

The Greater Milwaukee, Faye McBeath and Helen Bader foundations launched the Nonprofit Management Fund in 1994. Since that time, other funders have joined the collaborative and the fund has invested more than $8 million in agencies in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha and Washington counties. Today, it continues to support capacity building for small and medium-sized organizations within the nonprofit sector in these communities.

As of 2017, the Nonprofit Management Fund granting cycle has changed. There will only be four (4) cycles per year.

2017 Grant Calendar 

Cycle 1

Feb. 1

Online application opens

Feb. 17

Application closes

Cycle 2

May 1

Online application opens

May 17

Application closes

Cycle 3

August 1

Online application opens

August 16

Application closes

Cycle 4

Nov. 1

Online application opens

Nov. 15

Application closes


How to apply

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. For questions regarding the grant process or proposal development, please contact Denise Patton, fund adviser, at or 414.271.4869.

Required attachments

  • Most recent 990
  • Prior fiscal year actual income and expense statement
  • Most recent audited financial statement and notes
  • Consultant or firm’s work plan describing activities to be implemented
  • Board of Directors list