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Nonprofit Management Fund grant guidelines 

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


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Applicant Eligibility

Small and medium-sized private, nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)3) organizations, which have been incorporated for at least two years and serve Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, or Waukesha counties. Applicants must have an annual operating budget of at least $25,000 and no greater than $3 million.

Religious organizations will be considered for project support if the proposed work serves the general community and neighborhood beyond the membership of the applicant. Projects to promote a particular denomination or faith will be ineligible.

The fund will not award grants to organizations with a primary mission of grantmaking.

In order for a statewide organization to be considered for funding, 70 percent of its work must be in the greater Milwaukee area.

Business Improvement Districts or other entities that have a taxing authority are ineligible to apply

Grant Awards

  • Grants awarded will be project specific, nonrenewable, and range from $1,000 – $10,000.
  • Grants will not be made for general operating support, office equipment or furnishings, construction or rehabilitation of facilities, emergency repairs, payroll needs, debt liquidation, or routine financial audits.
  • The fund does not support general program planning, program evaluation, or community needs assessment.
  • The fund will not underwrite expenses associated with capital campaigns, including feasibility studies.
  • The fund will not consider funding for independent contractors to perform staff functions.