The Summer Grants for Kids program, launched in 2013, supports supervised summer programs and activities that would normally be unavailable to children and young adults in the four-county area.

Grantmaking priorities

The goal is to support specific summer programs and activities that will:

  • Introduce kids to new experiences that will be enriching and fun 
  • Challenge kids to discover, learn and grow through opportunities normally unavailable to them 
  • Provide creative educational opportunities for youth with the greatest needs 
  • Encourage participation of parents, family members or other guardians 
  • Send kids back to school with great memories of summer and ready to learn

Evaluation criteria

  • Capacity of the organization to undertake the project 
  • Extent that the project builds upon existing resources and service 
  • Quality and effectiveness of the project 
  • Level of coordination and cooperation with other organizations 
  • Fills a gap in the community


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.

Use of Funds

All grant funds must be utilized according to the project plan during the summer of 2017.

This will be the last year of the current format of Summer Grants for Kids. The 2018 process will be revised to reflect greater alignment with key Foundation strategies.

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.

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fenceroy-jeannie.jpgFor questions about the application process, contact Jeannie Fenceroy


Recent Grants

Foundation awards $17K via summer grants program.