The Greater Milwaukee Foundation holds a competitive grant process each quarter to award funding from our unrestricted and field of interest funds. Eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofits in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties may apply.

A number of our funds have separate funding priorities, guidelines and deadlines.

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Basic steps to apply:

1. Complete a profile for your organization on Foundant 

Only agencies with completed and visible profiles are eligible to apply. Please review the instructions for more information.

2. Review our competitive grantmaking priorities and guidelines 

Our grants are focused on our strategic priorities – Connected People and Thriving Communities and a four-county service area. Our special funds have separate funding priorities and guidelines.

3. Complete an application (Foundant login required)

Proceed to Foundant to review the appropriate grant application and complete the online proposal.

4. Staff review 

Meetings with the applicant or site visits are arranged, when needed, to clarify the proposal. Only completed proposals are considered for submission to the Board.

5. Board review 

Our Board's Community Impact Committee reviews proposals each cycle and makes recommendations to the full Board. The Board has final approval.

6. Notification 

All applicants receive notification of the Board's action following its quarterly meetings. Grantees must adhere to the terms of the grant agreement. 

After a grant has been awarded:

1. Follow the publicity guidelines
2. Print and complete the progress and final report forms

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For questions with the application process, contact Michelle Burton.