In 2021, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation will open three grant cycles using a one-step application process. Operating, project, and capital requests will be accepted in each cycle. Please note: An organization may only submit one application per cycle. Please refer to the Grantmaking FAQs page for answers to commonly asked questions about the Foundation’s grantmaking process.

The calendar below lists the grantmaking priorities and deadlines for each cycle. Click on the links to learn more about the priorities and who to contact for questions or to discuss potential projects.

*An organization may only submit one application per cycle


MKE Responds Fund

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation, in partnership with local philanthropists and funders, has created a fund to respond to community needs caused or deepened by COVID-19. The MKE Responds Fund will provide resources to organizations working in the greater Milwaukee area with communities disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this pandemic.

We are accepting applications for projects focused on helping to meet the food needs of children and families living in Milwaukee.

Current Funding Priority:

  • FOOD: Ensuring nonprofits can secure, purchase, and distribute food to children and families living in Milwaukee.

The fund will consider proposals from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. An eligible fiscal sponsor may apply on behalf of an organization that is not a 501(c)(3). Grant decisions will be made by a Fund Advisory Committee.


Cycle 1 Funding Priorities

Aging and Older Adults – Services and programs for low-income seniors
Housing – Quality affordable housing, pathways to homeownership and eviction prevention
Basic Needs – Food access and distribution and temporary shelter support
Arts and Culture – Visual, performing and multidisciplinary arts, and arts education

Application open

 

Nov. 9

Application close

 

Nov. 30

Board meeting

 

March 17


Cycle 2 Funding Priorities

Mental Health – Access to care and services to address trauma and mental health needs
Medical Research – Address health disparities in disease and chronic illness
Arts and Culture – Visual, performing, and multidisciplinary arts, and arts education
Environment – Protection and conservation of environmental assets and strengthening of local and community-based food systems
Basic Needs – Food access and distribution and temporary shelter support
Equitable Economic Opportunity – Entrepreneurship and small business

Application open

 

Feb. 22

Application close

 

March 15

Board meeting

 

June 16


Cycle 3 Funding Priorities

Basic Needs – Food access and distribution and temporary shelter support
Healthy Birth Outcomes  –  Access to care and support
Early Childhood Education Facility Upgrades - Quality and access improvements
Community Capacity – Resident-led neighborhood priorities and solutions
Arts and Culture – Visual, performing, and multidisciplinary arts, and arts education

Application open

 

Aug. 23

Application close

 

Sept. 13

Board meeting

 

Dec. 15


Other grant opportunities

A number of our funds each have their own separate grant cycles and application deadlines. For more information, visit the other grant opportunities page.

Grants Portal Access

Contact Us

Brad-1322-web-1.jpgFor questions with the application process, contact Brad Ambelang.