In 2023, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation will accept applications for projects, capital, and general operating requests that align with funding priorities in all three cycles. 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 discuss potential projects. 

Cycle 1 Funding Priorities 

  • Housing – Quality affordable housing, pathways to homeownership, and eviction prevention
  • Arts and CultureVisual, performing, and multidisciplinary arts, and arts education 
  • Physical Health – Address disparities and increase access to care
  • Medical Research- Address health disparities in disease and chronic illness

Application open


Oct. 31

Application close


Nov. 21

Board meeting


March 21

Cycle 2 Funding Priorities 

  • Aging and Older Adults – Support services and programs to address disparities and increase access to care
  • Basic Needs – Food access and distribution and temporary shelter support
  • Workforce Development – Job creation, job training, job placement, and other workforce strategies

There will not be an open Early Childhood Education application this cycle. The portfolio will focus on the development of the state-of-the-art early childhood education center in ThriveOn King. An application will open in cycle 3. 

Application open


Feb. 6

Application close


Feb. 27

Board meeting


June 20

Cycle 3 Funding Priorities 

Application open


Aug. 3

Application close


Aug. 24

Board meeting


Dec. 5

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.

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Contact Us

For questions with the application process, contact Michelle Burton.