In 2020, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation will open three grant cycles using a one-step application process without the traditional letter of inquiry. 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. Capital requests will be accepted as indicated. Click on the links to learn more about the priorities and who to contact to discuss potential projects or questions. *An organization may only submit one application per cycle.


Cycle 1

Targeted Funding Priorities:

  • Physical Environment – Affordable housing and homeownership 
    (Projects/programs ONLY in Metcalfe Park, Sherman Park East, Muskego Way, Clarke Square, Harambee, North Division, Silver Spring, Halyard Park and Brewers Hill neighborhoods)

Responsive Funding Priorities:

  • Health – Increase access to care and/or promote health education
  • Medical Research - Address health disparities in disease and chronic illness

Applications open: Nov. 18, 2019

Applications close: Dec 6, 2019

Board meeting: March 11, 2020

This grant opportunity is currently closed for 2019.


Cycle 2

Targeted Funding Priorities:

Responsive Funding Priorities:

  • Aging and Older Adults – Services and programs for low income seniors
  • Arts and Culture (project and capital requests) – Arts education and access, participation and engagement in the arts 
  • Environment – Protection and conservation and community based food systems

Applications open: Feb. 24, 2020

Applications close: March 13, 2020

Board meeting: June 10, 2020


Cycle 3

Targeted Funding Priorities:

The following two funding priorities are for projects/programs ONLY in Metcalfe Park, Sherman Park East, Muskego Way, Clarke Square, Harambee, North Division, Silver Spring, Halyard Park and Brewers Hill neighborhoods:

Responsive Funding Priorities:

  • Arts & Culture – Arts education and access, participation and engagement in the arts
  • Basic Needs (project and capital requests) – Emergency shelters and food pantries

Applications open: Aug. 10, 2020

Applications close: Aug. 28, 2020

Board meeting: Dec. 4, 2020 


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 or issues with the application process, contact Brad Ambelang.