Below are common questions about the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s grantmaking priorities, philosophy, and process. If your question is not answered here, please contact a member of our Community Impact Team.

What does the Greater Milwaukee Foundation mean by Racial Equity and Inclusion? The Foundation defines racial equity and inclusion as equal access for all people, so all can reach their full potential and are no more likely to encounter barriers or benefits based on race or ethnicity.

Can an organization apply for a project and apply as a fiscal agent for another organization in the same cycle? Yes, but the organization must first contact the Grants Management team at

Will the Foundation award grants to fiscal sponsors on behalf of applicants who are not 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations? Yes, provided the fiscal sponsor meets our eligibility criteria. The grant application must be completed by the fiscal sponsor, who will provide all information required, in addition to including supplemental information on the sponsored applicant and the proposed project or program. Please refer to the Fiscal Sponsor Agreement for more information. 

Are funding requests accepted for existing projects? Yes. An organization may submit a request for funding for a new or existing project.

Are religious organizations that do not have a Federal Form 990 eligible for funding? Yes. Religious organizations are eligible to apply for support of nonsectarian projects if they provide Group Ruling documentation and a W-9.

What are evidence-based practices? Evidence-based practices are activities that have been proven effective through a valid outcome evaluation.

Do all grant requests need to focus on the Foundation’s priority neighborhoods?  No, only grant requests that align with Thriving Community priorities: community capacity building, equitable economic opportunities and physical environment must focus on the Foundation’s priority neighborhoods. 

What are the Foundation’s priority neighborhoods? The neighborhoods are Harambee, Metcalfe Park, Muskego Way, Sherman Park East, Clarke Square, North Division, Silver Spring, Halyard Park and Brewers Hill.

Does the Foundation provide grants in support of capital campaigns? Yes, grants to capital campaigns are considered and are evaluated based on the project for which funds are being raised and if the project is consistent with the Foundation’s priorities. The Foundation does not award grants to endowment campaigns.

Does the Foundation provide general operating grants?Yes. The maximum general operating grant is $50,000 or 25 percent of an organization’s budget. 

Does the Foundation give multi-year grants? Yes, we may provide multiple year funding.

Does the Foundation provide emergency funding? As community needs arise, the Foundation tries to be as responsive as possible. Emergency funding requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Organizations should contact a program officer to discuss, 

Does the Foundation sponsor special events? Funding for special events must align with the Foundation’s priorities and requirements. Requests should be submitted in writing to Michelle BurtonGrants & Gifts Administrator


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hines-janel.jpgFor questions on our grantmaking priorities and guidelines, contact Janel Hines.