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?
Racial equity and inclusion means 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 submit an application for a program and additionally act as a fiscal agent for another organization and submit on their behalf during the same cycle?
Yes, but the organization acting as the fiscal agent will need to contact the Grants Management team to gain access to submit two applications.

Can an organization submit several applications in the same fiscal year?
If an organization is not awarded funding in one cycle they may submit a new application in a subsequent cycle if the request aligns with that cycle’s funding strategies.

What will be the focus of the targeted application for capital requests in cycle three be?
Capital requests this cycle will focus exclusively on improving food service, shelter operations and facilities.

Do the projects need to be new or can they be existing projects?
An organization may submit a new or existing project that aligns with the cycle’s funding strategies.

What about a religious organization that does not have a Federal Form 990. Are we still eligible?
Religious organizations are eligible to apply for support of nonsectarian projects but must provide Group Ruling documentation and a W-9.

What are the focus areas for the Responsive Grantmaking in cycle two?
Basic Needs, health and the environment.

What is the difference between a Targeted Grant Application and a Responsive Application?
A targeted grant application focuses on a narrow set of priorities identified by the Foundation during a specific cycle. A responsive application supports projects that fit within a broader set of priorities.

Can requests for performing arts projects be submitted to the Mary L. Nohl Fund?
Yes, this cycle the Mary L. Nohl Fund will be pooled with other arts funds and will accept visual and performing arts projects.

There has been a cycle that included proposals for third grade literacy. Will that be a focus area in cycle three of this year?
No, third grade literacy continues to be work that the Foundation supports. There will be future funding opportunities focused on K-12 success.

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

Do all grant requests for the 2018 third cycle need to be for the four focus neighborhoods?
No, only requests for community capacity building and equitable economic opportunities must be for projects in Harambee, Metcalfe Park, Muskego Way and Sherman Park.

Are capital campaign grants limited to food banks and shelters?
No, capital grant requests are not limited to food banks and shelters.  However, it is focused exclusively on improving food service, shelter operations and facilities to meet the basic needs of individuals and families.  

Can an organization submit two applications, one for the Mary L. Nohl Fund and another of the Foundation’s competitive grant applications during the same cycle?
An organization can only complete and submit one application per cycle

What are the four focus neighborhoods for the thriving communities work?
The four neighborhoods are Harambee, Metcalfe Park, Muskego Way and Sherman Park.

Do you make grants to 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.

Do you fund salaries and operating expenses?
We do not fund ongoing operating expenses but we do fund requests for programming that may include salaries.

Do you give any multi-year grants?
Yes, we may provide multiple year funding.

Do you provide emergency funding?
As community needs arise, the Foundation tries to be as responsive as possible. Funding for emergencies requires a discussion with one of the Community Impactt program officers.

Do you sponsor special events?
Funding for special events must align with the Foundation’s priorities and requires. Requests should be submitted in writing to one of the Community Impact program officers


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