The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is seeking proposals from food pantries, food banks, community gardens, meal sites and shelters for capital and project requests. The goal is to improve food service, facilities, services and operations to help meet the basic needs of individuals and families.

2023 Dates 

Application opens   Feb. 6
Application closes   Feb. 27
Board meeting   June 20


Must be a 501(c)(3) food pantry, food bank, community gardens, meal site or shelter serving Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and/or Washington counties. Eligible nonprofits must have board membership that is at least 10 percent people of color.

*Basic needs organizations operating in a leased or donated space must contact Associate Program Officer Danielle Breen at 414-272-5805 to discuss the project before applying.

Use of funds

Funds may be used for services, remodeling existing facilities or to purchase equipment to meet a demonstrated need for improved or expanded services or an unmet community need. Grant amounts may range from $1,000 to $50,000.

Funds may not be used for purchase/repair of a vehicle or paying off debt from completed projects.

Application process

Review the steps in the Grant Application Process section and then log on to Foundant to complete your application. 

Grant materials

Attached are the application questions. Use this list to prepare your answers prior to working through the application. 

Required attachments

  • Year to date income and expense statement and balance sheet
  • Most recent Form 990
  • Most recent audited financial statements and notes


Grants Portal Access

hines-janel.jpgContact Us

For questions about the application process, contact Janel Hines.