The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is fully committed to enhancing the quality of life for those who live and work in the greater Milwaukee region. We promote regional vitality by supporting a wide range of organizations and programs that contribute to a thriving community through the following five general areas:

Arts and culture

  • Cultivate and support an appreciation of diverse cultures and art forms
  • Deepen community-based arts education for children and adults
  • Provide access to cultural experiences and programs that support academic achievement

Community economic development

  • Support efforts to provide safe, affordable housing throughout the region
  • Promote entrepreneurship and small business development to build a thriving regional economy
  • Encourage sustainable development in communities which enhance the quality of life


  • Protect significant environmental assets and ensure they are available for public use and enjoyment
  • Strengthen local food systems, particularly those which create opportunities for communities to work and grow together


  • Support residents’ access to quality health care
  • Address pressing health needs and pervasive chronic illness
  • Promote dignity and cultural relevance in health services to vulnerable populations

Human services

  • Support programs that strengthen families throughout the region
  • Provide culturally appropriate services for children and families in crisis
  • Support collaborative approaches in the delivery of services to reduce stress on families

Recent Grants

Bradley Family Foundation: $130,000 to support the Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists Program, an annual program that supports established and emerging artists. The grant also supports the Suitcase Export Fund program, which provides stipends for art exhibitions and screenings.

NAMI Waukesha: $90,000 (over two years)to hire a director of education and outreach who will manage the agency’s mental health education programs and help expand its outreach and community education, particularly for Hispanic and African American communities.

La Casa de Esperanza: $75,000 to support the agency’s Center for Financial Stability, which provides workshops and individual coaching in financial literacy, assists with employment and helps residents obtain the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation: $50,000 to support an oral health advocate for the Smart Smiles Mobile Dental Clinic, which provides urgent and restorative dental care to children in Milwaukee County. The position would promote awareness of the clinic to schools and parents and link children to the care.

Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin: $50,000 towards purchase of equipment, support of an instructor and purchase of curriculum that teaches employment readiness and life skills to individuals with special needs allowing participating in the workforce and help to live an independent life.

Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home Fund: $50,000 to support restoration of six historic buildings on the Milwaukee VA campus that will provide 101 units of housing, supportive programming and services for homeless or veterans at risk of homelessness.

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts: $49,000 to connect almost 11,000 low-income children and youth in Milwaukee to the performing arts through performances at the Marcus Center.

City on a Hill: $35,000 to support medical staff’s outreach to individuals experiencing homelessness and at-risk youth.

Sixteenth Street Community Health Center: $30,000 to support medical supplies needed for its syringe exchange program, which aims to reduce HIV and other bloodborne infections.

Bradley Family Foundation: $25,000 to support an artist residency at the Lynden Sculpture Garden that will bring together six artists of color working individually and collaborative across disciplines.

Good Friend: $25,000 to support its program that teaches autism awareness, acceptance and fosters empathy among students in Milwaukee County.

Milwaukee Artist Resource Network: $25,000 to support strategies of Imagine MKE Arts and Culture Initiative, which brings visual and performing arts to traditionally underserved neighborhoods.

Milwaukee County Historical Society: $25,000 for an exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 18th amendment, which led to the prohibition of alcohol.

Milwaukee Health Care Partnership: $25,000 for the Milwaukee Enrollment Network’s efforts to strengthen enrollment resources through consumer outreach and education and enrollment support to assist low-income and uninsured individuals get and retain health insurance.

MMAC Community Support Foundation: $25,000 to support a project manager who will guide the development and launch of a reimagined and reinvigorated African cultural festival called Black Arts Fest MKE.

Wisconsin Humane Society: $25,000 for its Pets for Life program, a community outreach effort for pet owners residing in 53206 that provides pet care information, resources and veterinary-related services.

Youth and Family Project: $25,000 for a peer-to-peer group and individual counseling for children who have experienced trauma or a difficult life situation.

Milwaukee Artists Resource Network: $20,000 to support the agency’s efforts to provide professional development training to six emerging artists of color in underserved communities.

Serenity Inns: $20,000 for its outpatient program, which provides substance abuse treatment to the men on its residential treatment waiting list.

Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative: $15,000 to hire a full-time program coordinator for its Women Veterans Initiative, which provides supportive services to women veterans by helping meet their basic needs.

Convergence Resource Center: $10,000 to support development of a job readiness and retention program for survivors of human trafficking.

Hmong American Friendship Association: $10,000 to support a medical interpretation and translation program that provides services for low-income Southeast Asians.

UWM Foundation: $2,000 for WUWM’s 2018 “Project Milwaukee” series entitled “To Protect and Serve: Police, Community and a Time of Transition.” The series will explore Milwaukee’s history of police-community relations and examine the past, present and future of the topic at which could be a pivotal juncture with the transition in the top police post.

Dominican Center for Women: $1,200 for the agency’s annual spring event.

Diverse & Resilient: $1,000 for the Wisconsin LGBTQ Summit, a leadership conference for LGBTQ and allied people.

Community Advocates: $1,000 for the Public Policy Institute’s 10th anniversary celebration featuring speakers Richard Rothstein and Reggie Jackson.

For a complete listing of this quarter’s grants made from our competitive grantmaking process, visit Recent Grants.

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