The Greater Milwaukee Foundation holds a competitive grant process each quarter to award funding from our unrestricted and field of interest funds. Eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofits in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties may apply.
A number of our funds have separate funding priorities, guidelines and deadlines.
1. Complete a profile for your organization on Philanthropy Online
Only agencies with completed and visible profiles are eligible to apply. Please review the instructions for more information.
2. Review our competitive grantmaking priorities and guidelines
Our quarterly grants are focused on our four impact areas and a four-county service area. Our special funds have separate funding priorities and guidelines.
3. Submit a letter of inquiry (POL login required)
Our Community Investment staff will determine if the project merits further consideration in light of available resources and current priorities.
4. Complete a full proposal (POL login required)
If encouraged to apply, proceed to POL to review the appropriate grant application and complete the online proposal.
5. Staff review
Meetings with the applicant or site visits are arranged, when needed, to clarify the proposal. Only completed proposals are considered for submission to the Board.
6. Board review
Our Board's Community Investment Committee reviews proposals each quarter and makes recommendations to the full Board. The Board has final approval.
All applicants receive notification of the Board's action following its quarterly meetings. Grantees must adhere to the terms of the grant agreement.
After a grant has been awarded: