Grants awarded through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s competitive grant process are reviewed on a quarterly basis by our Community Investment team. The calendar below lists all upcoming deadlines. Community Investment staff will notify grantees about their grant status immediately following the Board’s quarterly meetings.

The Foundation is currently developing a racial equity frame to apply to our discretionary grantmaking, research and public policy work. We are revamping our grant process and will only accept third quarter applications for projects focused on strengthening education by supporting third-grade reading proficiency.

For the third quarter grant cycle, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation is inviting nonprofit organizations providing literacy support for students reading below grade level to submit a Letter of Inquiry by the May 24, 2017 deadline.

Please consider submitting a Letter of Inquiry, using our online template, if your organization is NOT an individual school and has a project or initiative that will:

  • Begin after Oct. 1, 2017;
  • Focus on struggling readers who will be in preschool through third grade during the 2017-2018 school year; and
  • Increase reading proficiency by using an evidence-based intervention.

Evidence-based interventions are activities that have been proven effective through an outcome evaluation. If you have any questions about eligible projects please contact Jeannie Fenceroy, Senior Program Manager of Education and Scholarships, at 414.336.7046.

To submit a Letter of Inquiry, follow these step-by-step instructions


2017 Grant Calendar

First quarter

Letter of inquiry available: Nov. 15, 2016

Letter of inquiry deadline: Dec. 1, 2016

Grant application deadline: Jan. 5, 2017

Board meeting: March 20, 2017


Second quarter

*Capital and project requests accepted

Letter of inquiry availableFeb. 6, 2017

Letter of inquiry deadline: Feb. 20, 2017

Grant application deadline: March 27, 2017

Board meeting: June 5, 2017


Third quarter

*Only accepting Strengthening Education applications supporting third-grade reading proficiency

Letter of inquiry availableMay 10, 2017

Letter of inquiry deadline: May 24, 2017

Grant application deadline: June 29, 2017

Board meeting: Sept. 7, 2017


Fourth quarter

Letter of inquiry availableTBD

Letter of inquiry deadline: TBD

Grant application deadline: TBD

Board meeting: TBD


Other grant opportunities

A number of our funds each have their own separate grant cycles and application deadlines. For more information, visit the other grant opportunities page.

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For questions or issues with the application process, contact the Program and Grants Associate.