In 2019, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation will open three grant cycles.  Each cycle will focus on targeted strategies within its racial equity and inclusion framework and the interconnected and mutually reinforcing ideas of Connected People and Thriving Communities.  We will be using a one-step application process without the traditional letter of inquiry. 

The calendar below lists the grantmaking priorities and deadlines for each cycle.

Download a copy of the 2019 Cycle 1 grant application questions here.


Cycle 1- Grantmaking priorities and dates

Connected People – early childhood education capital projects
Thriving Communities – physical environment (housing, environment, and mental health)

Grant applications open: Nov. 19, 2018

Grant applications close: Dec 7, 2018

Board meeting: March 13, 2019


Cycle 2- Grantmaking priorities and dates

Connected People – early childhood education teacher development and recruitment
Mary L. Nohl Fund - arts education 

Grant applications open: March 4, 2019

Grant applications close: March 15, 2019

Board meeting: June 12, 2019


Reasons for Hope MKE 

Grant application opens: March 4, 2019

Grant application closes: March 25, 2019

Advisory Committee meeting: April 12, 2019

Grants announced: May 17, 2109


Cycle 3 Grantmaking priorities and dates

Connected People – Healthy Birth Outcomes
Thriving Communities - Community Capacity, Equitable Economic Opportunity and Arts & Culture and Basic Needs (project and capital)

Grant applications open: Aug. 26, 2019

Grant applications close: Sept. 20, 2019

Board meeting: Dec. 4, 2019


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.