As part of our quarterly competitive grantmaking process, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation requires all potential grant applicants to first submit a letter of inquiry, which gives basic information about the proposed project or initiative. 

The Foundation places its highest funding priorities on projects and initiatives that impact the following four areas: strengthening education, strengthening neighborhoods, increasing economic opportunities and promoting racial equity and inclusion. We also strongly support projects and programs related to arts and culture, economic development, the environment and health and human services.

Proposed projects or initiatives should meet the following criteria:

  • The Foundation is an integral partner, with other stakeholders, in providing program support, improving implementation, and communicating results
  • There are opportunities for co-investment by Foundation donors and other funders
  • Applicants have the capacity to deliver an effective program with results
  • Program outcomes are results oriented, defined, and measurable
  • Collaboration, as warranted, is meaningful with responsibilities clearly defined
  • The program has the potential to become sustainable or replicated

If the project or initiative meets the criteria, Foundation Community Investment staff will invite selected applicants to submit full proposals for consideration by the Foundation Board. 

Please note: A letter of inquiry will not be considered until you have first completed a profile on Philanthropy Online for your organization

Preview Letter of Inquiry and Full Proposal Questions (docx.)

Use this list of questions to prepare your answers prior to working through the Letter of Inquiry.

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