The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is seeking proposals from food pantries and shelters for viable capital improvement projects for food services. For the purposes of this RFP, food services are defined as providing direct access to food or the preparation or serving of meals. The goal of the capital improvements RFP is to improve food service operations and promote access to fresh and healthy foods. Funding awards will be announced in mid-December. 

2016 Dates

September 9          Application available

October 3              Applications due


Must be a 501(c)(3) food pantry or shelter serving Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and/or Washington counties. Eligible nonprofits must have board membership that is at least 10 percent people of color. 

*Food pantries or shelters operating in a leased or donated space must contact Associate Program Officer Pa Sponcia at 414-336-7072 to discuss the project before applying.

Use of funds

Funds may be used to renovate facilities and/or repair or purchase equipment that is used to operate a pantry and/or prepare or serve meals for shelter or food pantry guests. Organizations must have a demonstrated need for improved or expanded food services. Grant amounts may range from $1,000 to $50,000.

Application process

First time applicants must first create an organizational profile before receiving access to the grant application. Not to be confused with the application itself, the profile provides necessary general information about your agency that is not contained in the grant application.

Please review the steps in the How to Apply for a Grant section under the Grant Seekers menu and then click on the “Apply for a Grant” button at the bottom of the page. You will be taken to the “Welcome to Philanthropy Online!” page where you can log into Philanthropy Online to complete your application. If you are a first-time applicant, you must first fill out the new user registration form.

Kindly note that this is a single step application so steps 2 and 3 of the “How to Apply for a Grant section are not applicable for this RFP. Once you have submitted the application our Community Investment will review and make a determination on whether to fund your project.

Please print a copy of the following instructions for navigating Philanthropy Online.

Grant materials

Attached are the application questions. Use this list to prepare your answers prior to working through the application. 

Required attachments

  • Year to date income and expense statement and balance sheet
  • Most recent Form 990
  • Most recent audited financial statements and notes


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For questions about the applications process, contact Pa Sponcia.