The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is requesting proposals for community based programs that support summer youth and young adult employment programs and neighborhood based jobs. The jobs will help young people gain early work experience, improve their jobs skills and future employability. The grant will build capacity of local nonprofits with summer employment programs for low- income individuals with barriers to employment. 

Grant amount

  • Up to $10,000 per grantee for summer youth employment programs and neighborhood-based employment.
  • One application may be submitted per eligible nonprofit.


Nonprofits with existing summer youth employment programs that support targeted employment strategies for youth of color and low- income individuals with barriers to employment. Nonprofits with neighborhood based employment for youth.

Organizations must be considered charitable organizations as determined by the IRS internal revenue code 501(c)(3). Please note that organizations that do not have this designation may use a fiscal sponsor (organization recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable entity) to serve as the recipient and manager of the grant. Eligible nonprofits are required to have board membership that is at least 10 percent people of color. The term “people of color” refers to all persons who are not categorized as white by the U.S. Census.

Target audience to be served

Low income youth (ages 14-17) and young adults (ages 18-24); youth in and aging out of the foster care system; young people of color.

2017 Grant Application Timeline

March 1


Application available

May 1


Grant application deadline (5 p.m. CST)

June 2


Applicants notified of final funding decision 

How to apply

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.

Grant materials

Grant application guidelines and questions (PDF)

LIFT Greater MKE Neighborhoods Initiative Budget (.xlxs)

Required attachments

  • Audited financial statement
  • Most recent income and expense statement
  • Most recent balance sheet

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Contact Us

For more information, please contact Darlene Russell.