When the school year ends each spring, so does formal learning for many children. But a return to the classroom each fall does not signal an automatic return to their academic proficiency and skill level. In fact, it’s estimated students lose about two months in academic achievement during the summer due to their absence from the classroom.

By investing in programs that combat the “summer slide” or summer learning loss, not only do children  return to school ready to learn, but they are also given new opportunities and great summer memories. That’s the impetus behind the Summer Grants for Kids program, which began in 2013. Mini grants up to $1,500 each are available to nonprofits that serve youth in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties.

This will be the last year of the current format of Summer Grants for Kids. The 2018 process will be revised to reflect greater alignment with key Foundation strategies.

2017 Deadlines

January 9


Application available

March 3


Applications due

May 5


Grants awarded

September 1


Projects must be completed

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

Summer Grants for Kids Guidelines

Apply For A Grant

Required attachments

  • Most recent audited financial statement and notes

Contact Us

fenceroy-jeannie.jpg For questions about the application process, contact Jeannie Fenceroy.