Small and medium-sized private, nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)3) organizations, which have been incorporated for at least two years and serve Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, or Waukesha counties. Applicants must have an annual operating budget of at least $25,000 and no greater than $3 million.
Religious organizations will be considered for project support if the proposed work serves the general community and neighborhoods beyond the membership of the applicant. Projects to promote a particular denomination or faith will be ineligible.
The fund will not award grants to organizations with a primary mission of grant making. In order for a statewide organization to be considered for funding, 70 percent of its work must be in the greater Milwaukee area.
Business Improvement Districts or other entities that have a taxing authority are ineligible to
Grants awarded will be project specific, nonrenewable, and range from $1,000 – $10,000.
Grants will not be made for general operating support, office equipment or furnishings, construction or rehabilitation of facilities, emergency repairs, payroll needs, debt liquidation, or routine financial audits.
The fund does not support general program planning, program evaluation, or community needs assessment.
The fund will not underwrite expenses associated with capital campaigns, including feasibility studies.
The fund will not consider funding for independent contractors to perform staff functions.