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  • Small and medium-sized tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to apply if they have been incorporated for at least two years and serve Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington or Waukesha counties.

  • Statewide organizations are eligible if 70 percent of its work is in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington or Waukesha counties.

  • Applicants must have an annual operating budget of at least $25,000 and no greater than $3 million.

  • Faith-based organizations are eligible for project support if the proposed work serves the general community beyond members of the applicant organization and the particular denomination.

  • Organizations with a primary mission of grant making are not eligible to apply. 

  • Business Improvement Districts or other entities that have a taxing authority are not eligible to apply.

  • Grants awarded are project specific, nonrenewable, and range from $1,000 – $10,000.

  • REPEAT APPLICATIONS:  Before submitting an new application to the Fund, all commitments from the previous award must be completed, including the evaluation and final report/product.


  •  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, or debt liquidation.

  •  The fund does not support general program planning, program evaluation, or community needs assessment.

  •  The fund will not underwrite expenses associated with implementing development plans, fundraising-related tasks, grant writing or capital campaigns, including feasibility studies.

  • The fund will not consider funding for independent contractors to perform staff or administrative functions, including interns and fellows.

*Applications that include a request greater than $10,000 may automatically be denied. Grant requests over $8,500 will require an organizational financial contribution, in addition to the funds provided by the Nonprofit Management Fund.

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