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.

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