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Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits and Agencies to Address Community Needs in Eligible Counties


Geographic Focus

USA: Wisconsin: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties

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Oconomowoc Area Foundation (OAF) Grant

Greater Milwaukee Foundation and Oconomowoc Area Foundation (OAF)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #147259

Grant Description

Grants to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations and government agencies to address community needs in eligible counties. Eligible programs may fall into one of the following funding priorities: connected people and thriving communities. Programs must benefit the residents of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties.

As part of the competitive grantmaking process, the Foundation places its highest funding priorities on projects and initiatives that align with its Thriving Communities and Connected People strategies.

Thriving Communities

The Foundation's goal: To catalyze community-driven change in neighborhoods that historically have faced barriers to revitalization.

The Foundation is focusing its efforts on the following four pillars that contribute to a thriving community:
  • Community Capacity
  • Arts and Culture
  • Equitable Economic Opportunity
  • Physical Environment

Connected People

The Foundation's goal: Every child in the city of Milwaukee is prepared to enter school.


  • Invest in high-quality early childhood education facilities: Improve and expand existing early centers, particularly to enhance infant and toddler care, so that children are in safe, nurturing environments
  • Invest in expanding workforce options: Support professional development opportunities to increase credentials of existing center owners and their staff so that each center is providing the best support for children in their care. Support recruitment and retention efforts, which is critical because the field has a teacher shortage.
  • Advocate for increased access: Increase financial resources and leverage partnerships with local and statewide agencies to advance changes that permanently improve access, quality and affordability for all children and their families.
For more information on the Thriving Communities funding priority:
For more information on the Connected People funding priority:

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made only to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and, on occasion, to governmental agencies. An eligible fiscal sponsor may apply on behalf of an organization that is not a 501(c)(3).

Ineligible for funding:
- Individuals or individual schools
- Ongoing operating expenses
- Debt reduction or agency endowments
- Sectarian organizations for religious purposes
- For-profit organizations
- Partisan political activities

Pre-proposal Conference:

Annual nonprofit meeting
March 9, 10 a.m.
Oconomowoc Community Center
220 W Wisconsin Ave
Oconomowoc, WI 53066

Term of Contract:

Generally, the Foundation awards grants to an organization for up to one year although they may be longer, given program priorities.

Contact Information:

Apply online:

Direct questions to:
Janel M. Hines
Vice President, Community Impact
Contact Information
Direct: 414.336.7039
Main: 414.272.5805

Greater Milwaukee Foundation
101 W Pleasant St., Ste 210
Milwaukee, WI 53212
tel. 414-272-5805
fax. 414-272-6235

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