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Bader Philanthropies Grant

Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits and Agencies for Programs
to Enhance the Quality of Life for Local Communities

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Grants to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations and government agencies to enhance the quality of life for local communities. A preliminary application is required prior to submission of the full proposal. Funding is intended to support programs in the areas of Alzheimer’s and aging, community initiatives, youth development, the arts, and workforce development.

The goal of Bader Philanthropies is to turn today’s challenges into tomorrow’s accomplishments. The Foundation does this by supporting worthy organizations that make life better for people in their communities. Through awarded grants, the Foundation is able to help organizations in Milwaukee bring young and elderly residents together in exciting and stimulating after-school activities that recharge attitudes and give participants a new perspective on one another. By creating scholarship funds, the Foundation can give children and families educational options they wouldn’t otherwise have.

Bader Philanthropies seeks grant proposals in specific program areas within certain geographic boundaries:

  • Alzheimer’s and Aging – National, with Focus on Wisconsin: At the center of the Foundation's interest in healthy aging is Alzheimer’s disease, and finding ways to offer hope to families grappling with the long goodbye. These efforts are guided by four strategies: Program Development, Education and Training, Applied Research, Public Policy.  For more information, see:
  • Workforce Development – City of Milwaukee: This program area encompasses five core strategies: Job Preparation and Readiness, Link to Existing and Emerging Jobs, Job Creation and Expansion, Workforce Barrier Reduction, Advance Collaboration. For more information, see:
  • Youth Development – City of Milwaukee: Youth Development has three key strategies: Wellness, Extended Learning Opportunities, Character/Professional Development. For more information, see:
  • Community Initiatives – Greater Milwaukee: Over the past two decades, Community Initiatives grants have helped the Foundation join community-wide conversations about issues that matter, but that do not neatly fall under one of the key program areas. These initiatives include: Nonprofit Management and Directed Grants (Note: Directed Grant proposals must first be solicited by a member of Bader Philanthropies staff.) For more information, see:
  • Milwaukee Arts – City of Milwaukee: Bader Philanthropies has helped to support a variety of engaging activities, from hands-on workshops and inspiring performances to introspective storytelling exercises.  Bader Philanthropies also brings arts and creativity into the program areas when it fits with these strategies. For more information, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176899

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are given only to US organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or to government entities.

For the specific Geographic Boundaries of each program area, see the Description field above.

The Bader Philanthropies generally does not provide funding to organizations that fall outside of the defined program areas.

Bader Philanthropies also cannot provide direct support to individuals, including individual scholarships.

Pre-Application Information:

Phase One:

Applicants start the process by filling out the online preliminary application.
Spring 2020 Grants Cycle Deadline: January 7, 2020

The Preliminary Application can be submitted at any time. Application deadlines are established twice per year to correspond with meetings of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. All applications are reviewed as a group by the Foundation staff. Approximately two weeks after the preliminary application is sent, applicants will receive an email regarding the progress of the request.

Phase Two:

The Full Proposal will be available online when the applicant receives an email from Bader Philanthropies.
Spring Grants Cycle Deadline: February 4, 2020

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Preliminary Application:

Bader Philanthropies
3300 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212

P: 414/224-6464
F: 414/224-1441

Grant Coverage Areas:

Geographic Boundaries:
Alzheimer's and Aging – National, with Focus on Wisconsin
Workforce Development – City of Milwaukee
Youth Development – City of Milwaukee
Community Initiatives – Greater Milwaukee
Milwaukee Arts – City of Milwaukee

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wisconsin