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Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits in Eligible Locations
for Youth and Young Adult Engagement Activities

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Greater Milwaukee Foundation

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Grants of up to $7,500 to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for youth and young adult engagement activities. Priority will be given to organizations that address the needs of traditionally underserved populations. Funding is intended to support programs serving local youth ages 10-24. Programs may include initiatives addressing skills development and after-school programming. Applicants must be based in Sherman Park East or North Division.

Sherman Park East
  • Funding Priority Area: Professional skills development for youth and young adults (16-24 years old)
North Division

  • Funding Priority Areas: After-school programming for youth, social support activities for youth or young adults (10-18 years old)

For more information on funding priorities, please see the URL for Full Text.

    Successful proposals may include the following:

    • Age-appropriate programming and/or activities for the following age groups for the respective neighborhoods
      • Sherman Park East – 16 to 24 years old
      • North Division- 10 to 18 years old
    • An outreach plan that includes strategies for recruitment and retention of youth
    • Demonstration of an understanding of how to provide programming that is responsive to the interests and culture of youth in Sherman Park East or North Division
    • Partnerships that leverage existing resources to improve outcomes for youth
    Priority will be given to initiatives that fall within the priorities identified and with organizations that place the voices of people who are traditionally left out of community decision-making at the center of the planning, implementation, and results of the proposed project, event, or activities.

    GrantWatch ID#:

    GrantWatch ID#: 186109

    Estimated Total Program Funding:


    Estimated Size of Grant:

    Grant amounts may range from $250 to $7,500.
    - Spark Grant: up to $250.00
    - Ignite Grant: up to $2500.00
    - Glow Grant: up to $7500.00

    Additional Eligibility Criteria:

    The Foundation seeks to reach groups and organizations that are based in Sherman Park East or North Division that demonstrate a track record of hiring and engaging with community members. Organizations must be considered charitable organizations as determined by the IRS internal revenue code 501(c)(3).

    Please note: Organizations that do not have this designation may use a fiscal sponsor (organization recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable entity) to serve as the recipient and manager of the grant.

    Eligible nonprofits are required to have board membership that is at least 10 percent people of color. The term “people of color” refers to all persons who are not categorized as white by the U.S. Census.

    Pre-proposal Conference:

    To help you be best prepared for submission, there will be three Q&A informational sessions and additional opportunities for one-on-one sessions to answer your questions and receive initial feedback.

    Informational Sessions
    - Tuesday, September 21st, 5:30-6:30p.m.
    - Monday, September 27th, 6:30-7:30p.m.
    - Tuesday, September 28th, 6:30-7:30p.m.
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    Office Hours Sign Up
    - September 23rd, 3-5p.m.
    - September 30th, 3-5p.m.
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    Writing Feedback Drop-In Session Form
    - Monday, October 4th, 5:30-6:30p.m.
    - Tuesday, October 5th, 5:30-6:30p.m.
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    Pre-Application Information:

    Application due - October 15, 2021
    Funding decisions - November 22, 2021
    Project completion - May 31, 2022

    First-time applicants must complete Grants Portal Setup.

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

    Apply Online:

    Darlene C. Russell
    Director of Community Engagement
    Direct: 414.336.7044
    Main: 414.272.5805

    Greater Milwaukee Foundation
    101 W Pleasant St., Ste 210
    Milwaukee, WI 53212

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