Our Grant Program awards grants to nonprofits doing the work to advance equity for women (and girls) in Greater Milwaukee.

You must…

  • Have 501(c)3 status or a fiscal sponsor. No exceptions.
  • Focus on advancing equity for women (and girls.)
  • Encompass social change (and not service delivery or social services.)
  • Do your work in the Greater Milwaukee area.

If your work is outside of Greater Milwaukee, we will not consider your application.  FYI: There are other Women’s Funds in Wisconsin and throughout the country.



We define social change as a shift in attitude, behavior, and/or culture.

  • Proposals need to impact at least one of these areas: Economic Empowerment, Leadership Development, or Education.
  • Your request for funding may be for advocacy, programmatic, operational funds, or capital expenditures.
  • The Grant can be for seed funding, capacity building, programs, evaluation, projects, collaborations, and research.
  • You can submit a proposal for something with proven outcomes or it can be for an innovation.
  • It can be for a one-time project, or on-going programming.
  • Multi-year requests are entertained.



  •  Endowments, debt reduction, fundraising events, scholarships, political campaigns, and programs that promote religious or sectarian activities.
  • All grants are made to entities/organizations, not individuals.


Application, Preliminary 

Please click on these links…

Application 2020 Preliminary FINAL as of 9 11 2020

Application 2020 Preliminary FINAL as of 9 11 2020

WATCH the WF Grant Informational Session recorded Tuesday, August 18, 2020 

Important Dates

WF Grant Informational Session: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 10 – 11 AM

Preliminary Application Opens Via Website: Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Preliminary Applications Due: Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at 11:59 PM

Invitation to Apply for Grant Notification: Week of October 12, 2020

Final Application Due: Monday, November 2, 2020, at 11:59 PM

Grant Notifications: Week of December 14, 2020

Grant Checks Distributed: January 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you grant money to individuals?

No, we do not grant money to individuals for any purpose.

Do you fund direct-service-only organizations?

We do not fund social service work. We fund organizations that are doing social change work. These organizations may also be doing direct service.

Do you fund for-profit efforts?

No. We award grants to 501(c)(3) type organizations/projects that are working to advance equity for women.

Will my submission be acknowledged?

Yes. An email will be sent that acknowledges the receipt of your application.


Please contact the Women’s Fund at info@womensfundmke.org or 414-290-7350.

Why It Matters

Women have higher rates of poverty and much lower rates of business ownership than men in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia, despite having made significant progress over the last 25 years in attaining a college education.