Our Grantmaking Program awards grants to nonprofits doing the best work to advance equity for women and girls in the Milwaukee area.

You must:

  • Have 501(c)3 status or a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor. No exceptions.
  • Demonstrate that your work focuses on the Greater Milwaukee area. If your project does not focus on the Greater Milwaukee area, we are unable to accept your application.
  • Demonstrate that your work focuses on women and girls.
  • Demonstrate that your work encompasses social change and not service delivery.

Proposals need to impact at least one of the three strategic funding areas: Economic Empowerment, Leadership Development, or Education. Your request for funding may be for programmatic and/or operational funds.

Important Dates:

Preliminary Application Opens Via Website: Monday, August 20, 2018

Preliminary Applications Due: Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at 11:59 PM

Invitation to Apply for Grant Notification: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Final Application Due: Monday, November 5, 2018, at 11:59 PM

Grant Notifications: Week of December 10, 2018

Grant Checks Distributed: January 2019


Download the Grant Information Overview (76KB)

Download the Grant Application, Preliminary: 2018 Cycle for Grants 2019 (128KB)

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 create social change.

Do you accept preliminary applications by Fax?


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.