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Our 2022-2023 grant application process will open this fall, scroll down to view our timeline. If you're interested in learning more about our process, REGISTER HERE for our Nonprofit Info Session on October 11th and  review our 2021 presentation.

What would you do with $100,000?

Impact100 Greater Milwaukee challenges your established nonprofit organization to think creatively about the needs of your community. Dream big, know your plan and how you’ll measure the outcomes, and you could earn a grant to make a transformative, impactful and sustained change in the greater Milwaukee area. Here’s everything you need to know.

Eligibility Requirements

To apply for a grant, your organization must meet the following eligibility requirements. 



501(C)(3)

Be recognized as a tax-exempt charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and have been operating as a 501(c)(3) for a minimum of 36 months prior to applying for the grant.



LOCATION: 
GREATER MILWAUKEE

Be located in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington or Waukesha County. All grant monies must be used for a proposed project or program that provides services to people who live in these geographic areas.



TOTAL REVENUE

Your total annual revenue must be between $300,000 and $7 million* per part 1, line 12 of your 990 form for each of the 3 most recently filed years. Submission of 3 most recently filed 990’s is required. *Update to Revenue Requirement



FINANCIALS

Have three years of independently prepared financial statements (audited or reviewed).



SPENDING PLAN

Expend the full amount of the grant within 24 months of the award.



LICENSURE

Your organization’s corporate and charitable licenses with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions are current at the time you submit your Letter of Inquiry.



GENERAL

Submit only one application each year. An organization that has received a grant of $100,000 from Impact100 Greater Milwaukee may not reapply in the following three years.

Program or Project Eligibility Requirements

Your program must: Be a capital project, new program, expansion of an existing program, or a new or expanded collaborative effort of several nonprofit organizations.

Target a specific population for a specific duration with specific measurable goals.

All programs or projects must fall within one of the following Focus Areas: 

ARTS & CULTURE

Projects or programs that cultivate, develop, educate or enhance the artistic and/or cultural climate in the Greater Milwaukee area.

EDUCATION 

Projects or programs that improve or advance educational opportunities for children and/or adults in the Greater Milwaukee area.

ENVIRONMENT & REVITALIZATION

Projects or programs in the Greater Milwaukee area that 1) preserve, enhance, revitalize or restore facilities, spaces or surroundings; 2) promote the protection and welfare of animals; or 3) encourage conservation.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Projects or programs that positively impact the mental or physical health of people living in the Greater Milwaukee area.

FAMILY

Projects or programs that strengthen or enhance the lives of children, adults and families living in the Greater Milwaukee area.

What Impact100 Greater Milwaukee does not fund

  • General operating expenses, debt reduction, operating deficits, interim or bridge funding.

  • Memorials or endowments.

  • Individuals or private foundations.

  • Activities that are partisan, legislative or political in nature.

  • Legal expenses.


Download Eligibility Requirements

  • Religious-focused projects or programs where the grant is for the principal benefit of the organization’s own members or adherents.

  • Fund drives, annual appeals or fundraising events.

  • General capital campaigns unrelated to a specific project or program.


Download Grant Frequently Asked Questions

As we grow and evolve, Impact100 Greater Milwaukee reserves the right to change our eligibility requirements without notice at any time. 

Running Rebels Gym, funded with Impact100 $100,000 Grant.

How to Apply

Before you apply, please make sure you have thoroughly read the eligibility requirements, above, and the application process, below. If you have any questions about the grant process, please email grants@impact100mke.org. Please do not call or contact Impact100 Greater Milwaukee members so we may adhere to our confidentiality guidelines during the grant process.

Step 1: Letter of Inquiry

Please complete our online Letter of Inquiry in our Application Portal and submit by noon on December 6, 2022. We will accept applications beginning September 13, 2022.  And attend our virtual info session on October 11th - REGISTER HERE!



Step 2: Invitation to Submit a Full Proposal

Impact100 Greater Milwaukee reviews Letters of Inquiry and emails all applicants on February 10, 2023 regarding whether or not they are invited to complete a Full Proposal.



Step 3: Full Proposal

Applicants invited to complete a Full Proposal must submit all information by noon, March 1, 2023.



Step 4: Site Visit

Impact100 Greater Milwaukee reviews Full Proposals and emails all applicants regarding whether or not they have been selected for a March/April site visit.



Step 5: Selection of Finalists

Finalists will be selected in May and invited to make a presentation to the Impact100 Greater Milwaukee Membership at the Annual Awards Celebration on June 6, 2023. Guidelines for the presentations will be provided when finalists are notified.



Step 6: Finalists’ Presentations

Finalists (at least one in each Focus Area) present to the Impact100 Greater Milwaukee Membership at the Annual Awards Celebration held June 6, 2023.



Step 7: Selection of Grantee(s)

After listening to all Finalist presentations at the Annual Awards Celebration, the Impact100 Greater Milwaukee members vote by individual ballot. This vote determines the grant recipient(s).



Step 8: Payment of Grant

Prior to the release of funds, the grantee must sign a Grant Agreement. Impact100 Greater Milwaukee distributes funds in lump sum or installments, depending on the nature of the program or project and the Grant Agreement.



Step 9: Reports and Evaluation

Grantees must report periodically to Impact100 Greater Milwaukee on the progress of their program or project as specified in the Grant Agreement.

Important Dates: 

Letter of Inquiry application available online
September 13, 2022

Information Session for Nonprofits - REGISTER HERE!
October 11, 2022 – 10:00 a.m. 

Letters of Inquiry due
December 6, 2022

Invitation to submit Full Proposal sent to select applicants
February 10, 2023

Full Proposals due
March 1, 2023

Site Visits scheduled
March 27 – April 6, 2023

Finalists announced
May 4, 2023

Finalists’ presentations and Annual Awards Celebration
June 6, 2023