MKE Responds Fund: COVID-19

Greater Milwaukee Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Social Isolation Affordable Housing Health Care Access & Delivery Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases Education - Preschool / Early Learning Education - K through 12 Food Access & Hunger Homelessness Services Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Wisconsin: Dodge County, Jefferson County, Milwaukee County, Ozaukee County, Racine County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Wisconsin: Dodge County, Jefferson County, Milwaukee County, Ozaukee County, Racine County Show all

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NOTE: Requests will be reviewed weekly.


To alleviate the profound impact the coronavirus outbreak is having on Milwaukee and beyond, philanthropic partners have come together to align resources to increase the capacity of local agencies and programs on the front lines of the pandemic to do the greatest good. This coordinated response includes the MKE Responds Fund, a fund managed by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and supported by a coalition of funders and collaborators. MKE Responds provides resources to organizations working in the greater Milwaukee area with communities disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and its economic consequences.

COVID-19 continues to be an ever-evolving situation. As cases continue to grow in Milwaukee and nearby communities, we are increasingly aware of the impact this pandemic is having on the people we care about, local nonprofits and our health care system. Many more will be affected. We also know it is having a disproportionate impact on the health and economic well-being of children and families, aging populations, those with underlying health conditions and college students. As schools and businesses have closed, there is a growing and immediate need for food, housing and shelter, medical support and more. This is placing enormous stress on local nonprofits, particularly those that provide basic needs and health services.

Current Funding Priorities

Food: Ensuring nonprofits can secure and purchase food, distribute to individuals, families and organizations serving those in greatest need.

Housing and Shelter: Supporting shelter operations including increased hours, and expansion of temporary and permanent housing stock to prevent and reduce new homelessness.

Medical Services/Clinics: Increasing medical access through coordination of testing and care systems, and support expanding clinics serving low-income families.

Mental Health: Responding to the trauma and mental health needs of the community during this time of heightened stress and isolation.

Early Childhood and K-12 Education: Supporting early childhood education centers and system and K-12 schools, including financial support for staff, family communication, remote enrichment/learning activities.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The fund will consider proposals from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.
    • An eligible fiscal sponsor may apply on behalf of an organization that is not a 501(c)(3).