MKE Responds Fund: COVID-19

Greater Milwaukee Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

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

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, General Operating Expense

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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About this funder:



NOTE: Requests will be reviewed weekly.


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.

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation, in partnership with local philanthropists and funders, has created a fund to respond to community needs caused or deepened by COVID-19. The MKE Responds Fund will provide resources to organizations working in the greater Milwaukee area with communities disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this pandemic.

Current Funding Priorities

Food: Ensuring nonprofits can secure, purchase, and distribute food to children and families living in Milwaukee.

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). 


This page was last reviewed March 31, 2021 and last updated March 31, 2021