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2020 Nonprofit Emergency Capacity Building Grant Fund
($2,500 Per Grant)

Our Next Round of Milwaukee County Grants Will Be Available Starting Monday, November 2nd. 
To see who have been awarded grants from this fund see below:

  • Statewide Round 1 May 2020, click here,

  • Milwaukee County Round 1 September 2020, click here.

  • Statewide Round 2 October 2020, click here


Forward Community Investments (FCI) has committed our remaining grant funds for 2020 and funds from other sources to support small nonprofits that have changed their operational model or services in 2020. This need‐based, micro‐grant program will provide immediate financial support ($2,500 per grant) for capacity building expenses such as:

  • Health and safety supplies for organizations facing newly fluctuating demand.

  • Computer purchases enabling remote work by nonprofit employees.

  • Software and other technology investments supporting distance learning or other remote service delivery model.

We are very supportive and thankful for the many loan and grant opportunities created in response to the pandemic. However, our research indicates that small nonprofits experience significant barriers to accessing these funds. The Nonprofit Emergency Capacity Building Fund eliminates these barriers through a grant, not a loan.

Eligibility Requirements:

In order to be eligible to receive one of these $2,500 grants, organizations must

  • Be a 501c3 organization or a project sponsored by another 501c3, located in Milwaukee County and serving Milwaukee County, serving people of color, low to moderate-income individuals, or other marginalized groups.

  • Have less than 10 FTE's and an annual budget of less than $500,000.

  • Not be an affiliate of a national organization

  • Work towards reducing racial and economic disparities.

  • Have an unexpected expense in 2020.

How to Apply:  

Selection Process:

  • We will be accepting applications from Monday, November 2nd - Monday, November 16th.

  • Eligible applicants will be placed in a pool and we will conduct a lottery to identify the awardees.

  • Awardees will be announced during the week of October 26th.   



  • If you received a Game Changer Grant or Nonprofit Emergency Capacity Building Grant from FCI in 2020, you are ineligible for this opportunity.

  • Each entity, including subsidiaries, can apply once.

Will this grant be offered again?

  • We are working with multiple funders throughout the state to generate additional resources so that we can offer these grants again. 

  • Please check back on our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages for updates.

  • To be included in our grant opportunity notification list, contact Tom Behnke at tomb@forwardci.org 

FCI Granting Overview

For more information on funding opportunities and grants contact us.

To contribute to this pool of funds for social justice grantmaking, make a donation today!

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