Milwaukee Succeeds Grant

Milwaukee Succeeds Grant


Milwaukee Succeeds Fund grants are one-time grants to non-profit, health and human service agencies in the City of Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Succeeds funding will be available for programs working towards systems change/systems improvement in the City of Milwaukee that target one or more of the following:

  • School Readiness: Quality Improvement in Early Childhood Education; Improvement in Early Childhood Vaccination Rates; Parent Engagement of Young Children; Promotion of Developmental Screening and Efficiency in Early Developmental Intervention; Improvement in Infant and Early Child Mental and Behavioral Health Intervention
  • School Success: Tutoring; Parent Engagement of Students K-3rd grade; Increasing Quality Summer Learning Opportunities
  • Postsecondary Readiness and Success: Ensuring students are prepared to enter college credit-bearing courses; College student retention; College Graduation

Special consideration will be made for efforts applying for funding who are actively participating in Milwaukee Succeeds.

Grant Criteria

  • Agencies must have current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
  • Agencies must provide health and human services programming in the City of Milwaukee.
  • Agencies and programs must be able to demonstrate broad community support and a record of fiscal and administrative stability.
  • Agencies agree to measure outcomes as prescribed by United Way using provided surveys and i-CResults data collection tool when applicable.
  • Support will be provided for a single year at a time, with grantees required to reapply, without guarantees, for subsequent years in which they may seek funding.
  • Individual agency requests from this fund may not exceed $50,000 per year.
  • Agency agrees to complete mandated reporter training and have in place a separate policy regarding the protection of children and youth if the organization serves youth in any capacity.

Application Attachments: Agencies who are NOT currently an agency program partner with United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County will be required to submit a completed application along with the following:

  • 501 (c) 3 Letter
  • Agency 990 (most recently completed)
  • Most recent Audit Report
  • Management Letter for Audit Report
  • Most recently completed fiscal year-ending internal financial reports (Balance Sheet and Statement of Activities)
  • Most recent current year financial report

Requirements of Funding:

  1. Agencies who are NOT currently an agency program partner with United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County will sign a Milwaukee Succeeds Partnership Agreement and submit:
    • Policy on Protecting Children (if serve youth in any capacity)
    • Counterterrorism Agreement
  2. Current agency program partners will be held to the standards outlined in the 2016-2017 agency program partner Partnership Agreement.
  3. Agencies will be required to submit a Mid-Year Report as well as a Year-End Report in e-CImpact (United Way’s online reporting tool).
  4. The year-end report will include demographics (listed below) for all participants, outcome results and analysis, a success story and final program budget.
  5. United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County will distribute half of the funding amount after the return of a signed Partnership Agreement, and the second half after Mid-Year Report receives approval.

Demographics: Milwaukee Succeeds programs are required to report demographic information for all of the participants served. Demographic categories are subject to change.

  • Age Groups: 0 thru 3, 4 thru 5, 6 thru 11, 12 thru 17, 18 thru 24, 25 thru 34, 35 thru 44, 45 thru 54, 55 thru 64, 65 thru 74, 75 thru 84, 85 thru 94, 95 and over
  • Gender: Male, Female, Transgender,  Other 
  • Household Income: $0 to $9,999, $10,000 to 14,999, $15,000 to $24,999, $25,000 to 36,999,  $37,000 to $49,999, $50,000 to $74,999, $75,000 or more, Free and reduced lunch (if income data is not available) 
  • Racial Background: African American/Black, Asian, Caucasian/White, Middle Eastern, Multi-racial, Native American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Other 
  • Ethnicity: Hispanic/Latino, Non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • U.S. Veteran Status (Are you or have you ever been a member of the Armed Forces?)
  • Zip Codes of Residence
  • Primary Language: What is the primary Language spoken in the home? English, Hmong, Spanish, Multiple, Other 

*Demographic categories are subject to change. Funded agencies will be notified of any changes in writing.

Support from United Way:

  • United Way will provide mandated reporter training to all funded programs.
  • United Way will provide training to funded agencies on the outcomes measurement tool, if applicable.


Unfortunately, new Milwaukee Succeeds grants will not be available for the 2018-2019 year. Funding status for Milwaukee Succeeds is updated annually in April/May. Thank you for understanding. 


If you have any questions regarding e-CImpact or login information, please contact Gail McCarthy at 414-263-8123 or via email. For any other grant related questions, please contact Tim Coughlin at 414-263-8152 or via email.

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