Overview of Grant Application Process

The Brico Fund’s application process is online and there are no submission deadlines. Every organization seeking funding will need to login to an existing account, if one has already been established, or create a new account to begin an application.

Once you have submitted an application, depending on the complexity of your funding request, you may be asked to complete some additional questions to clarify your specific project goals and strategies. If we want more information, you will be notified via email.

Typically, an organization can request funding once in a 12-month period. If grantees have prior reporting requirements that are past due, a new application will not be considered until all past requirements are current.

Click here to begin the Application process.*

* If you are requesting Environmental Impact Litigation funding, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and you will be sent a special application form.

Additional Grant Making Criteria

Types of Grants

Within our program areas of interest, the Brico Fund considers grants for the following: general operating; policy, advocacy and high impact litigation, including community organizing; program expansion or improvement; project start up; technical assistance needs including planning, fundraising and management assistance; and strategies to strengthen organizational leadership.

At this time, the Brico Fund does not make multi-year commitments.

The Brico Fund does not support:

  • Disease-specific programs / organizations
  • Educational institutions / schools
  • Workplace giving campaigns
  • Environmental education
  • Individuals
  • Media projects
  • Medical institutions
  • Organizations located outside of southeast Wisconsin whose funding request does not relate directly and strategically to our local interests.
  • Organizations with a focus on animals
  • Religious organizations
  • Scholarships
  • Special / fundraising events

Geographic Area

Most of our grants support organizations in Wisconsin, with a majority of our resources spent locally in Milwaukee and southeast Wisconsin. Brico Fund considers requests from national organizations or placed-based organizations in different locales only if the funding request relates strategically to priorities in southeast Wisconsin.

No grants are made outside the United States.

Our Granting Partnership

While we enjoy long relationships with some organizations, it is important to us that our grantees create or maintain a diversified base of income. We do not want our support to be an inappropriately large percentage of an organization’s revenue base. We are unlikely to initiate or continue long term funding for those organizations unable or unwilling to diversify their funding base.

Conversely, some compelling issues are short lived, only fit our funding priorities for a short time, or are not influencing the systemic change we expect to impact strongly enough. No assumptions should be made about continued financial support.