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We ask that all individuals and organizations who are interested in applying for Urgent Needs grants please complete the form below. You will not be able to save this form and come back to it later. We recommend writing longer answers in Word and copying and pasting into the form. If you have any questions or would like to submit your answers via email instead of using the form, please reach out to our team here.


*Required fields marked with an asterisk. 

Organization Name*:

Organization EIN*:

Leader Name*:

Leader Email*:

Leader Phone:

Organization’s Current Year Operating Budget*:

Total Project Budget*:

Amount Requested from United Way*:

Eligibility Criteria* (check all that apply):

Organization serves Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha, and/or Washington County residents.

Organization is a 501c3 in good standing 

Organization can demonstrate an urgent need for requested funds.

Organization can commit to spending grant awards within six months of award receipt and provide a short impact report on the use of funds within seven months of award receipt.
(Note: All must be true to be considered for this funding opportunity.)

Provide a brief description of the organization’s mission and goals. 

(1,000 character max – approximately 1/3 page)

Describe the project this funding will be used for. Include why the need is urgent, what other funding opportunities you have explored, and how funds will be used.*

(3,000 character max – approximately 1 page)

Person Completing Application (if different from Leader)




If you completed the form in a language other than English, please list that language here:

By submitting this form, applicant agrees to the following statements:

  • Grant award will be spent as specified in the written application. 
  • Organization will not use funds for endowments.
  • Organization’s clients, staff, and membership on the governing board are served, employed, or appointed without regard to social or economic class, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation and identification, disability, special health care needs, race, color, national origin, or religion. Organizations with a religious affiliation must not refuse services to an applicant based on religion or require attendance at religious services as a condition of assistance.
  • Organization will report on the impact of United Way’s investment within seven months of receipt of grant funds including the number of individuals impacted (if investment is programmatic). Grant Report Here.

To submit, click on the submit button below. There will be an opportunity to edit the form or click submit again to enter your responses. You will not be able to save this form and come back to it later. The next page will confirm that the form has been submitted and the organization's leader will receive a confirmation email.