Milwaukee Empty Bowls Grant Application Information

Each year Milwaukee Empty Bowls hosts our annual fundraising event in October that uses art to raise awareness and funds for hunger. The proceeds from this event are awarded to local food pantries and meal programs through the Milwaukee Empty Bowls Grant Program.

Our grant application period opens during the month of February, and applications are due on the last day of that month. Organizations interested in applying must operate a program that addresses food insecurity in Milwaukee County; only one application may be submitted per organization annually. Grants are awarded in amounts up to $10,000. Awards are announced in April and grants are awarded in December. Applicants may be selected to receive a Milwaukee Empty Bowls grant for up to three consecutive years – after the third year, a one-year break is required. For complete information about applying for a grant from Milwaukee Empty Bowls please download our application via the links below.

Download Milwaukee Empty Bowls 2017 Grant Application (PDF)

Download Milwaukee Empty Bowls 2017 Grant Application (Word Document)

Meet Our 2016 Milwaukee Empty Bowls Recipients

The following organizations were selected to receive funds raised from our 2016 Annual Event and other fundraising activities:

Central City Churches
Central City Churches Outreach Ministry exists to serve Milwaukee’s hungry and homeless as well as those who need a hand up. Their Food Pantry serves people who live in zip codes 53205, 53208, 53210 and 53233 with emergency food – enough to prepare three meals for about three days and feed all members of the household. The Food Pantry is open 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday.

The Gathering
The Gathering provides ten free meals each week at three locations, 51 weeks a year, closing for one week between Christmas and New Years, and on major holidays. All meals are cooked fresh on site. Volunteers assist in meal preparation, set up, serving and clean up.

Fondy Food Center
The Fondy Food Center runs the Fondy Farmers Market located at the corner of 22nd and Fond du Lac Avenue, just one block north of North Avenue. Open four days per week during the growing season and home to over 29 farmers and vendors, it is one of the largest producer-only outdoor markets in the area.

Milwaukee Christian Center
Motivated by concern for the poor, MCC’s Emergency Food Pantry addresses the emergency needs of very low income individuals and families by: providing a three to five day supply of emergency food; offering a basic needs assessment to individuals and families in the most distressing circumstances;  providing culturally appropriate food to Hmong, Lao, and Latino families;  providing service in Spanish, Hmong, and Laotian languages; and  offering a commodity supplemental food program to qualifying individuals and families.

Milwaukee Rescue Mission
The Milwaukee Rescue Mission has faithfully served the homeless and poor of Milwaukee since 1893. They meet short-term emergency needs, such as food, shelter and clothing, as well as provide comprehensive recovery programs, such as educational and vocational counseling, addiction recovery programs, financial management, biblical instruction and life-skills training.

Repairers of the Breach
Rather than focusing on where the homeless sleep at night, Repairers of the Breach addresses the root causes of homelessness and builds program­ming to move marginalized people into productive, meaningful lives. True solutions to homelessness start at our daytime center, building on the principles they’ve followed since 1989. In 2013, the center provided the basics of 15,000+ warm lunches (and at least that many continental breakfasts).

Tippecanoe Church
Tippecanoe Churce is currently working to become the first Green Roof Pantry Garden in Milwaukee as part of their effort to continually green ourselves while addressing hunger in our area and offer simple work to those who need it to supplement self-esteem and financial need.