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Green Bay Packers Foundation

History and Mission

The Green Bay Packers Foundation has been giving back to Wisconsin’s communities since it was established in 1986 by Judge Robert J. Parins, then president of the Green Bay Packers, Inc., “as a vehicle to assure continued contributions to charity.”  The Foundation, an entity independent of the Green Bay Packers, Inc., considers grant requests from charities possessing one or more of the following goals:

  • Perpetuates a community environment that promotes families and the competitive value of athletics;
  • Contributes to player and fan welfare;
  • Ensures the safety and education of children; and/or
  • Prevents cruelty to animals.

Grant Application Process

We begin accepting applications March 1st of each year and will continue to accept applications until July 1st of each year.

All applications must be submitted online.  The application process includes an eligibility evaluation to help determine if an organization meets the criteria to participate in our competitive grant application process.

Login to your account here to do the following:

  • Return to an application you have saved but have not submitted. Applications will not be accepted after July 1st.
  • Access and review previously submitted applications.
  • Change the email address you use to log in.
  • Change the password associated with your account/email.

To learn more about the Green Bay Packers Foundation online application process, including how to create an account, review the FAQs or contact us.

Grant Cycle

  • July 1 – last day to submit grant applications.
  • July to August – grant applications are assigned to trustees.
  • August to October – trustees review grant applications.  Applicants may be contacted to conduct phone interviews or arrange site visits.
  • November – grant recipients are finalized by the trustees.  All applicants are notified of the outcome of the trustees’ review.
  • December – grant checks are distributed.

It is important to contact us if the primary contact indicated on the grant application changes so that we can provide timely notifications throughout the grant cycle.

Eligible Organizations

To be eligible for a grant, an organization is required to:

  • Be physically located in the state of Wisconsin;
  • Have a classification as an organization exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code with a valid IRS Tax ID for a minimum of two years;
  • Complete a Grant Progress Report; and
  • Submit the following attachments electronically:
      • Budget for the project/program the grant is requested for;
      • Proposed or current budget for the organization;
      • Balance sheet and income statement for the past two years;
      • Form 990 or Form 990EZ, including all Schedules (or documentation explaining the reason why the organization is not required to file);
      • List of project/program funders (committed and pending); and
      • Board of Directors listing to include names and outside affiliations.

Each organization is limited to one application per grant cycle (March 1st to July 1st).  If more than one application is received from the same organization in the same grant cycle, only one application will be considered.

Ineligible Organizations

Grant applications will not be accepted from organizations:

  • Who have received a grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation in each of the three previous grant cycles;
  • That are not classified as exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

In addition, the Green Bay Packers Foundation generally does not fund:

  • Annual appeals or capital campaigns;
  • Camp scholarships;
  • Debt retirement, deficit financing, reduction of an operating deficit or replenishment of resources used to pay for such purposes;
  • Endowments;
  • Fundraising activities or fundraising events;
  • Individuals;
  • Lobbying or legislative activities.

Giving History

The Foundation announced its annual distribution of funds on December 8, 2015, awarding $600,000 to 236 civic and charitable groups throughout the state of Wisconsin.  Of the Foundation's contributions Tuesday, 40 grants – aggregating $110,000 – were awarded to Brown County organizations. Additional grants, totaling $490,000, were made to 196 other groups around the state.

The Foundation now has distributed more than $5.9 million for charitable purposes since it was established in 1986 by Judge Robert J. Parins, then president of the Packers Corporation, "as a vehicle to assure continued contributions to charity."

Other Efforts Supported by the Foundation

The Green Bay Packers Scholarship Program is an educational partnership with Scholarships, Inc. and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.  The program was established in 2002 to benefit students from Brown County.

Scholarship funds totaling $53,000 was awarded – $26,500 to Scholarships Inc., for distribution to students in four-year colleges, and $26,500 to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) for distribution to students in two-year associate degree or apprenticeship trades programs. A portion of the scholarship funds come from National Football League Properties which, at the Packers' request, returns to the Foundation royalty fees paid for using the Packers logo on Wisconsin automobile license plates. Because the royalties do not fully cover the scholarships, the Green Bay Packers fund the remainder of the amount, a figure which totals $151,000 since 2006.

Please contact the following organizations for eligibility criteria:

The Green Bay Packers Foundation distributed an additional $89,080 in 2015 on behalf of National Football League Foundation to support the following initiatives:

  • $20,000 – Community Quarterback Awards recognizing civic leaders for contributions to their communities;
  • $13,500 – NFL’s Coach of the Week program which honors successful Wisconsin high school coaches on a weekly basis throughout the high school football season;
  • $10,000 – Youth Football Grant focusing on a football safety clinic for moms
  • $20,580 – Certified Athletic Trainer Grant to ensure certified athletic trainers are present at high school football games
  • $20,000 – Hometown Huddle/Youth Fitness Zone program;
  • $5,000 – NFL National Partnership Grant focusing on efforts related to Breast Cancer Awareness.