Community


Application Process

  1. Determine eligibility
    Review the information on our website to determine if the organization fits our mission and the project/program fits our current funding focus area.
  2. Learn how to use our online application system
    Review the Frequently Asked Questions.
  3. Complete and Submit Application
    Applications, including all required documents, must be submitted by the end of the day (midnight CST) June 1.
  4. Application Review
    Applications are assigned to Trustees for review. Trustees may contact applicants to conduct phone interviews or site visits during the months of July, August, September and October.
  5. Final Determination and Notification
    Trustees meet in November to finalize grant recipients. All applicants are notified via email to the Application Contact.
  6. Grant Distribution
    Grant checks are distributed in December during a luncheon held at Lambeau Field.

When and How to Apply

When to Apply
March 1 to June 1 (midnight CST)

How to Apply
We only accept applications submitted online.

Start a New Application

View Saved but not Submitted Application

Information Needed to Complete the Application

  1. Organization Information
  2. Request
    1. Description of the project/program a grant is being requested to support
    2. Total project/program budget
    3. Anticipated impact on the project/program should a grant be awarded
    4. Short and long term project/program goals
  3. Contact Information (application and organization)
  4. Required Documents
    1. Balance Sheet/Income Statement
    2. Board of Directors Listing
    3. Budget – Project/Program
    4. Budget – Organization
    5. Form 990 or 990EZ (or letter of explanation if not required to file)
    6. Other Funders (committed and pending)

Eligible Organizations and Project/Program Focus Areas

An organization is eligible to submit an application if it is:

  • Physically located in the state of Wisconsin;
  • Classified 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; and
  • Requesting funding for a project/program that addresses issues in one of these focus areas:
    • Elderly
    • Homelessness
    • Human Services
    • Hunger

2018 project/program focus areas: arts and culture, athletics, education

2019 project/program focus areas: animal welfare, civic and community, environmental, health and wellness (including drug/alcohol and domestic violence)

Ineligible Organizations and Projects/Programs

Grant applications will not be accepted from organizations not classified as exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code or have not had a valid IRS Tax ID for a minimum of two years.

The Green Bay Packers Foundation will not accept grant applications for funding of:

  • Annual appeals or capital campaigns;
  • Camp scholarships;
  • Debt retirement, deficit financing, reduction of an on operating deficit or replenishment of resources used to pay for such purposes;
  • Endowments;
  • Fundraising event or activity sponsorships;
  • Individuals;
  • Lobbying or legislative activities;
  • Projects/programs that do not address issues in one of the focus areas identified for the current year;
  • Scholarship funds.

Our Leadership

The Green Bay Packers Foundation is made up of 10 Green Bay Packers Board of Directors. The Trustees review grant applications and make decisions regarding grant disbursements.

Trustees

Terrence Fulwiler, Chairperson

Gerald Ganoni, Alternate Chairperson

Thomas Cardella

Valerie Daniels-Carter

Ricardo Diaz

Donald Long, Jr.

Laurence McCarren

Mark McMullen

Thomas Olson

Judge John Zakowski


Secretary

Bobbi Jo Eisenreich

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept applications from organizations outside the state of Wisconsin?
No.

How do I know if my organization is eligible to apply?
Visit our “Eligible Organizations and Project/Program Focus Areas” page.

How often can my organization apply?
Eligible organizations can apply for a grant once every three years. For example, ABC Organization applies in 2017 for funding of its hunger program and is awarded a grant. ABC Organization is not eligible to apply again until 2020. If ABC Organization applies for funding in 2017 and is not awarded a grant, it is not eligible to apply again until 2020.

If my organization received a grant in 2016, can we apply in the 2017 grant cycle?
Organizations awarded grants in 2016 are eligible to apply in 2017 if funding of the project/program addresses issues in one of the specific focus areas listed for the 2017 grant cycle: elderly, homelessness, human services, hunger and the organization meets the definition of an eligible organization. Visit our “Eligible Organizations and Project/Program Focus Areas” page.

What projects/programs do you fund?
Visit our “Eligible Organizations and Project/Program Focus Areas” page.

Do you consider requests for capital campaigns?
No.

When are applications accepted?
Applications are accepted March 1 to June 1 (midnight CST).

Are there any limitations to your funding?
Visit our “Ineligible Organizations and Projects/Programs” page.

How do I apply?
Only applications submitted through our online application system are accepted.

How do I create an account and what can I do with it?
Organizations submitting applications through our online application system must have (or create) an account. After the account is created, organizations can:

  • View saved, but not yet submitted applications
  • Submit saved applications
  • View submitted applications

Access your account here

To create a new account, go to the “When and How to Apply” page and use the Start a New Application button.

How do I view an application that I have saved, but have not yet submitted?

View Saved but not Submitted Application

If you have questions regarding your application, contact us.

What is the dollar range of grants awarded?
This amount varies between a minimum of $3,000 and a maximum of $10,000.

What information is required on the application?
Visit our “When and When to Apply” page.

Who do I contact if I have questions regarding eligibility or my application?
Contact us via email.

When will I receive a response to my application?
View our “Application Process” page.

Recent Grants and Other Efforts

2016 Grant Distribution

The Foundation announced its annual distribution of funds on December 6, 2016, awarding $800,000 to 316 civic and charitable groups throughout the state of Wisconsin. Of the Foundation's contributions Tuesday, 63 grants – aggregating $172,100 – were awarded to Brown County organizations. Additional grants, totaling $627,900, were made to 253 other groups around the state.

The Foundation now has distributed more than $7.2 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 Green Bay Packers Foundation

Green Bay Packers Scholarship Program

Established in 2002, this educational partnership with Scholarships, Inc. and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College benefits students from Brown County.

Scholarship funds totaling $53,000 were awarded in 2016 - $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 $201,000 since 2006.

For eligibility criteria, contact the following organizations:

Green Bay Packers Foundation and the NFL Foundation
Several initiatives have received support from funds distributed by the Foundation on the behalf of the NFL Foundation.

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Team Program Grant - $5,000
  • Club Matching Youth Football Field/Stadium Grant to Green Bay East High School - $200,000
  • Green Bay Packers Coach of the Week program honoring successful Wisconsin high school football coaches on a weekly basis throughout the high school football season - $13,500
  • Green Bay Packers Give Back Awards recognizing civic leaders for their contributions to the community - $20,000
  • Hometown Huddle/Youth Fitness Zone program - $20,000
  • Youth Football Grant focusing on a football safety clinic for moms - $10,000


About Us

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 Green Bay Packers, Inc. “as a vehicle to assure continued contributions to charity.”  It is a component of Green Bay Packers Give Back, the all-encompassing community outreach initiative.

Our Mission

The Foundation, an entity independent of the Green Bay Packers, Inc., supports 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.

Project/Program Focus Areas

The Green Bay Packers Foundation accepts applications for funding of projects/programs addressing issues in one of the specific focus areas listed for that year’s grant cycle.  Eligible organizations are limited to the submission of one application every three years.

  • 2017 grant cycle project/program focus areas: elderly, homelessness, human services, hunger
  • 2018 grant cycle project/program focus areas: arts and culture, athletics, education
  • 2019 grant cycle project/program focus areas: animal welfare, civic and community, environmental, health and wellness (including drug/alcohol and domestic violence)

Applications are accepted March 1 to June 1 for the current year’s grant cycle project/program focus areas only.