milwaukee police foundation
When it comes to community-police relations, the Milwaukee Police Foundation puts the community first in everything we do. Our mission to improve safety for Milwaukee is built on improving the tools and resources for the Milwaukee Police Department and those they serve.
A funding application may be submitted by any Milwaukee County Police Department officer. Your commanding officer must be notified of the request. Complete all form areas and provide supporting documentation, such as written estimates or proposals, which indicate exactly what the Foundation would be paying a vendor if the grant is approved. Thorough documentation increases the likelihood that your request will receive proper consideration. Please retain a copy for your records.
Once the Foundation receives a completed request for funding from a Milwaukee Police Officer, it is reviewed first by a subcommittee of the Foundation Board to ensure that the Foundation is the most appropriate source of funding and that the request fits within Foundation Giving Guidelines. This committee makes recommendations on each request to the Foundation Board for final funding decisions. The Allocations subcommittee meets quarterly in January, March, July, and September. The Foundation Board meets quarterly in February, April, August, and October.
The Foundation will generally support projects that enhance law enforcement proficiency and efficiency; increase officer safety; encourage community support and understanding, and foster personnel development and well-being. The Foundation’s Board of Directors consults with Police Department leadership for assistance in prioritizing funding needs. Please note that the Foundation may turn down certain funding requests that fit the guidelines. This typically occurs due to a lack of available funds; the Foundation cannot fund everything requested.
When multiple requests are received that meet these guidelines, the Foundation is most likely to approve the request that:
Is less expensive (leaving more money to fund additional requests)
- Is logistically less difficult to implement (items for every Officer can be difficult to field across the entire force in certain instances)
- Includes equipment or programs that are lasting, not easily broken or misplaced
- Has more detailed information surrounding the request and an implementation plan and maintenance plan (as needed)
- Maximizes visibility to the Community and to the entire department is not likely to be covered by existing department funds now or in the future. We cannot fund out-of-town training or travel.
The Milwaukee Police Foundation provides monetary support, services, and goods to the Milwaukee Metropolitan and Milwaukee Police Departments. Requests to the Foundation come directly from the men and women in uniform regardless of their position. The Foundation expedites the most crucial requests within 24 hours, helping to ensure the highest level of police service to the Milwaukee community. The Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization. Our purpose is to provide a safety net to fund needs that are not met by the city budget.