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 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.

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.

Grant Application Process and Timeline

Applications are accepted March 1st through the end of the day July 1st each year.  All applications must be submitted using our online application system. To learn more about the Green Bay Packers Foundation online application process, including how to create an account, review the FAQs or contact us.

CLICK HERE to review a SUBMITTED grant application

  • July 1 – last day to submit grant applications online.
  • July to August – grant applications are assigned to trustees.
  • August to October – trustees review grant applications and may contact applicants to conduct phone interviews or site visits.
  • November – trustees finalize grant recipients.  All applicants are notified.
  • December – distribution of grant checks.

If the grant application contact changes, please contact us so that we can provide timely notifications regarding the grant application.

Grant Progress Reports

Last year’s grant recipients are required to complete a grant progress report. If applying for a grant in the current grant cycle, the grant progress report is included in the grant application. Organizations not applying or not eligible to apply for a grant in the current grant cycle will be provided instructions to complete a grant progress report after July 1st. 

Eligible Organizations

To be eligible to apply for a grant, an organization must:

  • Be physically located in the state of Wisconsin;
  • Have 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 within the grant application if a grant recipient in the previous year; and
  • Submit the documents required to complete the application.

An organization cannot submit more than one application per grant cycle (March 1st to July 1st).

Ineligible Organizations/Grant Requests

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/years. Organizations are eligible to apply after a one-year break (for example: 2013 grant recipient, 2014 grant recipient, 2015 grant recipient, 2016 not eligible to apply, 2017 eligible to apply);
  • That are not classified as exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code;
  • Without a valid IRS Tax ID for a minimum of two years.

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.