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.
Project/Program Focus Areas
The Foundation will accept a maximum of one grant application from an eligible organization during each three-year cycle. If an organization addresses multiple focus areas, that organization must choose one year to submit a grant application in the three-year cycle. Grant applications are accepted online May 1 to July 1 each year and must be submitted with a project/program that addresses one of that year's specific focus areas.
Specific project/program focus areas by year for the 2020 – 2022 three-year cycle:
- 2020 – elderly, homelessness, human services, hunger
- 2021 – arts and culture, athletics, education
- 2022 – animal welfare, civic and community, environmental, health and wellness (including drug/alcohol and domestic violence)
Organizations that applied for a grant during the 2017 – 2019 three-year cycle will be eligible to apply during the 2020 – 2022 three-year cycle.
- 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.
- Learn how to use our online application system. Review the Frequently Asked Questions.
- Complete and Submit Application. Applications, including all required documents, must be submitted by the end of the day (11:59 p.m. CST) July 1.
- Application Review. Applications are assigned to Trustees for review. Trustees may contact applicants to conduct phone interviews or site visits during the months of August, September and October.
- Final Determination and Notification. Trustees meet in November to finalize grant recipients. All applicants are notified via US mail to the Application Contact at the organization's address.
- Grant Distribution. Grant checks are distributed in December during a luncheon held at Lambeau Field.
WHEN AND HOW TO APPLY
May 1 to July 1 (11:59 p.m. CST)
We only accept applications submitted online.
INFORMATION NEEDED TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION:
- Organization Information
- Request: Description of the project/program a grant is being requested to support, total project/program budget, anticipated impact on the project/program should a grant be awarded, short and long term project/program goals
- Contact Information (application and organization)
- Required Documents: Balance Sheet/Income Statement, Board of Directors Listing, Budget – Project/Program, Budget – Organization, Form 990 or 990EZ (or letter of explanation if not required to file) and other Funders (committed and pending)
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 undersection 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 for at least one of the current year's focus areas listed below:
2020 project/program focus areas: elderly, homelessness, human services, hunger
2021 project/program focus areas: arts and culture, athletics, education
2022 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;
- Camp scholarships;
- Capital campaigns;
- Debt retirement, deficit financing, reduction of an on operating deficit or replenishment of resources used to pay for such purposes;
- Fundraising event or activity sponsorships;
- Lobbying or legislative activities;
- Projects/programs that do not address issues in one of the focus areas identified for the current year;
- Scholarship funds.
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.
- Thomas Cardella, Chairperson
- Marcia Anderson, Alternate Chairperson
- Nancy Armbrust
- Susan Finco
- Jeffrey Joerres
- DJ Long, Jr.
- Larry McCarren
- Dexter McNabb
- Eric Torkelson
- Mike Weller
- Bobbi Jo Eisenreich
DO YOU ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM ORGANIZATIONS OUTSIDE THE STATE OF WISCONSIN?
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 during the three-year period, 2020 – 2022. For example, ABC Organization applies in 2020 for funding of its hunger program and is awarded a grant. ABC Organization is not eligible to apply again until 2023. If ABC Organization applies for funding in 2020 and is not awarded a grant, it is not eligible to apply again until 2023.
IF MY ORGANIZATION APPLIED FOR A GRANT IN 2017, 2018, OR 2019, CAN MY ORGANIZATION APPLY IN 2020?
Yes. Organizations that applied for a grant during the 2017 – 2019 three-year cycle are eligible to apply during the 2020 – 2022 three-year cycle.
WHAT PROJECTS/PROGRAMS DO YOU FUND?
View the "Eligible Organizations and Project/Program Focus Areas" section.
DO YOU CONSIDER REQUESTS FOR CAPITAL CAMPAIGNS?
WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED?
Applications are accepted May 1 to July 1 (11:59 p.m. CST).
ARE THERE ANY LIMITATIONS TO YOUR FUNDING?
View our "Ineligible Organizations and Projects/Programs" section.
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
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?
If you have questions regarding your application, contact us.
Log in to your account. On your account page, change "Show In Progress Applications" to "Show Submitted Applications". To open an application, select the applicable application name under the Application Name column header.
WHAT IS THE DOLLAR RANGE OF GRANTS AWARDED?
This amount varies between a minimum of $3,000 and a maximum of $7,000.
WHAT INFORMATION IS REQUIRED ON THE APPLICATION?
View our "When and When to Apply" section.
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
The Foundation announced its annual distribution of funds on Dec. 4, 2019, awarding $1,000,000 to 192 civic and charitable groups throughout the state of Wisconsin. Of the Foundation's contributions, 22 grants – aggregating $132,000 – were awarded to Brown County organizations. Additional grants, totaling $868,000, were made to 170 other groups around the state. The 2019 grant cycle focused on organizations that directed funds toward the need areas of animal welfare, civic and community, environmental, health and wellness including drug/alcohol and domestic violence causes.
The Foundation now has distributed more than $12.68 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."
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 2019 - $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 $351,000 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.
- Club Matching Youth Football Program Grant - $20,000
- Crucial Catch Team Program Grant - $5,000
- High School Football Coach of the Week Program Grant - $25,500
- Huddle for 100/Play 60 - $55,000
- Salute to Service Team Program Grant - $12,000
- Social Justice Team Program Grant - $10,000
- Social Responsibility Grant - $5,000
- Youth Football Team Program Grant - $10,000