Ideas to Action Questions

On the Table MKE has the greatest potential for impact when participants put their table’s ideas in motion for the benefit of the community. In 2018 and 2019, the Foundation launched Ideas to Action, a small funding opportunity to support new ideas emerging from table conversations designed to strengthen community and deepen civic involvement. Ideas to Action funding is available again in 2020.
On the Table MKE participants will be eligible to apply for small amounts of funding to strengthen community, deepen civic involvement and cultivate new ideas developed during their conversations. Ideas to Action funding will range in amount from $500 to $2,500, contingent on quantity and viability of applications. The program will use a streamlined online application process:



-          Applicant(s) must participate at a On the Table MKE 2020 registered table

-          Open to nonprofit organizations (standard Foundation grant eligibility applies)

-          Must feature a new idea generated through an On the Table MKE conversation

-          Focus should be on action and collaboration

-          Special consideration given to ideas that advance racial equity and inclusion



-          Oct. 15 – Applications available at

-          Oct. 31 – Application deadline (11:59 p.m. CST)

-          Dec. 20 – Applicants notified of final funding decision



Selection of recipients will be determined by an advisory committee of community members and Foundation donors and staff.


Please note that not all projects will be funded. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions December 20. Award letters will include approved funding amounts and reporting requirements.