Strengthening Neighborhoods


Milwaukee can be seen as a tale of two cities. On one hand, it has thriving neighborhoods that are teeming with business activity, well-manicured homes and an active night life. On the other hand, many of its neighborhoods battle high unemployment, boarded-up homes and crime.

Then there are those neighborhoods in the middle — ones that are at a tipping point and whose future could go either way. 

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has invested in and worked with community development corporations, neighborhood improvement programs and initiatives and local and national groups that are working to strengthening our city’s neighborhoods — no matter what end of the spectrum.

Recent Grants

LISC Milwaukee: $300,000 (over three years)to increase its capacity as an organization in working on affordable housing, economic development and community safety citywide.

ACTS Community Development Corporation: $50,000 to renovate the historic building at 24th and Cherry streets that houses its office. Phase one includes immediate repairs including a roof replacement, gutters, downspouts, stone repairs at copings and base, masonry work and code compliance work including plumbing and electrical repairs and upgrades.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee: $50,000 to support renovations at the Mary Ryan Boys & Girls Club in Sherman Park, including an ADA accessible bathroom, new furniture and supplies, to make the space more conducive to increased teen programming and accommodate partners providing onsite services.

St. Ben’s Community Meal Program: $50,000 to renovate and transform the former St. Anthony’s Hospital into 60 affordable permanent housing units for homeless and provide critical supportive services for new residents. The new building will expand and enhance medical services provided at the St. Ben’s Clinic and include showers, lockers and a new welcoming space for dinner guests.

Wisconsin Humane Society: $30,000 to expand its Pets for Life community outreach program into the Harambee, Franklin Heights, Halyard Park, Midtown, Lindsay Heights and Walnut Hill neighborhoods. The program provides critical information and resources for pet owners who lack access to a veterinary clinic in their neighborhood.

City of Milwaukee-Environmental Collaboration Office: $25,000 to convert a large blighted space adjacent to Fondy Farmers Market on Milwaukee’s north side into a community gathering space with stormwater features, seating and a stage for local events and programming.

For a complete listing of this quarter’s grants made from our competitive grantmaking process, visit Recent Grants.

Learn More

russell1-web.jpgContact Senior Program Officer Darlene C. Russell to learn more about our community development work.