Milwaukee neighborhoods are not immune to the unrest experienced in Sherman Park. The Greater Milwaukee Foundation staff heard directly from residents and community leaders across the City of Milwaukee on the need for immediate support for organizations proactively working to prevent turmoil in neighborhoods, build community and strengthen neighborhoods. In August 2016, the Foundation created The Reasons for Hope MKE Fund.
The Reasons for Hope MKE Fund offers a prompt response grant opportunity designed to support community based actions and activities that will encourage social connections, promote peace, and build community cohesion. GMF and our donors seeded the new fund with $200,000 in direct response to many people and organizations who are seeking to take action in their neighborhoods right now, on the ground.
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Please note the last application for this fund must be submitted by November 1. Grants will be awarded twice per month on a rolling basis, beginning on September 16.
Applications will be reviewed by an advisory committee of local community leaders.
Grant decisions will be made twice per month on a rolling basis.
All activities must be completed by December 30, 2016. Successful applicants will be asked to meet at the conclusion of activities to discuss lessons learned.