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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee: $80,000 (over two years) for the summer employment and training camp for teens living in Sherman Park and 53206 neighborhoods.

Mayor’s Earn and Learn Program: $75,000 for the community work experience component of the Mayor’s Earn and Learn annual summer program, which connects youth ages 14 to 24 with jobs in the nonprofit and community-based sector.

St. Charles Youth & Family Services: $50,000 to support basic employment skills training and entry-level positions to 84 low-income minority youth ages 16 to 18.

ArtWorks for Milwaukee: $40,000 for an arts-based entrepreneurial internship for 15 teens to prepare for business ownership or the workforce.

Asset Builders of America: $15,000 for the Go4it! Success in the Making program, which in partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee, helps educate middle and high school students to learn economic concepts and orient them to entrepreneurial and career options in preparation for an evolving workforce.

LISC: $15,000 toward a catalytic project investment fund that will provide interest-free grants to minority developers in need of catalytic, early stage project investments ranging from $15,000 to $50,000. Developers are graduates of the Associates Commercial Real Estate program, which seeks to expand minority representation in the commercial real estate fields of development, property management and construction management.

SHARP Literacy: $9,000 toward the creation of two full-sized murals under the direction of local artists Meagan Van Ahn and Alberto Villalobos. One will reside at Forest Home Elementary School and one will be featured in the Milwaukee Society of Engineering’s Grohmann Museum. The curriculum-based project complements SHARP’s bilingual Create Art with Code program.

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.