Increasing economic opportunities

La Casa de Esperanza: $300,000 (over three years) in support of the agency’s financial stability initiative, which provides financial literacy education, counseling and other services to help low-income working people build assets and access programs such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Milwaukee County: $50,000 to fund homeless outreach and case management services provided as a part of the county’s multi-pronged approach to end chronic homelessness over the next three years. The plan involves addressing the permanent housing needs of about 300 chronically homeless people followed by case management and other supportive services.

Froedtert Hospital Foundation: $50,000 (over two years) to build the Milwaukee Enrollment Network’s capacity to provide education and assistance to low-income and uninsured individuals who need help with enrollment in public or private health insurance.

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation: $5,000 to promote the Kiva Zip Milwaukee program, a web-based platform that enables underserved entrepreneurs to crowdfund no-interest loans starting at $5,000.

Promoting Racial Equity

Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee: $25,000 to support coordination of a training curriculum and a professional development series that will help nonprofits build their capacity to better serve boys and men of color.

Strengthening education

United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County: $100,000 (over two years) toward implementation of the community schools model in four Milwaukee Public Schools: Auer Avenue, James Madison, Hopkins-Lloyd and Bradley Tech. Each community school works with students, families and the community (including nonprofits, businesses, government, health care, faith and community-based organizations) to align programs and resources to focus on meeting all of a student’s needs.

COA Youth & Family Centers: $75,000 to support the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters program.

PEARLS for Teen Girls: $60,000 for special training and support for staff to increase its capacity to mentor high needs girls, particularly those who are incarcerated or who live in group homes or shelters.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Metropolitan Milwaukee: $25,000 for continued support of mentor2.0, a mentoring program for high school students that combines in-person mentoring with online communication.

First Stage Children’s Theater: $25,000 toward its teaching artist training program, which teaches emerging theater professionals, so that it can work to increase the number of teaching artists and actors of color within area classrooms and professional theater companies.

CF Leads: $10,000 to provide support for leadership opportunities that are available to participants from various community foundations.

UWM Foundation: $1,000 to support annual forums that provide networking opportunities between UWM’s multicultural business students and the greater Milwaukee area business community.

Strengthening neighborhoods

Sixteenth Street Community Health Center: $120,000 (over two years) to support two positions that will work to implement strategies and programming related to the Harbor District and Healthy Neighborhoods initiatives.

ACTS Community Development Corporation: $100,000 (over two years) to support the agency’s homebuyer counseling, real estate brokerage, rehab management and microlending services designed to increase homeownership opportunities for Milwaukee’s central city residents.

Safe & Sound: $25,000 to support its community organizing outreach in Milwaukee’s Clarke Square, Layton Boulevard, Metcalfe Park, Midtown, Amani, Harambee, Parklawn and Sherman Park neighborhoods.

Historic Milwaukee: $10,000 to support the annual Doors Open Milwaukee event, a two-day celebration that offers behind-the-scenes tours of more than 150 buildings in downtown Milwaukee and in surrounding neighborhoods. The grant specifically will support tours and lectures in 10 participating Healthy Neighborhoods areas: Havenwoods, Thurston Woods, Old North Milwaukee, Harambee, Riverwest, Sherman Park, Silver City, Burnham Park, Lincoln Village and Kinnickinnic River Neighborhood.

Burleigh Street Community Development Corp: $6,000 to support the agency’s efforts to revitalize the Sherman Theatre, which has been empty since the 1980s, into a neighborhood-based arts center. The grant will support community engagement sessions and creation of a blog to create an online presence.

Agape Community Center: $3,000 to support the agency’s Yellow Chair do it yourself project in the Thurston Woods area, as part of the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative. The project builds social connections among residents as they paint and assemble pre-cut Adirondack chairs. The project adds curb appeal to the neighborhood.

Riverworks Development Corporation: $3,000 for a beautification project that will create four large street intersection murals in the Harambee and Riverwest neighborhoods, as a part of the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative.

Urban Anthropology: $2,500 for a beautification project in Milwaukee’s Polonia neighborhood, as a part of the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, which will add little free libraries and benches to match the architecture of the south side neighborhood.

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors: $1,000 toward a beautification project that will create unique coordinated address plaques that will be used within the Layton Boulevard West neighborhoods, as a part of the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative.

Regional vitality

United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County: $40,000 (over two years) for continued support of the Thriving Waukesha County Initiative, which is dedicated to long-term sustainability and capacity of the nonprofit sector in Waukesha County.

River Revitalization Foundation: $40,000 in support of continued restoration of Turtle Park, a nearly three acre parcel of land which connects the downtown Milwaukee Riverwalk with the Milwaukee River Greenway.

Boys & Girls Club of Washington County: $35,000 to help the agency purchase a building for a new club in Hartford.

Redline Milwaukee: $30,000 toward expansion of Contemporary Teen Night, a monthly program that offers teens access to the agency’s art studio. The agency plans to offer the program every Friday and increase its engagement with teens of the nearby Hillside Family Resource Center.

Milwaukee Film: $25,000 to support the educational screenings (including curriculum development and professional development of teachers) as part of the annual Milwaukee Film Festival.

IndependenceFirst: $25,000 in support of a portion of the salary for a second full-time independent living coordinator who works with the agency’s leadership program for youth with disabilities.

Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic: $25,000 to help cover costs of dentures, lab fees and other out-of-clinic expenses for low-income, older adult patients with irreversible dental disease.

City of Milwaukee: $20,000 to support work that will transform 21 vacant lots in Milwaukee into urban orchards and pocket parks. The project is a part of Partners for Places, a matching grant program run by the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.

Serenity Inns: $20,000 for the agency’s outpatient program, which treats men on its waiting list who are recovering from alcohol and other drug addictions.

Family Enrichment Center of Ozaukee County: $15,674 to improve the IT systems for the 10 human service agencies that share space within the center’s building in Grafton.

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