Increasing economic opportunities

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation: $150,000 (over two years) to support a targeted loan fund working to expand businesses owned by people of color in Milwaukee's near west side neighborhood and beyond.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: $90,000 to underwrite a series of stories on the economic, education, and neighborhood history of Milwaukee from 1977 forward. The series will examine policies, structural considerations which impact a family, and a neighborhood’s ability to thrive economically in Milwaukee. James Causey will be the lead researcher and writer on the series, which will start in August 2016 and run through early 2017.

Mayor’s Earn and Learn Program: $60,000 to support the Mayor's Earn and Learn Fund to provide summer employment to Milwaukee area youth.

Guest House of Milwaukee: $35,000 to cover costs associated with replacing the agency’s laundry appliances, mattresses and storage lockers for guest prescriptions.

Urban Economic Development Association: $25,000 to support further development of a neighborhood-based urban food enterprise network for food entrepreneurs.

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City: $20,000 to provide critical support to the September 12 training day and to help underwrite participation of 50 local central city CEOs in the full program.

Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative: $20,000 to support VetsNet, a one-stop shop, holistic model that brings together a network of partners under one roof to provide a simplified navigation of services and resources along with supportive case management for veterans.

Promoting racial equity and inclusion

Ex Fabula: $20,000 to support a fellowship that promotes community building through meaningful dialogue about privilege and oppression.

Strengthening education

Discovery World: $100,000 to purchase and install a series of six permanent interactive exhibits that will showcase activities to help students explore and understand physics.

Milwaukee Succeeds Transformative Reading Instruction Expansion: $100,000 to expand the Transformative Reading Instruction model from seven to 15 schools.

College Possible: $80,000 to support its AmeriCorps members working in 14 high schools to serve 406 juniors to prepare for the ACT, 353 seniors to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, and an independent evaluation of the program's impact.
City Year: $50,000 to support the work of its AmeriCorps members at South Division High School to tutor 300 ninth graders who are performing below grade level in reading and math.

SHARP Literacy: $50,000 to help launch a pilot program for 4-year-old kindergarten students attending La Casa de Esperanza Charter School in Waukesha.

United Community Center: $50,000 to support the agency’s pre-college program, which serves more than 400 low-income Latino youth from grades six through 12 and focuses on ACT preparation for high school juniors. There also is a bilingual parent engagement component that provides key information about the college application process for Latino parents.

Milwaukee Repertory Theater: $40,000 to support the agency’s Reading Residencies within 31 classrooms and 1,000 middle and high school students during the 2016-2017 season.

Milwaukee Film: $25,000 to support four educational screenings, as part of the annual Milwaukee Film Festival, for 7,500 first through 12th grade students from 65 Milwaukee area schools and provide professional development and curriculum guides for 360 teachers.

Playworks Education Energized: $25,000 to support a Playworks coach at Milwaukee’s Rogers Street Academy who will facilitate a productive recess period so that every child feels included, is active, and builds valuable social and emotional skills.

Teach for America: $25,000 to cover ongoing coaching and professional development of novice teachers.

Casa Guadalupe Education Center: $15,000 to enable the agency to expand two key initiatives supporting the academic performance of low-income Hispanic youth in West Bend and Hartford.

St. Francis Children’s Center: $15,000 to help purchase furniture for its new Family Activity Center.

Silver Spring Neighborhood Center: $10,000 to cover the costs associated with offering an ACT preparation course to 50 high school juniors.

Asset Builders of America: $1,000 to cover the costs for four student entrepreneurs from the Go4it! program funded by WHEDA to attend the South by Southwest Interactive in Austin, Texas in March 2016.

Strengthening Neighborhoods

Housing Resources: $150,000 (over two years) to support its efforts to increase homeownership and economic security for low-to-moderate income families of color. The project will provide pre and post homebuyer education, counseling and services.

Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee: $150,000 (over two years) to provide continued support for its efforts to provide free emergency repair and accessibility modifications for low-income older adults, veterans and homeowners with disabilities, primarily those living in neighborhoods participating in the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative and Building Neighborhood Capacity Program.

Riverworks Development Corporation: $80,000 to renovate and expand its current office facility, located at the intersection of Concordia Avenue and Holton Street. The newly reconstructed building will accommodate a Financial Opportunity Center that provides access to employment assistance, job training and placement; affordable office space and support services for business startups; and a mobile food court that provides outdoor seating area for residents and an area for food trucks and other vendor setup.

Bread of Healing Clinic: $25,000 to support its dental clinic's efforts to provide oral health care services to 300 uninsured low-income adults, 100 of whom are new patients.

Greater Milwaukee Committee: $25,000 to help efforts to activate a public gathering space on the Beerline Trail in Milwaukee’s Harambee neighborhood through its creative placemaking strategy. Local artists will provide a series of performances, workshops and other free activities open to the general public.

Milwaukee Christian Center: $25,000 to support its efforts to continue implementing the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program, a federally-funded neighborhood initiative, in the Clarke Square, Muskego Way and Historic Mitchell neighborhoods.

Riverworks Development Corporation: $25,000 to support the agency’s Neighborhood Ambassadors Program, which is designed to help youth aging out of foster care to work and earn money to support themselves. The six-month training includes workshops and one-on-one coaching through the Financial Opportunity Center. FOC staff will work with ambassadors on money management, building and improving credit, soft skills and goal setting. At the program’s conclusion, participants continue engagement with the FOC to secure permanent employment.

United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee: $25,000 will provide continued support for Metcalfe Park residents to implement the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program, a federally-funded neighborhood initiative. The program is designed to increase community-driven change in the Metcalfe Park neighborhood.

Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County: $10,000 to cover materials for the construction of homes in the final phase of a development of two affordable housing units for single mothers and their children in the Dunbar Oaks Historic neighborhood.

Dominican Center for Women: $1,000 to support its annual spring brunch and auction event.

Regional vitality

La Casa de Esperanza: $100,000 to support an expansion and reshaping of the agency’s campus. Key activities will include acquiring and eliminating blighted properties, creating a large greenspace that will contain a playground and community garden, and consolidating three parking lots into one central lot.

YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee: $75,000 to stabilize the agency as it emerges from bankruptcy and refocuses on its urban mission.

Milwaukee Public Museum: $40,000 to support renovations and purchase items to improve access to the content and physical environment at the Milwaukee Public Museum for individuals with varying abilities.

Skylight Music Theatre Corp: $40,000 to help with repairs to the HVAC system in the Broadway Theater Center.

Benedict Center: $35,000 for second-year support of the Sisters Program, a community, neighborhood and police partnership diversion program that uses a harm reduction model to provide resources and address the needs of women involved with the justice system because of prostitution.

Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health: $30,850 to expand Providers and Teens Communicating for Health, an innovative, teen-delivered educational program that works to improve communication between health care providers and teens about sensitive health topics, into Milwaukee.

Grand Avenue Club: $25,000 to partially support an additional employee who will work with individuals who have experienced mental illness and help them move toward greater self-sufficiency.

Early Music Now: $25,000 to help expand and diversify its audience during its 30th season through programming that includes bringing in Arts Longa de La Habana, an international ensemble from Cuba for its U.S. debut.

Family Enrichment Center of Ozaukee County: $25,000 to support repair and repaving of its parking lot, which accommodates 13 organizations and their clients.

Interfaith Caregivers of Ozaukee County: $23,000 to provide second-year support to continue its efforts in building its fund development program, marketing, and volunteer recruitment.

Milwaukee Artist Resource Network: $20,000 to build its capacity to better serve local artists. This will include expanding the hours of its coordinator, updating its membership structure, and expanding key programs.

African American Breastfeeding Network: $10,000 to increase pathways for families of color to access breastfeeding support services.

Waukesha Hispanic Collaborative Network: $10,000 to support the first-ever Latino music site at Waukesha Friday Night Live, the city’s most prominent warm weather event featuring around nine music stages in downtown Waukesha.

The Women’s Center: $7,000 to support the newly reconstituted Housing Action Coalition in Waukesha.

Milwaukee Pride: $5,000 to support outreach and activities at PrideFest’s health and wellness area.

Medical Society of Milwaukee County: $2,500 to support its public awareness campaign to raise the awareness of prescription drug use in our region.

Public Policy Forum: $2,500 to support a “State of Nonprofits” research project.

Public Policy Forum: $1,600 to support a short-term research project that will inform civic leaders about the strategies used by other metro areas to conduct cultural planning/visioning efforts, and that will identify a path for proceeding with such an effort in Milwaukee.

Black Child Development Institute-Milwaukee: $1,000 to support its 9th annual Shining Stars Celebration.

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