Second quarter Thriving Communities Grants

Above the Clouds: $7,500 to support Let’s Move initiative in North Division for youth to stay engaged in the arts and dance with free classes. This program will support dance and arts education classes to youth ages 5-17 years old in the North Division neighborhood. Classes will be open to all backgrounds and levels of experience in beginning ballet, ballet level 1-pointe, martial arts, hip, piano 101, drama, and modern dance. Students will have opportunities to learn from professional instructors and gain valuable education and technical skills.

All 4 Kidz: $7,500 to support a pilot entrepreneurship program for youth in North Division. This program will be a series of workshops and site visits with business owners where youth, 15-21 years old, will learn and develop their own business ideas. They will take site visits to various businesses to speak with the owners to learn and get feedback on business ideas. At the end of six months, the youth will present their business ideas at a launch event.

Mahogany CARES: $7,500 for the Embrace! Empower! Employ! Our Youth Matter initiative. The initiative will support the mentorship of 15 young ladies in the Sherman Park neighborhood by providing them an opportunity to set goals and set up a plan for success.Participants will be engaging in a 90-day coaching session in both group and one on one setting, exploring each youth’s individual goals for their future with the support from guests in the community who have expertise in wellness, entrepreneurship and career readiness. In a group setting, they will work together as a cohort to discuss current issues, covid-19, grieving and healthy relationships. The impact of the mentorship and cohort model is to have participants create a plan for their future in their areas of interest and skills. 

Program the Parks MKE: $7,500 to support filming and training for youth to be involved in a community-led documentary project. This documentary project will bring together youth, activists, elected officials, and community leaders. The documentary will focus on perspectives from youth and organizers in Milwaukee, and on positive impacts in the community. Though this documentary is highlighting citywide efforts, the youth participants will be recruited Program the Parks MKE, a nonprofit which serves youth in Sherman Park area. There will be youth interviews and training opportunities for youth to film and edit alongside experienced professionals. 

Understanding God’s Love For You: $7,500 to support Camp UGLY. Camp UGLY will lead 6 workshops on personal development and team building for youth ages 12-17 years old in the North Division neighborhood. Topics for the workshops will include a self-assessment, learning about self-esteem, etiquette. Youth will also have opportunities to do team building outside the classes on site visits throughout the city.

Walnut Way Conservation Corporation: $7,300 to support a Children’s Community Wealth Building Campaign in partnership with Hopkins Lloyd Community School in North Division to engage with 10-11 year olds starting in the fall of 2021. Through this partnership, students will become entrepreneurs by working cooperatively to design and sell a line of T-Shirts through Walnut Way's DesignAway, an apparel printing social enterprise. Project leads will assess students' interest, talents and skills, which will allow them to democratically assign leadership roles. Students will learn how to design, produce, market and sell their t-shirts using DesignAway's e-commerce platform.

Second quarter grants as of June 26

4C for Children: $400,000 to support a cohort of family and center‐based providers through an accreditation process using coaching, technical assistance and financial supports to improve access to high quality child care for Black and Brown families.

Black Leaders Organizing for Communities: $100,000 to support its advocacy capacity as part of the Foundation’s advocacy community cohort. The intention is to strengthen the capacity of organizations led by people of color through general operating grant funds, community-building across organizations engaged in advocacy, and administrative support for emergent and transformative movement building.

Capitol Heights Neighborhood Association: $20,000 to help young people between the ages of 14‐18 establish healthy work habits and participate in building a positive image of their community by providing lawn and window washing service to area residents.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation: $150,000 to support a study using artery function and socioeconomic factors to determine risk of cardiovascular disease in African American and Latinx children. 

Common Ground: $100,000 to support the renovation of Washington High School Athletic Field, located within the Sherman Park neighborhood. The field will be renovated and expanded and will include a rubberized track, an artificial turf field, two half‐court basketball courts and a storm water storage and management system. 

Hmong American Women’s Association: $100,000 to support its advocacy capacity as part of the Foundation’s advocacy community cohort. The intention is to strengthen the capacity of organizations led by people of color through general operating grant funds, community-building across organizations engaged in advocacy, and administrative support for emergent and transformative movement building. 

Leader’s Igniting Transformation: $100,000 to support its advocacy capacity as part of the Foundation’s advocacy community cohort. The intention is to strengthen the capacity of organizations led by people of color through general operating grant funds, community-building across organizations engaged in advocacy, and administrative support for emergent and transformative movement building. 

LISC Milwaukee: $100,000 to provide general operating support to cover salary, benefits, training, travel and occupancy not covered by specific programmatic grants or earned revenue. The funds will be used and leveraged for LISC local office only. 

Martin Luther King Economic Development Corp: $100,000 to launch a neighborhood homeownership program to provide home readiness, financial education and financial assistance, closing costs, home repair grants and down payment assistance. The goal is to increase black homeownership in the Harambee, Halyard Park and Brewers Hill neighborhoods. 

Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health: $100,000 to support its advocacy capacity as part of the Foundation’s advocacy community cohort. The intention is to strengthen the capacity of organizations led by people of color through general operating grant funds, community-building across organizations engaged in advocacy, and administrative support for emergent and transformative movement building.

Northcott Neighborhood House: $5,000 to support Milwaukee’s 50th anniversary Juneteenth Day celebration, a cultural celebration emphasizing education and the achievements of African Americans.

Penfield Children’s Center: $25,000to help support the salaries/benefits of Penfield's early education teachers and help fund classroom supplies and necessary COVID‐19 precautions, such as UV lights, gloves, thermometers, wipes, masks, and hand sanitizer.

Southside Organizing Committee: $100,000 to support its advocacy capacity as part of the Foundation’s advocacy community cohort. The intention is to strengthen the capacity of organizations led by people of color through general operating grant funds, community-building across organizations engaged in advocacy, and administrative support for emergent and transformative movement building.

Voces de la Frontera: $100,000 to support its advocacy capacity as part of the Foundation’s advocacy community cohort. The intention is to strengthen the capacity of organizations led by people of color through general operating grant funds, community-building across organizations engaged in advocacy, and administrative support for emergent and transformative movement building.

WWBIC: $100,000 to provide general operating support, primarily staff salaries for those directly engaged in working with diverse business owners in outreach, business education, small business one‐on-one counseling and lending.

Second quarter grants as of May 17

30th Street Industrial Corridor Corporation: $50,000 in general support to enhance its capacity to execute its mission to collectively promote and spark economic resurgence for businesses and residents in the 30th Street Corridor.

4C for Children: $50,000 to help develop a resource room for home- and center‐based early childhood care providers who need access to supplies and materials. Free available resources include copying machines, laminating equipment, a curriculum library and books. 

Above the Clouds: $10,000 to help sustain its programs like instruction in ballet, drama, modern dance, hip hop, martial arts, music (vocal) and various art mediums that it provides at no charge to young people, ages 5 to 17.

African American Chamber of Commerce: $50,000 to fund a COVID-19 recovery fund that offers grants to assist small businesses with reopening and recovery due to the pandemic.

African American Chamber of Commerce: $30,000 to advance entrepreneurial activities at the Legacy Co‐Working and Innovation Center (AKA the Legacy). These funds will underwrite a year of leases for five entrepreneurs at the Legacy (totaling $24,000) and provide these entrepreneurs with a $1,200 stimulus per business (totaling $6,000) for essential needs.

AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin: $50,000 to help fund the HIV Medical Home programs which include medical, mental health, care coordination and social services such as food pantry services and medication assistance programs for HIV positive individuals who are either uninsured or have limited resources. 

American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin Foundation: $15,000 to support the Youth Program which teaches young people how to secure a successful future and the societal changes they seek through positive interaction with their peers, community leaders, elected officials, and adult mentors. With a diverse group of local artists, and using art and using multiple channels, platforms and art techniques, ACLU empowers youth to speak out against injustice, providing them with the tools and resources they need to amplify their voices and become civically engaged.

American Diabetes Association: $12,500 to support a diabetes prevention program for kids 5 to 12 years old with a family history of prediabetes, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, or heart disease from high‐risk low‐income communities.

Art Start: $25,000 to support the Creative Connections program, which targets students from 14 to 21 years old, primarily from historically marginalized communities, who have demonstrated talent and/or interest in pursuing a creative path, personally or professionally. Youth can connect with the program in multiple ways and can access the Art Start Portrait Project, a 12‐month multimedia project and platform in which youth participants work with professional photographers and other creative professionals to portray the complex narratives of their identities. The resulting portraits and related interviews are exhibited in multimedia gallery exhibitions (virtual, as necessary), public campaigns, and the online archive, offering a platform for self‐expression, determination and representation. The Emerging Artist Program offers youth artist residencies to explore pre‐employment and skill building in the creative arts industries, with weekly cohort meetings, sponsored tuition to creative coursework, industry mentoring, portfolio creation, and participation stipends to support them financially. Among the participating program partners are MPS' Black and Latino Male Achievement program and Casa Romero Renewal Center.

Bembe Drum and Dance: $25,000 to support drumming and dance to connect Latinx and other multi‐ethnic youth of color to African‐based culture as a source of pride within their heritage. 

Bethesda Lutheran Communities: $35,000 to provide housing for seniors 55+, and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, at below market rate. The housing will have 68 units with six at market rate. Funds will cover the front end preconstruction cost: surveys/studies, appraisals, environmental site assessments, geotechnical and engineering analysis, and other needs. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ozaukee County: $4,000 to support the development of new volunteer recruitment strategies, including diversifying their volunteer base to better suit the needs of the kids they serve. 

BizStarts Milwaukee: $30,000 to support a six-week cohort for two groups of 20‐25 entrepreneurs. The program consists of one‐on‐one coaching, workshops, peer learning, and access to partner resources and evaluation, mentor, business plans, and to review business operations/processes.

BloomMKE: $1,000 This grant will support youth ages 10 to 14 as they work in the garden and gardening program. Youth will earn a stipend to go towards purchasing school supplies at the end of summer.

Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System: $35,000 to expand the African American Entrepreneurship Research Initiative. It is a five step project that will engage and support African American businesses.

Boys & Girls Club of Dane County: $30,000 to support creation of a statue commemorating the Honorable Vel R. Phillips, Wisconsin’s First Lady of Civil Rights, to be erected upon the Wisconsin State Capitol grounds in Madison. 

Carmen High School of Science and Technology: $50,000 to help retrofit space at the elementary school to support a medical clinic. 

Casa Guadalupe Education Center: $20,000 to help Latino middle and high school students in Washington County succeed in school, graduate high school at a higher rate, and achieve their postsecondary education and career goals.

Casa Romero Renewal Center: $12,670 to support Journeys: Exploring Identity and Voice through the Arts, which includes after‐school workshops, retreats, and summer day camps that offer students from urban communities the opportunity to work with Milwaukee artists, many who are individuals of color, as they explore various forms of artistic expression. CR's arts programming offers youth from MPS schools, as well as from Messmer and Cristo Rey, hands‐on art experiences designed to enhance students' self‐awareness, explore their cultures, and inspire them to express their values artistically. 

Cedarburg Art Museum & Society: $22,000 to support publication of the most comprehensive book on the history of Wisconsin art ever written, a chronology that reviews the artists and their art in the context of Wisconsin's history, beginning with the original inhabitants more than 13,000 years ago and concluding with the end of the 20th century. The 400‐page book will be written, edited and designed by Wisconsin talent, including Tom Lidtke, former director of the Museum of Wisconsin Art and Dr. Annemarie Sawkins, former director of the Haggerty Museum, and printed by local companies. CAM anticipates the book will be completed by the fall of 2021 and will provide and distribute more than 100 books to 64 public high schools and 43 public libraries in the metro Milwaukee area, including numerous MPS schools.

Clean Wisconsin: $30,000 to support the renovation and expansion of the park at 29th and Melvina, particularly the green infrastructure associated with the park.

Convergence Resource Center: $35,000 to support mental health programs and supportive services for women recovering from trauma.

CORE El Centro: $10,000 to support supplemented CSA boxes and educational classes about the products in the CSA boxes.

Donna Lexa Community Arts Center: $12,000 to support well‐being, growth and community through art for teens, adults and elders with cognitive, developmental and physical disabilities; severe and persistent mental illness and conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or military service‐related Post‐Traumatic Stress Disorder. Funds will be used to support teacher compensation, facilities costs and art supplies for Open Studio programming in Waukesha and Milwaukee.

East Side Business Improvement District: $20,000for a project that includes 13 pieces of public art, in the form of murals and painted picnic tables, for the East North Ave area, offering opportunities for local and regional artists to create and install public art in one of the most densely populated and highly trafficked areas of the state. Three murals will be commissioned for Black Cat Alley, an arts & tourism destination and city landmark. In addition to the murals, artists will be commissioned to paint 10 wooden picnic tables which will offer both public art and public seating in the City‐run parking lot located at 1915 E North Ave in the Summer and Fall of 2021. This year the Art Lot will be open longer and will offer more free programming (makers' market, live music and open mic events) to the public. Like the new Black Cat Alley murals, the artist selection process will again include a priority for BIPOC/Women/LGBTQ+ artists, specifically from Milwaukee County 

Ebenezer Child Care Centers: $35,395 to support the mental health development for staff so they can, in turn, support the children and families they serve.

Ex Fabula: $25,000 to help sustain its work with diverse communities and help fund its Youth Storytelling program.

Feast of Crispian: $30,000 to support theatre‐based, therapeutic interventions to bring together professional actors and post‐deployment service veterans to teach and strengthen emotional resources that veterans need to overcome traumatic and reintegration issues. Feast of Crispian's three‐day intensive workshops, weekly classes and an annual full production help veterans deal with symptoms of Post‐Traumatic Stress Disorder, polytrauma or substance abuse recovery.

Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps: $4,000 to support participants to apply natural lawn care services to restore the long‐term health and resiliency of high‐intensity playfields and greenspaces at the Highland Montessori School, Brown Street Academy and Neighborhood House, as well as public spaces of the Midtown and Metcalfe Park neighborhoods. The project also will train 15 Milwaukee young adults for employment in the green infrastructure sector to continue to apply sustainable and natural lawn care service

Great Lakes Dryhootch: $20,000 to provide veteran peer‐to‐peer support. 

Greater Together: $25,000 to support community‐based projects in 2020, including Creative Connect, the pandemic hindered the income generation efforts of this quite new nonprofit. GT has been engaging in a strategic planning process that is highlighting the significant role of partner organizations in implementing GT's mission. With these operating funds, GT will continue to focus on building equity in Milwaukee's creative talent pipeline, and advancing equity in Milwaukee's creative workplaces, while working to strengthen the capacity of the organization that has to date been anchored by the volunteer efforts of the founder and a small part‐time staff. 

Historic Milwaukee: $10,000 to support Doors Open 2021, which will be a hybrid event with extensive virtual programs (online tours, events, music, and art activities) and a limited number of in‐person tours requiring reservations. Arts program partners will include Artists Working in Education, Access Contemporary Music, and Milwaukee/Puerto Rican artist Erick Ledesma, who will create an Open Doors children's activity book in English and Spanish. Also featured will be the second year of "Neighborhood Gems," a program of presentations by community leaders and artists in partnership with Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service and Adam Carr. In addition, HMI will develop a free app tour focusing on Milwaukee's North Milwaukee neighborhood, a predominantly African American neighborhood, that will share the area's history and current cultural assets, such as the recent "Visual Vibes" mural installation along Villard Avenue and the Art Haus in the historic Village Hall. The app tour will be available as a downloadable PDF printout and on the HMI website for those without smartphones.

Housing Resources: $50,000 to increase homeownership opportunities for low‐and moderate income buyers. Funds will support the salaries of two FTE housing counselors to help LMI residents to achieve homeownership. HRI is seeking support to provide programs to LMI residents in Milwaukee Ozaukee, Washington, and Waukesha counties who are interested in purchasing their first homes.

Hunger Task Force: $50,000 to support the purchase and renovation of the nonprofit’s new building, which will allow increased capacity and space for staff and programs in one building.

Johnson Foundation: $13,000 to support a leadership retreat for some of Milwaukee’s frontline activists, advocates and organizers. The purpose of the event is to build community, skills, and alignment among Milwaukee activists, advocates, and organizers by providing space for them to reflect and learn while removing environmental distractions as they continue to look for ways to address social justice issues and create a just society.

Latino Arts: $20,000 to support Edu‐C‐Arte: "Stronger Together," which provides educational opportunities for students, teachers and community members, through art‐based cultural experiences rooted in Hispanic/Latino culture, while providing many opportunities for direct engagement. In spring 2021, students are being introduced to artist Mauricio Ramirez in preparation for a Latino Arts gallery exhibition of Ramirez's art work in fall 2021. Ramirez will present a student workshop that will culminate in a mural at Bruce Guadalupe Community School. In 2021‐22, Latino Arts will collaborate with the MSOE Grohmann Museum on an exhibit on the history of the Labor Movement in Wisconsin. Enrique Figueroa and Jesus Salas will advise on the content of this exhibit. 

LISC Milwaukee: $5,000t o support the 22nd Annual MANDI Award event, which promotes neighborhood and community development efforts in Milwaukee. 

Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan: $20,000 to support school‐based mental health services in four MPS schools. 

Lynden Inc: $20,000 to support Call & Response, a cross‐disciplinary, community focused, artist‐driven initiative, which brings together artists, educators, community members and scholars to construct a space for artists of color to celebrate the radical Black imagination to re‐examine the past and imagine a better future. The C&R community is based in residencies, exhibitions, performances; educational and public programs; and collaborations and site visits with new artists. 2021 will include virtual and in‐person residencies and public programs with artists Daniel Minter, Arianne King Comer, Reggie Wilson, Scott Barton, and Portia Cobb.

Milwaukee Community Land Trust: $40,000 to provide general operating support including a staff position, hardware expenses, consultant support, and capital for both permanent homeownership affordability subsidy and emergency maintenance of MCLT homes. 

Milwaukee County Historical Society: $20,000 to support "My Milwaukee" exhibit which will build on the 2021 exhibit, "Milwaukee: Where the Waters Meet." The exhibit and related educational programming will explore Milwaukee's water history and will demonstrate the importance of water to our past, present, and future. MCHS again will partner with UW‐Milwaukee's ArtsEco program through which students receive arts and history educational programming and develop a piece of art that reflects what they learned. The Haggerty Museum and Reflo are additional project partners. The 2022 exhibit content and digital interactive components will be complemented with physical interactive components and in‐person and virtual programs, as public health guidelines allow. Following MCHS's presentation of the exhibit the new interactive elements and portions of the exhibit will be able to travel. Many of the related programs will be free and several will be offered in other locations to remove transportation barriers.

Milwaukee Environmental Consortium: $10,000 to support programming to engage residents along the 30th Street industrial corridor and the Lincoln Creekway to explore nearby natural areas, advocate for their environmental assets, help maintain natural areas and enjoy the benefits of nature.

Milwaukee Film: $25,000 to support year‐round programs and operations, including the annual Milwaukee Film Festival, the Minority Health Film Festival, the organization’s youth education programs, and Cultures & Communities events and screenings.  

Milwaukee Jewish Federation: $20,000 to support "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?" ‐ to be displayed in the museum's Special Exhibit Gallery from June 17 to September 5, 2021. The exhibit will feature 35‐40 pieces of artwork created by Jewish artists working as part of the WPA's Federal Art Project that have been drawn from area museums and collectors. An expansive range of community programs created by Museum staff in collaboration with local artists, arts advocates and scholars will offer opportunities to explore some of the other outputs of the WPA including music, city planning, and oral histories and to draw connections between the community role of art during the WPA and today. A virtual tour of the exhibit will be made available online for groups who cannot visit in person. In‐person programs will be recorded where possible to share with a broad audience. The project includes a focus on Milwaukee's BIPOC artists working in the public art realm through mural creation today. 

Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club: $25,000 to support capacity building for educators and staff to better serve youth dealing with mental health and trauma. 

Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition: $25,000 to support the Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival at the Oriental Theater in October 2021, a festival that was launched nearly seven years ago. The Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival offers the broader Milwaukee community and beyond an opportunity to experience films from around the world that challenge their perceptions of Muslims, and that entertain, educate and broaden perceptions. The 2021 festival will include talkbacks with directors and community organization representatives, and musical and other cultural demonstrations. To build interest and a larger audience after the one‐year hiatus, MMWC will host a monthly virtual film screening with talkback sessions building up to the in‐person festival. 

Milwaukee Opera Theatre: $16,500 to support programming which has continued through the pandemic via a mix of virtual and live/socially‐distant performances. In 2021/22, it will produce both virtual and live/socially‐distant creative work including partnerships with 1) local poet Brit Nicole and Tricklebee Cafe, Milwaukee's Northside pay‐what‐you‐can restaurant, to create an operatic snapshot of this unique, minority‐owned business and its place in the community; 2) Milwaukee's Pink Umbrella Theater Company, an emerging local company whose mission is to promote and provide theater that is accessible and inclusive with people who identify with a physical, intellectual, or emotional disability; 3) local early music vocal ensemble Aperi Animam, in a new production of L'ORFEO, one of the earliest and most foundational operas in the repertoire in a newly‐commissioned English translation. The season also will feature additional commissions and educational initiatives, including Script & Score education and the Voice Lab workshop series. 

Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation: $50,000 to support development of sensory friendly accessible library space for children with special needs. 

NAMI Of Washington County: $10,000 to support peer led mental health and stabilization programming and community education.

National Audubon Society: $25,000 to support engagement opportunities, stipends, and tailored activities for youth of color to explore, learn, and teach others about the benefit of nature in their own communities. They will work with local organizations to immerse and provide local families and children with culturally resonant experiences that induce a deeper connection with nature and encourage residents to feel safe in green spaces.  

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee: $15,000 to provide high‐quality arts education to low‐income children (ages 6 weeks to 19 years) from some of Milwaukee's most under‐resourced neighborhoods. In 2021/22, the initiative will focus on the theme “Global Guardians” via a series of arts residencies provided by artists (Magin Razo, Cecilio Negron Jr., David Wake, Chrystal Lester, Cassie Rogala and teachers from Ko Thi Dance Company). Activities for students will include nature‐focused traditional and contemporary African, Asian, Latin and Native American dance, music and visual arts projects. Students also will explore nature‐based photography and poetry. Culminating projects include nature‐informed art, dances and music for public performance and display. NH's goal is to serve 200 unduplicated students, from NH early childhood and youth programs and Story Elementary.

Next Door Foundation: $50,000 to support a multi‐phase plan to re‐open its early childhood education classrooms; currently 60 percent of children are enrolled in onsite programs while 40 percent are enrolled in the virtual program. 

Nia Imani Family: $10,000 in general operating support for its 24-month transitional living and life skills program that offers holistic services to young mothers and their children.

Northwest Side Community Development Corporation: $50,000 to fund a technical assistance expansion for small minority- and women-owned early childhood educator providers. 

Our Space: $20,000 to support expanded peer support services to help it respond to individuals in need during the pandemic.  

Outreach Community Health Centers: $30,000 to help cover the costs of a new fire alarm system for the renovated and expanded behavioral health treatment space.

Pastors United Community Advocacy: $40,000 to support protecting voter rights of the African American community. 

Prism Economic Development Corp: $25,000 to support the UpStart Kitchen program, which serves as an incubator for entrepreneurs who want to grow or start their food‐oriented business. The program provides supportive services, training, mentoring, and community connections to help businesses succeed. A new TA program with one‐on‐one intake assessment, individuals will be placed in a cohort based on their level of knowledge and experience. They will be provided with training, classes and coaching to have a clear picture of how to move forward.

Project Concern of Cudahy/St. Francis: $500 to purchase two countertop shields for the in‐take area, face shields for volunteers, and face masks for patrons.

Reclaiming Our Neighborhoods: $20,000 to support the coalition of neighborhood organizations, city of Milwaukee departments and housing agencies which aims to improve the quality of housing in Milwaukee through data‐informed, resident‐engaged strategies and actions.

Renaissance Theaterworks: $25,000 to support the 2021 performance season, community outreach and capacity building to help the organization recover from COVID‐19. 

Riverwest Food Pantry: $10,000 to purchase new equipment to enhance the experience of shoppers when they come into the building.

Riverworks Development Corporation: $50,000 to fund the Black Business Development Team, which will expand technical assistance services for Black entrepreneurs in priority neighborhoods. 

Ruach: $25,000 to provide virtual programming to a number of organizations in Sherman Park including Yeshiva Elementary School, 53rd Street School, and Sherman Multicultural Arts School through an abbreviated Sherman Park Arts Labs program and through the annual Sherman Park Arts Festival. As schools re‐open and more in‐person activities become possible, RUACH seeks to expand its network of school partners and more fully implement Sherman Park Arts Labs during the 2021/22 school year. 

SaintA: $25,000 to help address the increased demand for treatment of depression and anxiety in children, youth, and families most impacted by COVID‐19.

Skylight Music Theatre Corp: $25,000 to help sustain the company due to the serious negative impact that COVID‐19 has had on the operating budget.  

Sojourner Family Peace Center: $10,000 to its general operations to assist with shelter, food, clothing as well as advocacy services to assist survivors in obtaining sustainable necessities such as housing and income in the future.

Teens Grow Greens: $40,000 to support Teens Grow Greens' internship program which teaches entrepreneurial and professionalism skills through experiential education that allows the Interns to develop their communication, planning, and team building skills through time and effort.

The Business Council: $25,000 to diversify food vendors for senior meals. This will support 4 BIPOC restaurants as well as provide seniors with hot, more culturally appropriate meals.

The Nehemiah Project: $10,000 to support the launch of a read aloud project designed to promote literacy for kids in K‐4 through 3rd grade.

UWM Foundation: $35,000 to connect arts‐based projects with Milwaukee community organizations and residents, youth through adult. The program supports social justice through multi‐arts engagements to promote story‐building, kinesthetic/expressive learning, social‐emotional skill building, and advocacy for change. The projects engage community members who are impacted by systemic racism, economic and racial injustice, unfair immigration policy and decades of divestment in parts of the City. Each project places artists in residence with community partners and includes instruction and hands‐on art making in the featured art forms, including film/animation, visual art, music, theater and dance, and blacksmithing, all of which is connected to larger goals, including social justice, social‐emotional well‐being and community change.

Victory Garden Initiative: $30,000 to support the pay‐what‐you‐can urban farm stand, as well as programming that supports creating a local food system within Harambee.

Walnut Way Conservation Corporation: $50,000 to expand the number of businesses that have an online presence by expanding mercadoMKE e‐commerce platform. MercadoMKE is a newly launched online marketplace for restaurants, retail/makers, and service businesses.

Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic: $35,000 to support dental care and services for low‐income children and adults.

Wisconsin Lutheran Child and Family Service: $25,000 to support intensive day treatment services for youth.

Wisconsin Veterans Network: $10,000 for supportive services to help veterans navigate accessing housing, food and basic need resources. This organization helps all veterans despite status and where they cannot find a resource they directly provide for the need of the veteran.

Woodland Pattern: $30,000 to support operating funds and programming funding as public health guidelines shift. 


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