as of Feb. 8, 2022

4th Dimension Sobriety: $12,000 to fund holistic health services including meditation, yoga, reiki and acupuncture for clients going through addiction recovery.  

ACTS Community Development Corporation: $50,000 to support homeownership support services including homebuyer and financial coaching, real estate services, lending services and home rehab coaching.

Advocates of Ozaukee: $15,000 toward the purchase of food for clients in shelter, and food for clients as they find new homes.

Alianza Latina Aplicando Soluciones: $12,900 to support the cost of running the food program, including renting a van to pick up the food.

American Heart Association: $50,000 to fund training on accurate blood pressure measurement to both patients and providers at the Muslim Community and Health Center.

Art Start: $30,000 to support the Creative Connections program offering creative personal and professional development opportunities for Milwaukee youth from historically marginalized communities. The program includes Creative Sessions, Emerging Artist Program and the Art Start Portrait Project, a multimedia project for youth to portray the complex narratives of their identities that will culminate in powerful exhibitions of meaningful student portraits

Arts@Large: $30,000 to support programs to ensure that Milwaukee Public School students will receive high quality arts experiences within their education. Programming will include professional development for teachers and artist/educators, artist residencies, curriculum support, instructional coaching and interactive arts field trips to the community center on South 5th Street. 

ArtWorks for Milwaukee: $35,000 to support two, 10‐month, paid graphic design/mental health advocacy internships for high school students. Teen participants of different races and ethnicities, neighborhoods, schools and gender identities will learn graphic design skills and then work in teams to apply these skills to a multi‐media campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues, particularly those exacerbated by the pandemic.

Capita Productions: $20,000 to support the We Are the Drum 2022 musical theater program, a full‐length revue of 400 years of African‐American history and culture featuring an intergenerational cast of Milwaukee youth and adults. The mentoring/ rehearsal sessions are offered at no cost to participants. The performance will be video recorded, so it can be offered as a virtual option along with an updated curriculum for schools to use with students as they view the live or recorded production.

Carmen High School of Science and Technology: $50,000 to fund the build‐out of a health clinic located on the Carmen Northwest campus to provide health services to students and families. The clinic will be run in coordination with Outreach Community Health Centers.

Cathedral Center: $40,000 to support case management in the emergency shelter.

Charles Allis & Villa Terrace Museums: $25,000 for its move, under new leadership, from a historic, traditional, quasi‐elite role in Milwaukee's arts and culture community to a more active participant in the racial equity and social justice movements. In 2022, CAVT will develop and present thoughtful, targeted exhibitions, educational programs and workshops that spark community conversations related to racial equity in Milwaukee, and fully engage the diversity of Milwaukee's creative community, particularly emerging artists.

City of Milwaukee: $77,904 for the anti-displacement fund.

D&D Respite Workers Corp.: $10,000 to fund respite worker services for individuals with a chronic or terminal illness. These services fulfill the need for companionship and provide other caregivers a break in four-hour blocks.

Danceworks: $20,000 to support a collaboration between Danceworks and Jade Charon, a BIPOC interdisciplinary artist and choreographer. The primary partner organization for the project is Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, which will serve as the site of the artist residency component. Charon will come to Milwaukee in winter to set a piece on Danceworks Performance Company about societal labels. Danceworks will present Jade Charon's Restore Arts Festival in its studio theater in April 2022.

Diverse and Resilient: $25,000 to fund HIV and STI prevention focused on African American men who have sex with men, and African American trans women. 

Ebenezer Stone Ministries: $40,000 to purchase a walk‐in freezer and refrigerator.

Feast of Crispian: $25,000 to support monthly and weekly theatre workshop intensive sessions. The workshops are designed to teach veterans and their families through theatre training the skills necessary to express and resolve trauma‐related and reintegration issues 

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin: $50,000 to support the mobile food pantry in Lindsay Heights, serving older adults.

Friends Inc.: $15,000 to support shelter and services for survivors of domestic and sexual assault. This is the only support of this type in Washington County.

Gathering of Southeast Wisconsin: $15,000 to support the cost of food, supplies and equipment and facility maintenance at the Running Rebels meal site. 

Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge County: $15,000 to support a part‐time worker in the construction department to help oversee three new house builds in 2022. Funding also will support improvements to construction departments by providing repairs to the fleet of trucks. 

Heartland Housing: $25,000 to fund on‐site art therapy sessions with Art Therapy House and other youth and family focused programming as wrap around housing services.

HeartLove Place: $15,000 to support an eight-week program that uses visual art as a way for youth to develop and improve their artistic abilities through self-exploration and storytelling. Three installments of this program will be offered in 2022 in spring, summer and fall. Funds will support artistic personnel, art supplies, including a starter art kit for each participant, marketing of the program and, if possible due to the pandemic, field trips to explore art around Milwaukee.

Hmong American Friendship Association: $25,000 to support staffing and the purchase of culturally specific food for the pantry which has seen a large increase in demand due to the pandemic.

Hope House of Milwaukee: $15,000 to support maintenance of the emergency shelter.

Islands of Brilliance: $50,000 to support a collaboration between Islands of Brilliance and University of Wisconsin‐Milwaukee researchers that will explore how creativity and arts-based intervention serve as vehicles for preparing autistic individuals for the workforce. This research aims to address high unemployment among neurodiverse populations. The grant will ensure capacity for IOB to fulfill its critical role in providing the field expertise toward the planning and execution of the research.

JFS Housing: $30,000 to support three meals a day, seven days a week for low-income older adults.

Just One More Ministry: $25,000 to support increased staffing needed to run mobile pantries and supply established pantries with additional food items. 

Koinonia Family Development Center: $10,000 to purchase equipment to support the meal program.

La Casa de Esperanza: $50,000 to support financial coaching and counseling services through in‐person, drive‐thru, email and phone service delivery methods. Funding also will support monthly homebuyer education and counseling services.

La Familia de Arte: $25,000 to support an extension of the concrete/tiled installation that was piloted in 2021 along Cesar Chavez Drive. The additional ceramic tile-covered bollards will extend three blocks southward and will highlight folk art traditions of the diverse communities on the near south side. Artists from the community will be contracted to lead the project, youth and families will share local art traditions with the guidance of cultural leaders. Neighbors will design, paint and inscribe messages of hope on the tiles mortared on the bollards and benches. 

Lake Area Free Clinic: $9,000 to fund medication for low‐income residents of Waukesha County who would otherwise be unable to afford the pharmaceutical costs associated with their treatment by Lake Area Free Clinic.

Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council: $50,000 to support the Fair Lending Program which addresses Milwaukee's racial wealth gap in homeownership by working with nonprofit community partners, lenders, financial regulators, and policymakers to help people of color gain equity in housing. 

Midwest Bikeshare: $10,000to fund the purchase of four adaptive bicycles for use by people with disabilities throughout the Bublr bikeshare network. Additionally, the grant will fund the repair and reintegration of four existing adaptive bicycles back into the network.

Milwaukee Science Education Consortium: $35,000 to support a community partner‐based arts program for students, primarily at the middle school level. The school has developed a model of partnership with local artists and arts organizations to provide a wide variety of arts to students, while working largely with artist/educators of color that reflect the student body. During special classes throughout the school day, artists will teach month long units of study in a unique model of arts integration to provide exposure to dance, music, theater and visual arts.

Milwaukee Ballet Company: $15,000 to support a series of free summer workshops, activities, and performances that serves as an accessible introduction to ballet for children and adults. Ballet Beat creates opportunities for Milwaukee Ballet to engage dancers of color, who lead activities in libraries, senior centers, parks, and community centers. It also culminates in free outdoor performances that introduce viewers to classical and contemporary dance in a casual setting.

Milwaukee Children’s Choir: $6,000 to support a final concert of its 28th season and related visual arts programming. On May 14, 2022, MCC will perform a vocal program to encourage community well‐being and mutual respect. Prior to the performance, singers will work with Walker's Point Center for the Arts and three artists of color to create public artwork resonant with the neighborhood theme of the concert.

Milwaukee Jazz Institute: $10,000 to increase youth arts access by providing scholarships, access to instruments, and jazz education through a youth festival and summer camp. 

Milwaukee Jewish Federation: $25,000 to support an exhibit featuring a curated collection of artwork by Siona Benjamin, an Indian Jewish painter whose work explores themes of cross‐cultural identity, exclusion and home. The museum will partner with America's Black Holocaust Museum and Edot Midwest (the regional Jewish diversity collaborative) and will use the study, Beyond the Count: Perspectives and Lived Experiences of Jews of Color, to help inform programming exploring themes of diversity within Judaism, as well as the history and significance of the Jews of India.

Optimist Theatre: $25,000 to support a touring production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night using the mobile model of programming which was piloted successfully in 2021. The outdoor shows again will be professionally produced theatre offered free to Milwaukee communities, with a special focus on neighborhoods where arts programming is scarce.

Sculpture Milwaukee: $25,000 to support a world‐class public exhibition in downtown, Third Ward and proximate sites, as well as expanded educational programming. Local artist Brad Pruitt will work with Sculpture Milwaukee to develop and launch a programming initiative to engage diverse communities in conversations that are challenging and relevant. The organization will work with America's Black Holocaust Museum to create permanent exhibitions and programs related to the sculpture exhibition.

SHARP Literacy: $30,000 to support the second phase of the Community Conversations project. This second phase will focus on the creation of a history and social studies‐aligned curriculum and accompanying video series for elementary students, as well as an artist‐led and student-created public art project. 

Community Relations Social Development Commission in Milwaukee County: $30,000 to support staff time and the purchase of additional food items for the pantry. 

St. Vincent De Paul Society of Milwaukee: $10,000 to support a meal program to provide warm meals that has seen a large increase of individuals due to the pandemic.

Summit Players Theatre: $7,500 to support a summer production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Performances will be offered free in Wisconsin's state parks with particular focus on Milwaukee's Three Bridges and Havenwoods natural areas. In this seventh season, the theatre will continue its mission of removing financial and geographic barriers to theatre performances, thereby attracting communities who have not accessed live performances in the past, and often becoming the first theatrical experience for young people.

United Methodist Children’s Services of WI: $20,000 to support the Family Resource center that operates a Senior Stock Box and a food pantry. 

UniteMKE: $50,000 to fund training and certification for community health workers in data collection and analysis. These community health workers will use gained skills within their organizations to improve care coordination and outcomes. 

Walker’s Point Center for the Arts: $30,000 to support the Arts' Hands‐On program, providing after school and summer multidisciplinary education with culturally relevant arts instruction to youth of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Through this program, youth will increase their awareness and understanding of different ethnic and artistic traditions, learn about various artistic disciplines and techniques, vocabulary and processes of art making, develop positive, trusting relationships with adult role models and artist/educators.

Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center: $25,000 to support the purchase of furniture and household goods for young adults who are in the Rapid Rehousing Program

Wild Space: $25,000 to support the 2022‐23 season of performances, workshops, and culturally responsive initiatives that will create access to dance in underserved neighborhoods. Two new programs will be launched to address racial disparities in the field of dance: InSite: Choreographic Apprenticeship and Teachers Corps. InSite will help to develop the careers of choreographers of color and Teacher Corps will be comprised of African American dancers who aspire to become teachers in the public school system.

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