2023 second quarter grants

Advocates of Ozaukee: $15,000 in general operating support.

African American Roundtable: $50,000in general operating support to help it continue its advocacy efforts within Milwaukee.

All-in Milwaukee: $20,000 for its career development and support program.

Audio & Braille Literacy Enhancement: $45,000 in general operating support.

Black Belt Community Foundation: $25,000 to support disaster recovery in the wake of the devastating storms that ravaged Alabama. 

BLOC Education Fund: $50,000in general operating support to help it continue its advocacy efforts within Milwaukee. 

Capitol Heights: $10,000 for its Summer Youth Work Program, which engages young people between 14 and 18 years old in lawn care and window cleaning services during the summer.

Cathedral Center: $15,000 to support case managers.

Center for Leadership of Afrikan Women’s Wellness: $50,000 to advance health equity for older Black women by providing education, awareness and advocacy, in addition to direct health navigation services. 

Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums: $10,000 in capital support toward the remodel of an elevator that provides accessibility for older adults throughout the Villa Terrace Art Museum.

City Year Milwaukee: $25,000 for its workforce development program.

CommonBond Communities: $15,000 to fund staffing of Advantage Services for older adult residents at Brewery Point and Franklin Senior Apartment Homes. 

Community Warehouse: $22,500 for its Home to Stay program.

Ebenezer Stone Ministries: $15,000 in general operating support.

Eras Senior Network: $50,000 in general operating support. 

Family Promise of Ozaukee County: $15,000 in general operating support.

Family Promise of Waukesha County: $8,000 to support the family support shelter program.

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin: $40,000 to support a mobile food pantry for older adults in Lindsay Heights.

Greater Galilee Community Development Corporation: $35,000 to advance health outcomes and health equity for older Black adults in 53206. Health programming includes free behavioral health counseling, a memory café to build solidarity, food provision and nutrition education and a free medical clinic for the uninsured.

HEAR Wisconsin: $25,000 in general operating support.

Hebron Housing Services: $8,000in general operating support.

Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee: $20,000 in general operating support.

Hope House of Milwaukee: $20,000 in general operating support.

Interchange Inc: $20,205 in general operating support.

JFS Housing: $20,000 in general operating support.

JobsWork MKE: $50,000 in general operating support.

Joyce’s House of Milwaukee: $25,000 in general operating support.

Just One More Ministry: $30,000 in general operating support.

Koi-no-nia: $27,000 for the replacement of tables, chairs, ceiling tiles, light fixtures and floor tiles for its meal site.

Leaders Igniting Transformation Education Fund: $50,000in general operating support to help it continue its advocacy efforts within Milwaukee. 

Local 212 MATC Believe in Students FAST Fund: $5,000 to support flexible dollars to help MATC students in need.

Marquette University: $100,000 to support a reporter at the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service to maintain coverage of essential news, information and resources related to basic needs in 18 underserved central city neighborhoods.

Martin Luther King Economic Development Corporation: $30,000 in general operating support.

Mercy Housing Lakefront: $25,000 to fund resident programming at the Johnston Center, which provides low-income housing for older adults. Programming includes health and wellness services, including referrals for care, AODA counseling, fitness and education. 

Metcalfe Park Community Bridges: $50,000in general operating support to help it continue its advocacy efforts within Milwaukee.

Midwest Bikeshare: $15,000 for its workforce development program in partnership with DreamBikes and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. 

Milwaukee County Historical Society: $3,500 to support the placement of a bronze plaque in the Third Ward documenting the unlawful lynching of George Marshall Clarke in 1863.

MobiliSE: $30,000 to fund the authentic engagement of older adults in planning the 27th corridor bus rapid transit, in partnership with the AARP “Livable Communities” initiative, resulting in an advocacy plan for MobiliSE and partners. Fund will provide staff capacity for organizing the engagement of 250 people, a MOVE roundtable, meeting supplies and a portion of architectural/planning costs. 

My Way Out: $22,500 to support its workforce readiness program. 

Northcott Neighborhood House: $25,000 for Juneteenth Day celebration activities.

Our Community LTD: $20,000 in general operating support.

Paralyzed Veterans of America- WI Chapter: $25,000 in general operating support 

Repairers of the Breach: $15,000 in general operating support.

Revitalize Milwaukee: $31,550 to cover program expenses and building materials to provide necessary home repairs and upgrades to assist older adults with aging in place.

Serving Older Adults of Southeast Wisconsin: $50,000 in general operating support.

SKY Schools: $25,000 to fund the training and implementation of the SKY social-emotional curriculum based on breathwork at two schools, Pathways and Escuela Verde.

Silver Spring Neighborhood Center: $2,500 to support the purchase of materials needed to transition the food pantry into a choice pantry.

Southside Organizing Committee: $50,000 in general operating support to help it continue its advocacy efforts within Milwaukee.

St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care: $22,000 to fund respite services at the Bucyrus Campus for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Milwaukee: $15,000 to support the meal program.

Street Angels: $5,000 in general operating support.

Teach for America: $20,000 to help recruit, develop and train the next generation of education leaders. 

The Gathering of Southeast WI: $20,000 to support hot meals at the Running Rebels site. 

The Women’s Center: $20,000 in general operating support.

United Methodist Children’s Services of WI: $20,000 in general operating support. 

United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee: $25,000 in general operating support. 

Uniteus: $15,000 in general operating support.

Wisconsin Philanthropy Network: $50,000 in general operating support.


2023 first quarter grants

4th Dimension Sobriety: $29,500 to fund physical health through exercise for individuals in intensive recovery, who will be accompanied by a peer specialist throughout their training, consistent with a program that provides 24/7 mentorship for individuals at the beginning of their treatment. Funds will provide for peer specialists and transportation to the fitness center.

African American Breastfeeding Network: $50,000 to fund general operations.

Art Intersection MKE: $10,000 to support its mission to build community and culture from the inside out, starting with arts programming at its outdoor gallery on 35th and Vliet streets. Projected activities in 2023 will be free music concerts, outdoor theater workshops and performances that welcome people with disabilities, free movie nights open to the public, youth photography classes, and a community painting party where neighbors gather to create public art. 

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum: $25,000 in general operating support.

Bread of Healing Clinic: $30,000 to fund two part-time nurses, allowing the organization to reach an additional 300 uninsured adults. 

City on a Hill: $40,000 to fund general operations. The nonprofit offers health and social services, youth and family services and training and learning services. 

Community Smiles Dental: $50,000 to fund general operations.

CORE El Centro: $50,000 to provide mental health services (affordable/free and in Spanish) including movement and mindfulness class, bilingual health navigator care, cooking, nutrition, and physical and spiritual treatments for trauma, addiction and anxiety. 

Create Wisconsin – Operation Backlot: $15,000 to support the second phase of the Milwaukee Bronzeville Histories project, building on summer 2022’s collaborative work with the UWM History Department and UWM Digital Humanities and Community Historian Kitonga Alexander, and featuring a pop up arts/culture venue that will engage visitors in the history of Bronzeville and the New Horizons of New Bronzeville. Programming will include performing and visual arts, with a community mural project led by artist Ammar Nsorma. The Pop-up venue will serve as a hub of information at Sherman Phoenix and Our Next Generation leading up to Bronzeville Week in August 2023 and at America's Black Holocaust Museum during Bronzeville Week. The ongoing digital platform archives and preserves Milwaukee Bronzeville history with oral histories, a research database, podcasts, a teaching resource and a self-guided walking tour for the Milwaukee community, visitors and global researchers.

Danceworks: $15,000 to support its partnership with choreographer Elisabeth Roskopf's Dance for Diversity project, a screendance series created for artists of color to share their stories through dancemaking and performance on film. Dancers are paired with filmmakers to create solo dances that reflect their personal experiences with racial stereotypes, discrimination and assumptions. The culminating films will reach multiple audiences at a film premiere and in site-specific spaces locally and nationwide.

Ex Fabula: $20,000 in general operating support.  

Feast of Crispian: $20,000 to support its work in theater-based therapeutic intervention for trauma survivors, primarily military veterans, to improve mental health and prevent suicide. In addition, the nonprofit is creating a relationship with Milwaukee's South Division High School with a student body exhibiting significant levels of trauma. FoC will assist in developing a theatre-based violence prevention project as an opportunity to work with a different trauma survivor population.

First Stage: $25,000 in general operating support.

Hmong American Friendship Association: $31,750 to fund critically important and culturally responsive translation services to facilitate health navigation for a primarily Hmong immigrant population. Additionally, the grant will fund the training and activities of seven Hmong community health organizers. 

Imagine MKE: $20,000 in general operating support.

International Association for Human Values: $50,000 to supplement a previous grant that allowed SKY Schools Milwaukee to train adults in District 4 of MPS in 2 phases of SKY Schools training. SKY Schools is an evidence-based social-emotional program whose curriculum combines restorative practices that empower students, educators, and parents; conflict resolution skills that improve relationships inside and outside of school, and collaborative games that increase self-awareness, build leadership skills, and incorporate vigorous physical activity. 

Jewish Museum Milwaukee: $15,000 to support the exhibit “Degenerate!” that demonstrates how the Third Reich negatively branded modern art, as well as the freedom of expression it represented, and used “Degenerate” art as propaganda. JMM will offer art programming, some led by artist Della Wells, which will make connections to art being created today as a form of resistance to social injustice.

Kids from Wisconsin: $10,000 to support its initiatives to increase access for Milwaukee’s urban youth to music education and performing arts opportunities. KFW’s music educator residency programs take place in schools in low-income areas of Milwaukee, including at Sherman Elementary and Roosevelt Middle School, with teaching artists who have BA degrees in music education or higher, with emphasis on identifying individuals of color as residency artists.

La Familia de Arte: $20,000 to support the second phase of its community building project, "Here We Make Our Home," which will extend the installation of ceramic tile bollards along Cesar E. Chavez Drive. Phase II will produce artwork recognizing the cultures, traditions, stories and arts of immigrants who came to this country after 1920. Youth from neighborhood schools and organizations (Bruce Guadalupe School, Latino Arts, Prince of Peace School, Nativity School, Longfellow School) will be mentored in the ceramic arts by professional artists of a wide span of ages, who receive stipends for their work, creating an economic impact for neighborhood residents

Lake Area Free Clinic: $5,000 for general operations. 

Legal Action of Wisconsin: $70,000 to provide representation to tenants in situations involving eviction, subsidized housing, security deposits, illegal lockouts, conditions, record sealing and other housing related concerns.

Marquette University: $20,393 to fund qualitative research on the multiple, co-occurring influences on sexual/reproductive health among women under treatment for opiate use disorder. This research aims to provide a foundation for multi-level interventions tailored to reduce health disparities among the research population. 

Milwaukee Ballet Company: $15,000 to support Ballet Beat, its free summer series rooted in community engagement. 

Milwaukee Community Land Trust: $70,000 to renovate 20 tax foreclosed homes in Milwaukee. 

Milwaukee Environmental Consortium: $25,000 to support the further development of Adams Garden Park in Lindsay Heights with the goal of engaging residents in the growth and vitality of the neighborhood by creating a space that activates the landscape, provides opportunities for creative expression and instills a sense of pride. Programming will include an artist workshop and residency, a project with Journey House led by sculptor Glenn Williams to create gateway sculptural markers, and the placement of outdoor sculptures, primarily by local artists, within the park. 

Milwaukee Film: $25,000 to support its year-long Cultures & Communities program, including an annual Cultures & Communities Film Festival, Black Lens (contemporary Black film), Cine Sin Fronteras (films from around the global Latinx diaspora), GenreQueer (films by and about LGBTQ+ people), Black History Month in February, Women’s History Month in March, and Engage & Activate, a DEIAB training program. 

Milwaukee Parks Foundation: $40,000 to fund the activation of county parks with the implementation of over eight active challenges in coordination with Milwaukee County's Healthy County Initiative. This grant will additionally fund the resurfacing and painting of up to two basketball courts with a high equity index score. The work is authentically led by communities surrounding the parks.

Milwaukee Repertory Theater: $25,000 to support its education and outreach programs with the goal of dismantling systemic racism through theater.

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra: $20,000 to its 40 ensemble and enrichment programs, including symphonies, string orchestras, jazz, and steel-pan bands, for 900 youths ages 8 to 18 each year. MYSO is expanding Progressions, its community partnership programs for third- and fourth graders, and introducing Prelude Wind Ensemble, a winds, brass and percussion program for fifth- and sixth graders.

Near West Side Partners: $100,000 to fund the buildout of a demonstration kitchen and community room at Concordia 27. The kitchen will provide the near west side with a vital increase in food access for its residents and communal space for programming across the development's service providers (Fruition MKE, Milwaukee Center for Independence, Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee).

Optimist Theater: $15,000 to support its 2023 Shakespeare in the Park show, “Henry IV, Parts 1 + 2: Falstaff’s Tale.” Optimist will showcase the work via a workshopped staged reading in March 2023, and the show will travel to 12 parks and green spaces from June through August, targeting a diverse mix of Milwaukee neighborhoods with free performances. Locations will include Lincoln, Sherman and Humboldt parks and the Marcus Performing Arts Center. 

Our Daily Bread Community Outreach Center: $7,000 to fund the MKE R.I.C.H. project, which provides workshops that will facilitate holistic healthy living by those who participate.

Progressive Community Health Centers: $40,000 in general operating support.

Renaissance Theaterworks: $20,000 to support its operations in its 30th season.

Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts: $15,000 in general operating support. 

SHARP Literacy: $15,000 to support its collaboration with Craig Montessori, an MPS K-8 school in the Capitol Heights neighborhood with a majority of economically disadvantaged students. In partnership with Mount Mary University, SHARP will transform the school’s nonfunctioning greenhouse into an environmentally efficient and sustainable learning space via an arts-integrated garden and greenhouse curriculum. All students will participate in a public art project, facilitated by a teaching artist of color.

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers: $71,678 to fund critical and culturally responsive bilingual prenatal care coordination. Funds will support staff whose work will help overcome structural barriers to maternal and child health, with services centered in 53204, which saw half the city's annual infant deaths in 2021.

Summit Players Theatre: $5,000 to support operations related to its theatrical performances/workshops in Milwaukee parks in summer 2023.

The Ability Center: $20,000 to fund the expansion of adaptive and inclusive open gym programming to three locations in Milwaukee, reaching 750 new participants. Funds will provide for additional sports wheelchairs and the necessary equipment to transport them between gyms, along with programming staff.

The National Coalition for Health Black Families: $50,000 to help fund the renovation of a building in the Harambee neighborhood for Valor Creative Collective. In addition to housing the wood and photo/video businesses of proprietor Tonda Thompson, the building will house the nonprofit. The coalition works to address the social determinants of health in an effort to mitigate inequitable birth outcomes. The building will provide the coalition with a space for community events, training, and resource distribution.

Vivent Health: $46,641 to purchase office furniture and finishings for the renovation of a 46,277 square-foot facility to serve as the new home of the Vivent Health HIV Medical Home, which will provide it the capacity to serve an additional 1,000 patients over the next three years.

Walker’s Point Center for the Arts: $25,000 to support its Hands On Program that includes culturally congruent after-school art classes, summer art camp and teen/college programs serving 6-24 year olds. WPCA will deepen its intergenerational collaboration by including an elder-in-Residence track within the year-round residencies. This program will build on a partnership that WPCA formed in 2022 with Milwaukee Turners to serve individuals 50 years and older.

Walnut Way Conservation Corp: $75,000 for general operating support to help the Coalition on Lead Emergency in its effort to create basic infrastructure, hire staff, compensate its contractors and to cover expenses from professional service providers. The project is the formalized “start-up” of the organization itself. 

West Side Arts Unlimited: $20,000 to strengthen the collaboration between West Side Arts Unlimited and Washington Park Neighbors by addressing the technical equipment needs for Washington Park Wednesdays concerts at the Washington Park Bandshell, and providing funding for training youth mentees from The New State in technical and arts management skills that they will apply at WPW and New State events.  

Wisconsin Adaptive Sports Association: $24,485 to fund the expansion of adaptive physical education classes at area schools, provide for adaptive summer camps in coordination with MPS and strengthen the organization's provider network. Foundation funds will provide for coaching and staff, as well as student needs during programming.

Woodland Pattern Book Center: $20,000 to support its operations, particularly related to its capacity for fulfilling its mission as an incubator of talent. Woodland Pattern supports poets and artists through performance and exhibition opportunities, honoraria, and community-based education. 

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