Alma Center: $25,000 to help support a crisis advocate who will help operate a free, confidential helpline for perpetrators of domestic violence. 

America Heals: $22,250 to help develop the City of Milwaukee Vel Phillips Community Peace Prize, a communitywide competition that will feature the performances by young artists of color that focus on peace and peacemaking.

Breaking Barriers Mentoring: $25,000 for Healing MKE, a program that provides supportive healing services such as yoga, meditation, breathwork and healing conversations to residents of Milwaukee’s Amani and Moody Park neighborhoods.

City on a Hill: $10,000 to help its Youth and Family Resilience Program reach deeper into the Midtown neighborhood to engage youth ages 12 to 24 and their parents/caregivers in strategies that promote healing, restorative practices and resilience.

CORE El Centro: $25,000 to provide community-based holistic health and wellness programming and services to low-income families.

Dominican Center: $25,000 to expand efforts of its Amani Youth Council, which provides opportunities to youth and young adults ages 12 to 18 in Milwaukee’s Amani neighborhood. Funding will help cover youth stipends and supplies for meetings and youth-led community improvement activities and events. 

DreamUpMKE: $10,000 to support the production of a play in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood that will bring together intergenerational groups to talk about violence. In addition, four open roundtable discussions will be held to discuss and brainstorm possible solutions to current community issues selected by area youth. 

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin: $15,000 to expand capacity of The Asha Project, a culturally specific initiative serving Black victims of domestic violence and intimate partner violence in Milwaukee. 

EXPOSED the Podcast Foundation Corporation: $8,000 for No More Means Girls Workshop, a training that addressing specific concerns around self-image, relationships and emotions among teen girls and offers tools of awareness, accountability and aspirations to foster non-violence healthy relationships with peers in their communities.

Foundations for Freedom: $25,000 for Project YouthMatter MKE, a 12-week program that will engage area youth in weekly cleanups within the Arlington Heights, Amani and Franklin Heights neighborhoods, discussions with area community leaders and etiquette training.

Friedens Community Ministries: $10,000 to support ReignStorm, a group for south side teens that meets weekly and offers a safe connection for youth who are often targets of gang recruitment, drug and gun violence and trafficking.

Gates Family Youth Center: $10,000 to support a teen summit that aims to engage 100 youth. The event will address drug abuse and prevention, trauma, domestic abuse, human trafficking, youth empowerment and the effects of music and media.

Generations of Excellence Trendsetters: $15,000 for Voice for Our Youth project, which will connect Black and Brown youth ages 14 to 24 with career support and mental health services through traditional and nontraditional methods.

Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center: $25,000 to help survivors of violence access healing support groups that are culturally focused and provide intergenerational prevention and healing support. 

Good Entertainment: $25,000 for Mil-Ticket, a project that will give young men of color an outlet to express themselves using film as a medium. In conjunction with Operation Dream, the 10-part class will give participants a chance to shadow local filmmakers and share their own personal experiences of living in Milwaukee dealing with violence.

Grace Fellowship Church of Milwaukee: $10,000 for We are Family, a program that will provide recreational activities, community events and quarterly resource fairs to residents who live in Milwaukee’s Grover and Williamsburg Heights neighborhoods. 

Mahogany CARES Foundation: $15,000 to support and develop essential, culturally specific domestic violence and sexual assault programs for survivors. 

Mental Health America of Wisconsin: $25,000 to support two staff members at the Zen Den, a partnership with the nonprofit that provides alternative healing methods to Milwaukee’s north side. Funding also will support supplies such as yoga mats, paint and paint brushes.

MENTOR Greater Milwaukee: $25,000 to its inaugural Youth Voice Summit on Aug. 2, which provided a space for youth to talk about today’s issues and have their voices heard.

Metcalfe Park Community Bridges: $25,000 for its Metcalfe Park Clean and Green Safety Project, which engages young adults in the neighborhood and trains them on simple lawn maintenance techniques.

Milwaukee Film: $25,000 for youth programming focused on youth violence and trauma as part of its Cultures & Communities Festival in September. Following each film in the series, the nonprofit’s staff will facilitate a roundtable discussion centering youth in dialogue with community leaders and stakeholders. This program would be facilitated in partnership with United Way at several MPS Community High Schools; options include Washington High School (Sherman Park Neighborhood), Bradley Tech High School (Walker’s Point Neighborhood), North Division (Amani Neighborhood), South Division (Mitchell Street/Muskego Way Neighborhood) and Madison (Silver Spring Neighborhood).

Missionary Currie for Women and Children: $5,000 to help the organization increase its marketing and raise awareness for its programs and services, which help women fleeing domestic violence.

MKE Urban Stables: $12,000 to support its equine-assisted program, in partnership with the Milwaukee Police Department, that offers trauma-informed community building and community healing.

Nehemiah Project: $12,500 to help launch its Violence Prevention through Forgiveness Program, which will provide an avenue for youth and others to heal from trauma, violence, and personal despair, and restores their health and wellbeing by understanding the process and practicing the art of forgiveness. 

Program the Parks MKE: $25,000 to support We Locked In MKE, a series of lock-in retreats for youth historically underserved by extracurricular activities and teach them how to share space and socialize better by creating a safe and nurturing environment.

Running Rebels: $25,000 for Be the Change, a program designed to prevent violence by positively engaging Milwaukee young men through evidence-biased prevention education, mentorship and cultural awareness.

Silver Spring Neighborhood Center: $25,000 for Peace in the Projects, a program designed to raise awareness about violence and to develop youth leaders who promote and serve as examples of positive influences. Funding will be used to support creation of digital commercials, a “stop the violence” mural, fashion items created by center teens and a community Thanksgiving night event. 

Sky Schools: $25,000 for the pilot of Proposal 1.

United Methodist Children’s Services of Wisconsin: $10,000 to help organize a group of Washington Park residents to advocate and find resources to promote safety and identify and implement crime prevention projects on their blocks. Funds will be used to support resident-led projects that will help report, prevent and identify offenders of crimes in the neighborhood. 

United Way Community Schools: $25,000 grant to extend options for nutritious school lunches.

VIA CDC: $3,000 to support 15 neighbors in a block within the Burnham Park neighborhood to install Ring cameras/doorbells at their homes.

Victims of Milwaukee Violence Burial Fund: $7,500 to provide informational resources to underserved communities, advocate for families of victims of violence and provide basic needs for low-income communities affected by violence.

Walnut Way Conservation Corp: $25,000 to support Safe & Creative spaces, an initiative whereby the organization will use crime prevention through environmental design strategies and partner with area residents to activate public spaces into a safe and creative focal point for civic engagement and community building. This grant will fund a project that focuses on a vacant lot on 17th Street between north and Meinecke avenues.

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