Increasing economic opportunities


Income and assets. These are key tools toward achieving economic stability and success. But far too many people in the greater Milwaukee area have not been able to achieve them.

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation supports many strategies that work toward increasing economic security, ensuring greater access to employment opportunities, and meeting the basic food and shelter needs of area individuals and families.

Recent Grants

Wisconsin Community Services: $80,000 (over two years) to support programming of the Center for Driver's License Recovery and Employability, which works with low-income Milwaukee County residents to obtain a valid driver’s license by providing direct license recovery services, educational advocacy, and driver’s education and community awareness.

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin: $50,000 for the continued partnership with The Sojourner Family Peace Center to build upon their existing workforce development programming for victims of domestic violence facing unique barriers to employment. Sojourner will identify and assess clients to determine the level of workforce development and coaching needed and Goodwill will provide job seeker services and financial empowerment coaching.

Milwaukee Community Business Collaborative: $50,000 to hire an employer development and employee advancement specialist to support employee and small business development for Milwaukee Jobs Work. The program helps prepare and encourage motivated individuals living in poverty to achieve economic self-sufficiency through sustainable employment.

Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center: $50,000 for renovation of the shelter’s kitchen, providing a space for residents and staff to prepare and enjoy meals together.

House of Peace: $31,050 to purchase equipment to improve food pantry efficiency and increase food storage capacity.

The Women’s Center: $30,450 to renovate its shelter kitchen, improving its food service capacity for residents.

Advocates of Ozaukee: $30,000 for expanded case management services for domestic and sexual violence clients in its transitional living program.

Journey House: $30,000 for the Urban Careers Institute and Adult Education program, which helps residents gain skills needed to search, obtain and sustain employment as well as bundles job placement services with financial coaching and adult education.

Menomonee Valley Partners: $27,500 to support funding two of five Menomonee
Valley 2.0 plan priorities, including developing about 40 acres of underutilized waterfront parcels and strengthening the St. Paul Avenue Commercial Corridor by transforming 20 blocks of vacant buildings into Milwaukee's design and décor showroom district.
Cathedral Center: $25,882 to purchase equipment that will improve the efficiency and quality of food served at the shelter, along with creating a comfortable mealtime experience for all shelter residents.

Hope House of Milwaukee: $7,507 to replace the cooling machinery in the shelter's walk-in cooler.

Hmong American Friendship Association: $7,408 to purchase equipment to improve food pantry efficiency, increase food storage capacity and create a safer working environment.


For a complete listing of this quarter’s grants made from our competitive grantmaking process, visit Recent Grants.

Learn More

hines1-web.jpgContact our Director of Grant Programs Janel Hines to learn how we are helping increase economic opportunities for people in metro Milwaukee.