Responsive Grantmaking

Bradley Family Foundation: $130,000 to support the Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists Program, an annual program that supports established and emerging artists. The grant also supports the Suitcase Export Fund program, which provides stipends for art exhibitions and screenings.

Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation: $50,000 to support an oral health advocate for the Smart Smiles Mobile Dental Clinic, which provides urgent and restorative dental care to children in Milwaukee County. The position would promote awareness of the clinic to schools and parents and link children to the care.

Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin: $50,000 towards purchase of equipment, support of an instructor and purchase of curriculum that teaches employment readiness and life skills to individuals with special needs allowing participating in the workforce and help to live an independent life.

Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home Fund: $50,000 to support restoration of six historic buildings on the Milwaukee VA campus that will provide 101 units of housing, supportive programming and services for homeless or veterans at risk of homelessness.

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts: $49,000 to connect almost 11,000 low-income children and youth in Milwaukee to the performing arts through performances at the Marcus Center.

City on a Hill: $35,000 to support medical staff’s outreach to individuals experiencing homelessness and at-risk youth.

Sixteenth Street Community Health Center: $30,000 to support medical supplies needed for its syringe exchange program, which aims to reduce HIV and other bloodborne infections. 

Bradley Family Foundation: $25,000 to support an artist residency at the Lynden Sculpture Garden that will bring together six artists of color working individually and collaborative across disciplines. 

Milwaukee Artist Resource Network: $25,000 to support strategies of Imagine MKE Arts and Culture Initiative, which brings visual and performing arts to traditionally underserved neighborhoods.

Milwaukee County Historical Society: $25,000 for an exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 18th amendment, which led to the prohibition of alcohol.

Milwaukee Health Care Partnership: $25,000 for the Milwaukee Enrollment Network’s efforts to strengthen enrollment resources through consumer outreach and education and enrollment support to assist low-income and uninsured individuals get and retain health insurance.

MMAC Community Support Foundation: $25,000 to support a project manager who will guide the development and launch of a reimagined and reinvigorated African cultural festival called Black Arts Fest MKE.

Wisconsin Humane Society: $25,000 for its Pets for Life program, a community outreach effort for pet owners residing in 53206 that provides pet care information, resources and veterinary-related services.

Youth and Family Project: $25,000 for a peer-to-peer group and individual counseling for children who have experienced trauma or a difficult life situation.

Milwaukee Artists Resource Network: $20,000 to support the agency’s efforts to provide professional development training to six emerging artists of color in underserved communities.

Serenity Inns: $20,000 for its outpatient program, which provides substance abuse treatment to the men on its residential treatment waiting list.

Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative: $15,000 to hire a full-time program coordinator for its Women Veterans Initiative, which provides supportive services to women veterans by helping meet their basic needs.

Convergence Resource Center: $10,000 to support development of a job readiness and retention program for survivors of human trafficking.

Hmong American Friendship Association: $10,000 to support a medical interpretation and translation program that provides services for low-income Southeast Asians.

UWM Foundation: $2,000 for WUWM’s 2018 “Project Milwaukee” series entitled “To Protect and Serve: Police, Community and a Time of Transition.” The series will explore Milwaukee’s history of police-community relations and examine the past, present and future of the topic at which could be a pivotal juncture with the transition in the top police post.

Dominican Center for Women: $1,200 for the agency’s annual spring event.

Diverse & Resilient: $1,000 for the Wisconsin LGBTQ Summit, a leadership conference for LGBTQ and allied people.

Community Advocates: $1,000 for the Public Policy Institute’s 10th anniversary celebration featuring speakers Richard Rothstein and Reggie Jackson.


Strengthening education

Penfield Children’s Center: $100,000 to purchase and install a rubberized surface and new equipment for the agency’s outdoor playground to create a safe and fully accessible play area for children of all abilities between the ages of 1 and 6.

United Community Center: $100,000 to expand the parking lot and redesign the driveway at its child development center so parents and caregivers can safely drop off and pick up their children.

Wisconsin Policy Forum: $100,000 (over two years)to support the salary of two researchers who will focus on early child care and education and K-12 education.

St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care: $96,500 to complete construction of classroom space at its Bucyrus Campus so it can add more infants to its childcare program.

Next Door Foundation: $83,000 to install a new outdoor playground at its Capitol Drive site as well as convert a large classroom into an indoor gross motor play space designed around the unique developmental and safety needs of children ages birth to 3.

Saint Francis Children’s Center: $54,795 to purchase and install playground equipment, a butterfly garden and reading nook space at the center’s outdoor classroom.

Milwaukee Public Library Foundation: $50,000 to expand its Ready to Read program, which provides literacy coaching to early childhood care and education teachers, to six additional classrooms in underserved neighborhoods for English and Spanish speaking child care providers.

Pathfinders Milwaukee: $50,000 to hire an assistant employment case manager for the agency’s Pathways to Employment program, which helps runaway and homeless youth increase their self-sufficiency and vocational readiness through a trauma-informed lens, targeted skill development workshops and group supported employment. Grant funds will also support program supplies, which include bus tickets and gift cards for supported employment incentives.

Milwaukee Rescue Mission: $40,000 to help purchase and install rubber surfacing, playground turf and age-appropriate equipment for children up to 4 years old at the agency’s Child Enrichment Center. 

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation: $25,000 to support a Reach Out and Read program coordinator at 16 clinics in Milwaukee and one in Waukesha. The program trains pediatricians and their staff to provide and prescribe books and reading aloud to foster language-rich interactions between parents and their young children.

City of Milwaukee Community Development Grant Administration: $25,000 to support the salary of a program coordinator who will develop the infrastructure for Fund My Future Milwaukee, a children’s savings account program.

Malaika Early Learning Center: $23,194 to replace water heaters in the early learning enter and school.

COA Youth & Family Center: $17,350 to provide professional development for 30 educators at its Burke Early Education Center in Amani to use the creative curriculum and provide free at-home learning kits for parents that include books and family activity guides.

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee: $15,000 to provide onsite professional development by master trainers in CPR, first aid, medication administration and strategies focused on positive social and emotional well-being to ensure teachers are equipped to meet children’s medical needs and to promote children’s positive social behaviors.

Education Foundation of Brown Deer: $6,500 to support stipends for African American males participating in the African American Male Initiative Leaders-In-Training program.


Strengthening Neighborhoods

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee: $80,000 (over two years) for the summer employment and training camp for teens living in Sherman Park and 53206 neighborhoods.

Mayor’s Earn and Learn Program: $75,000 for the community work experience component of the Mayor’s Earn and Learn annual summer program, which connects youth ages 14 to 24 with jobs in the nonprofit and community-based sector.

St. Charles Youth & Family Services: $50,000 to support basic employment skills training and entry-level positions to 84 low-income minority youth ages 16 to 18.

ArtWorks for Milwaukee: $40,000 for an arts-based entrepreneurial internship for 15 teens to prepare for business ownership or the workforce.

Asset Builders of America: $15,000 for the Go4it! Success in the Making program, which in partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee, helps educate middle and high school students to learn economic concepts and orient them to entrepreneurial and career options in preparation for an evolving workforce.

LISC: $15,000 toward a catalytic project investment fund that will provide interest-free grants to minority developers in need of catalytic, early stage project investments ranging from $15,000 to $50,000. Developers are graduates of the Associates Commercial Real Estate program, which seeks to expand minority representation in the commercial real estate fields of development, property management and construction management.

SHARP Literacy: $9,000 toward the creation of two full-sized murals under the direction of local artists Meagan Van Ahn and Alberto Villalobos. One will reside at Forest Home Elementary School and one will be featured in the Milwaukee Society of Engineering’s Grohmann Museum. The curriculum-based project complements SHARP’s bilingual Create Art with Code program.


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

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