Created in fall 2016, the Reasons for Hope MKE Fund grantmaking cycle supported community-based actions and activities designed to encourage social connections, promote peace and build community cohesion in Milwaukee neighborhoods. Listed below are the projects and programs that received funding in 2017.

Groundwork Milwaukee: $5,000 to support its Young Farmers Program, which focuses on literacy and healthy lifestyles and teaches youth gardening skills. 

Grace Fellowship: $5,000 to provide 30 youth with an opportunity to learn about a career in the aviation industry and be paired with a mentor through the Aviation Exposure Mentoring Program.

Milwaukee Police Department: $5,000 for its World Peace Celebration event in partnership with Sherman Park residents, stakeholders and Milwaukee County Parks. The two-day event promotes cross cultural engagement, positive police and community relations and building relationships among youth and adults. Planned activities include a movie night, breakfast in the park, back to school drive, cultural vendors and a job fair.

Near West Side Partners: $5,000 to support Vliet Street Gallery Night. The project will engage the economically and racially diverse community of the Near West Side, including Vliet Street Work Group, residents in adjacent neighborhoods of Martin Drive and Washington Park and Sanders Super Bowl.

PeppNation: $5,000 for its efforts to activate Sherman Park in 2017 through programming Monday through Saturday, 4 - 8 p.m. Planned activities include rugby, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, meditation and urban agriculture.

Milwaukee African Women’s Association: $4,900 in support of its Healthy Family Fair July 22. The event is designed to unite immigrant communities and promote friendship and peace through dialogue, sharing of stories and cultural food exchange.

Metcalfe Park Community Bridges: $4,200 for its Young Farmers Program, which works with youth ages 10 to 13 to participate in community cleanups and community garden rebuilds. Youth will be provided with a modest stipend for participating.

Neu-Life Community Development: $2,700 for its Pay It Forward Project, an intergenerational service project that will pair teens in Lindsay Heights and Amani neighborhoods with local homeowners to complete small home and yard improvement projects.

Express Yourself Milwaukee: $2,500 for its summer camp program, which provides intensive multi-artistic programming with a therapeutic underpinning to underserved urban youth.

Community First: $1,500 to support its contractor breakfast. The agency plays a role in helping unlicensed contractors from the neighborhoods they serve become licensed.

Northwest Side Community Development Corp: $1,300 for its resident-led Lincoln Park Peace Rally and Walk.

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors: $1,000 for its resident-led neighborhood kickball game and social event. The event will allow residents from Silver City, Burnham Park and Layton Park neighborhoods to come together to enjoy a friendly game of kickball while making important social connections.

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