More Than $4 Million in Grants to Help Local Nonprofits
Sherman Park Community Association to improve the image of Sherman Park neighborhood and to expand the Healthy Neighborhoods initiative.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Foundationto expand COMPASS Guide’s reach into Washington and Ozaukee counties. The program, which is a clearinghouse for scholarship, financial aid and other college resources, currently serves students in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors to continue revitalization efforts in the Layton Boulevard West neighborhood using strategies as part of the Foundation’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative.
Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee to continue its efforts to help low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners remain in their homes by providing free modifications, repairs and updates.
Legacy Redevelopment Corp. for staff support to help manage its revolving loan fund, which helps central city business and housing development.
Neighborhood House of Milwaukee toward a full-time parent educator who will support a new parenting program, Keeping Parents in the Loop, which works to strengthen the relationship between teachers and parents.
Literacy Services of Wisconsinto purchase curriculum materials, provide professional development and volunteer training on the Wilson Reading System, which will become the primary method used by its adult basic education program.
Mental Health Association in Waukesha County Inc. to add a full-time call center employee to help increase the number of total calls that the 211/First Call for Help hotline can answer. An increase in call volume over the past year has led to more than 1,000 unanswered calls per month.
Milwaukee Center for Independenceto provide meals to residents at New Samaria, a supportive housing facility in West Allis for people with mental health and substance abuse issues.
Philippine Cultural and Civic Center Foundation Inc. for second year support of a part-time executive director and administrator position for the agency’s free medical clinic.
Voces de la Frontera Worker’s Center to implement the Immigration Integration Project, which provides English education, citizenship classes and legal help for workers facing discrimination and workforce exploitation.
Wisconsin Center for Nursing to extend the Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future project. Four Milwaukee-area health departments, three schools of nursing and the state Department of Workforce Development are involved in the collaboration, which works to place 15 to 25 new public health nurses at local health departments.
Advocates of Ozaukee Inc. to hire a part-time staff member to provide case management for the growing number of adult and child domestic violence victims the agency serves.
Grants from other funds include:
Mary Nohl Fund:$204,150 to 11 agencies and $87,000 to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the Individual Artists Fellowship Program, which will provide fellowships to two established artists and two emerging artists.
Elsa Schoeneich Medical Research Fund:$50,000 to the Parkinson Research Institute at the Aurora Sinai Medical Center for research that will search for the specific root causes of Parkinson disease.
The Foundation Board also allocated $80,000 (over two years) to the Mosaic Fund for continuation of the Mosaic Partnerships program, an effort to bridge Milwaukee’s racial divide by engaging community leaders of different races in ongoing interpersonal dialogue and group discussion.