Overview

The Community Connections Small Grants Program is a pilot program of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Northwestern Mutual Foundation and the Zilber Family Foundation created to support resident-led efforts to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods. The program awards grants of up to $500 to fund neighborhood projects, events and activities. All grant applications will be reviewed and scored by a group of residents from some of the neighborhoods listed below. The review team will make recommendations about which grants to fund.

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Who Should Apply

Resident-led groups living and working in the following neighborhoods can apply: Amani, Baran Park, Capitol Heights, Clarke Square, Concordia, Harambee, Havenwoods, Johnsons Park, Layton Boulevard West, Lincoln Village, Lindsay Heights, Martin Drive, Metcalfe Park, Muskego Way, Riverwest, Sherman Park, Silver Spring, Thurston Woods, Tower Hill Waukesha, Old North Milwaukee and Washington Park. Click here to view the neighborhood boundaries.

Projects should benefit a specific neighborhood and be planned and led by a group of at least three people. At least one group member needs to live in the neighborhood where the project will take place. When attending an orientation, applicants can only take the lead and/or be the point of contact for one project. Not all members of the group can be related to one another.


Grants are intended to benefit the community, not individuals.

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Requirements

Groups that receive a grant will also need to:

✪ Secure matching donations of at least 50% of the total of the grant. Matching support can be money, volunteer work or donated goods or services such as land, event space, tools or equipment, etc. For example, if you request $500.00 you should demonstrate $250.00 in matching funds and/or in-kind services.

✪ Track and document all project expenses.

✪ Collect and keep receipts for all expenses.

✪ Where appropriate, take before and after pictures of the project.

✪ Complete a report explaining what was completed, successes and challenges with the project.

✪ Come to a final grantee celebration and talk about your project.


Projects should benefit a specific neighborhood and be planned and led by a group of at least three people. At least one group member needs to live in the neighborhood where the project will take place. When attending an orientation, applicants can only take the lead and/or be the point of contact for one project. Not all members of the group can be related to one another.

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To Apply

Grant applications will be accepted twice per year.


Grant Cycle Application Due Grants Awarded Reports Due
Spring 2015 April 6, 2015 June 1, 2015 October 1, 2015


Information Sessions will be held:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

East Library (2320 N. Cramer Street)

 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Villard Square Library (5190 N. 35th Street)

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Zablocki Library (3501 W. Oklahoma Avenue)

 

Monday, March 30, 2015 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Washington Park Library (2121 N. Sherman Boulevard)


 

Before applying, at least one group member must attend an application information session. Completed applications are due by April 6, 2015. We strongly recommend that applications are submitted online. Click here to apply online.
Click here for a paper copy.

Questions? Call (414) 678-1756 or email info@ccsmallgrants.org for more information.


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