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May 1, 2018 – The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation has awarded more than $155,000 to 19 Green Bay area nonprofit organizations through the Funds for Greater Green Bay grant program.
The Funds for Greater Green Bay are a collection of funds at the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. The corresponding grant program funds measurable strategies to make a positive impact on the quality of life and create a better future for residents of our community.
In addition to the Funds for Greater Green Bay endowed funds, other donors are invited to co-invest in vetted programs. In this cycle, donors contributed more than $60,000 toward programs creating even greater impact.
Grants are awarded based on a competitive application process which includes review by a grants team of community volunteers. Two grant cycles are offered annually for the Funds for Greater Green Bay. The next deadline for applications will be July 1, 2018.
The Winter 2018 grants were awarded to the following organizations and programs:
Baird Creek Preservation Foundation, Education in Nature
To continue to provide free science-based education to about 1,000 people per year the program needs to align with school curriculum and become sustainable. This grant supports a 3-year plan to fully develop a year-round, sustainable program for students and the public.
Bellin Health Foundation, Brown County Population Health Collaborative
The collaborative is composed of local organizations that serve people with disabilities who are enrolled in Wisconsin’s Medicaid long-term care programs. Funding would support rollout of a community care pilot program to all members in Brown County. The rollout will include establishing use of electronic sharing of information, developing and using training videos for community care teams, identifying clinical areas for community-wide focus and measuring community care team engagement and performance.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay, Youth Arts Initiative
Low-income youth have less access to high-quality arts education, while research shows those who participate are more likely to succeed in many development areas. Funding would support continuation of high-quality arts education programming for low-income children in greater Green Bay.
Bridge the Gap, Social Skills/Daily Living Skills Summer Camp
Bridge the Gap serves youth in rural settings with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Funding would allow youth from Brown or Oconto counties to attend Social Skills/Daily Living Skills Summer Camp to build skills of friendship, rule following, daily living and appropriate public behaviors.
Freedom House Ministries, Required Programming
Freedom House requires residents to participate in personal financial management and positive parenting programming. Funding would support an update, including designing an individualized financial plan for credit rehabilitation, adding consumer education and healthy relationship modules and transferring programming to an online format that can accommodate residents working second and third shifts.
Golden House, Domestic Violence Youth Program
Each year Golden House serves more than 250 youth who have been exposed to domestic violence. Funding will allow a dedicated Youth Advocate to provide safety planning, advocacy and support for ages 5-17 while their families are accessing shelter, intervention and advocacy services.
Goodwill Industries of North Central WI, Neighborhood Partners
Funding will support a community approach to building social connections and reducing the risk of isolation for older adults in the village of Denmark. Work will include asset inventory, engagement activities, incentives and connections.
Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity, Home Repair Program-Training and Development
Through the new Home Repair Program, Habitat assists low- to moderate-income homeowners with basic repairs. Funds will provide staff training in lead paint removal and market the program to homeowners.
Hands On Deck, Cut and Run Boat Building and Rowing Program
At-risk youth ages 10 to 14 will participate in a wooden boat building project and community rowing experience one on one with trained and matched mentors. Funds will support construction of two boats with equipment, training and consultation.
House of Hope, Ending Child Homelessness
With additional shelter and programming available to address pregnant and parenting homeless women ages 18-24 on a waiting list, a grant will allow House of Hope to add case managers and program supplies.
Howe Community Resource Center, Family Engagement/Advocacy
A Support Advocate Program assists parents and families with communication, understanding information and community resource connections. Funding will be used to hire, train and retain staff, purchase program supplies, support construction and provide continued advocacy training.
Junior Achievement of WI - Brown County, Building Financial Literacy in Today's Youth
Funding will provide financial literacy, work-readiness and entrepreneurship programs to the elementary, middle and high school students of Brown and Oconto counties. The grade-level appropriate, research-based K-12 curriculum is provided at no cost to schools or students.
Kewaunee Health and Fitness, Aging Mastery Program
The program aims to help baby boomers and older adults improve their well-being, add stability to their lives and strengthen ties to the community. The 10-week program developed by the National Council on Aging addresses physical, financial and emotional wellness to impact changes to behavior.
Literacy Green Bay, Summer Transition Classes
Funding would align the English Language Acquisition classes with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College's basic education programming to provide a new, coordinated and seamless transition for students. Funding will support additional instructional hours, updated textbooks and additional training.
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin, Head Start Vision Health Program
In partnership with Green Bay Area Public Schools, the program ensures low-income children enrolled in Head Start receive a vision screening and referral. Access is improved through vision education, resources, and follow-up support. Head Start promotes school readiness in birth to 5 from low-income families.
Service League of Green Bay, Service League
The Back-to-School Store is a one-day event that provides all the supplies needed to start a child's new school year to low-income children and families in Brown County. Funding will provide supplies for the Store.
UW-Extension Brown County, Family Living Program
A new poverty simulation kit is needed to meet increased demand. Simulations give human service professionals, teachers and college students a better understanding of the challenges faced by those living in a typical low-income household and work more effectively with these residents.
WI Waterfowl Association, Abrams Long Term Project
Funding will complete the installation of two disabled-accessible hunting blinds and their entry ramps, giving those with disabilities the opportunity to experience the outdoors. Work would include removing invasive fish species to improve the forage base for migratory birds and preparing for a controlled burn.
The Funds for Greater Green Bay are a collection of funds of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. The grant program funds measurable strategies to make a positive impact on the quality of life and create a better future for residents of our community.
In addition to the Funds for Greater Green Bay endowed funds, other donors are invited to co-invest in vetted programs. In this cycle, donors contributed $14,500 toward programs, creating even greater impact.
Grants are awarded based on a competitive application process which includes review by a grants team of community volunteers. Two grant cycles are offered annually for the Funds for Greater Green Bay. The next deadline for applications is January 11, 2019.
The Summer 2019 grants were awarded to the following organizations and programs:
Bellin Health Foundation, Brown County Population Health Collaborative
Funding will continue the rollout of a Community Care Team platform to over 1,600 individuals with disabilities supported by a collaborative of organizations. The platform includes establishing connections for sharing information, common protocols for communication and service coordination, and expectations for collaboration.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin, One-to-One Youth Mentoring
Core mentoring program support helps match youth from the waiting list and recruit Bigs. The funds will identify, recruit, train, engage, and support additional youth and mentors.
Clarity Care, Help At Home
Help At Home addresses the growing need to provide affordable supportive care services for aging populations by offering reduced-cost supportive home care for those whose incomes are at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, are not eligible to receive government assistance for supportive services, and are in need of care for an infirmity or disability due to aging, traumatic brain injury, physical or developmental disability or degenerative diagnosis.
Curative Connections, Memory Cafe
Memory Cafes provide a fun, comfortable environment where people with early stage memory loss, along with their companion or caregiver, can relax, engage and enjoy the company of others who are on the same journey. Six Memory Cafes operate in Brown County.
Door County Memorial Hospital Ministry Health Care, Inclusion Through Wellness
This will implement innovative strategies that improve the wellness of individuals with cognitive, sensory and physical disabilities in the Kewaunee County community. These encompass three outreach programs designed to support diverse populations in need of specific interventions.
Encompass Early Education & Care, Weekend Food Packs for At-Risk Preschool Children
Weekend Food Packs support 95 preschool children at four of the most at-risk Encompass centers. This program provides food support for the weekend to help address three issues that impact learning: hunger, childhood obesity and nutrition, and brain development. Each week the program provides fresh fruit, soup, a breakfast bar, cereal, and crackers.
Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. Food Funds for Greater Green Bay
This grant will provide Food Funds to member food pantries in Brown, Kewaunee, and Oconto counties: re-granted dollars to member organizations to access healthy food from a warehouse of food products.
Foundations Health & Wholeness, Electronic Health Records - Final Phase Implementation
Completion of an electronic health records program will help people struggling with mental illness receive better mental health care by improving all aspects of patient care, including safety, effectiveness, patient-centeredness, communication, education, timeliness, efficiency, and equity.
Golden House, Employment Equity for Survivors of Domestic Abuse
Funding will support advocacy efforts and community partnerships to facilitate sustainable employment for victims of domestic abuse by developing relationships with employers who provide livable wages and removing the barrier of limited childcare options and lack of transportation.
Hand-N-Hand of Northeastern Wisconsin, Educational Program
This program provides opportunities for families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing to connect, promoting language, early literacy, and social and emotional development through playgroups, workshops, sign language and music classes, community outings and more.
Hands On Deck, Week Night Class Scholarship Program
Programs empower youth and families to succeed together through experiential learning focused on the science and art of building wooden boats and cabinets and the preservation of traditional skills. The scholarship program will allow low-income youth to participate at a reduced rate or free as the organization begins charging for its services.
HSHS St. Vincent/St. Mary's Foundation, Nurse's Nook Program
This addresses the health risks faced by children living in rural communities so they can focus on and succeed in school. Children in participating Oconto County schools are given access to basic needs items that help improve health such as food, clothing, and hygiene products as well as transportation assistance for medical appointments, referrals for specialized care, and access to medical equipment and over-the-counter treatments.
Literacy Green Bay, Children First Family Literacy
The Children First Family Literacy Program continues to grow helping participants achieve their GED while working. Participants pay a low, one-time registration cost.
Marinette & Oconto Counties Literacy Council, Project Tutor Leadership
Funds will assist Oconto County's prospective tutors during their training process, at in-services, and tutoring new adult students. Tutor training will require laptops and Internet capability, tech support, supplies and materials.
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Educational Foundation, College Comeback
Programs inspire low-income adults living in Brown, Oconto or Kewaunee counties to uncover their career passion and achieve a college degree for a family-sustaining career that leads to economic stability. Funding provides financial support for education expenses such as tuition and books to low-income unemployed or underemployed adults with dreams of higher education.
Transformation House, TADA Program
Funding will assist in the purchase of equipment, bus passes, and cost of helping residents become sober and maintain their sobriety through in-house programming, community support programs and possible mental health services. Breathalyzers, drug test kits, bus passes and in-house service costs are included.
WisconSibs, WisconSibs Program
Wisconsibs is dedicated to the lifelong needs of siblings of people with disabilities and will host two peer support workshops in Brown County for youth ages 6 to 17 who are siblings of a child with disabilities. Leadership training and opportunities are also offered to teens throughout the year.
Wisconsin Humane Society - Green Bay Campus, Youth Programs
Support will enhance youth programming that provides unique and interactive learning experiences with shelter animals to teach empathy, compassion, self-efficacy and cooperation to Brown County youth.
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