Funds for Greater Green Bay awards $143,000 to local nonprofits creating a better tomorrow

April 4, 2019 – The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation awarded $143,000 to 19 nonprofit organizations serving Brown, Kewaunee and Oconto counties through the Funds for Greater Green Bay grant program.

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 July 11, 2019.

The Winter 2019 grants were awarded to the following organizations and programs:

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay, Youth Arts Initiative
Based on The Wallace Foundation’s 10 success principles of exemplary arts-focused after-school programs, daily classes will engage underserved youth in visual, media-based, and performing art forms featuring filmmaking, graphic design, hip hop, theater, and dance.

Breast Cancer Family Foundation, Elementary Cancer Education
With a mission to inspire people to lead cancer-free healthy lifestyles, this program provides cancer prevention education programming in Northeast Wisconsin elementary schools.

CP, Sensory Development and Music Therapy
A new inclusive program helps more than 40 children, ages 3-5, with and without disabilities, practice important skills including thinking, language, motor coordination and understanding emotions through a multi-sensory experience.

Greater Green Bay YMCA, Franklin Outdoor Environmental Education
Franklin Middle School’s participation in the Outdoor Environmental Education program builds trust, develops leadership and provides team building with staff and peers.

Green Bay Area Public Schools, Health Services Team
With a goal to eliminate barriers to healthcare for families in the Green Bay district, this team has recognized a lice epidemic. The team will target the identified 80 students experiencing chronic lice and a lack of options to treat it and provide support for families to eliminate chronic lice.

Green Bay Bicycle Collective, Earn A Bike
Funding will support an Earn-A-Bike program at the nonprofit community bike shop. Those unable to obtain a bicycle can apply to the program, learn bike safety and maintenance, and volunteer at the shop to earn a bike of their own.

Jake’s Diapers, Eastern Wisconsin Diaper Bank
This program seeks to meet the basic diapering needs of 1,500 children through the discounted purchase of diapers and wipes for distribution to local nonprofits serving these families. In Brown County, 3,391 children under age 3 live in households that struggle to meet their basic diaper needs.

Junior Achievement of WI – Greater Green Bay Area, Inspire & Prepare Youth for Economic Success
Students at Aldo Leopold and Webster elementary schools will have access to 10 grade-level, research-based curriculum programs designed to meet the educational standards set forth by the state.

N.E.W. Zoological Society, Tablets for Zoo Education

With the purchase of 15 iPads, youth in the zoo’s educational programs can use technology to perform citizen science, identify wildlife, and make positive consumer choices to protect wildlife, and the zoo can inspire visitors to get outside with their devices to connect with wildlife, improving human health and conserving Earth’s biodiversity.

Oconto Co Partnership, Job Center
This partnership will provide educational programming within the Oconto County Law Enforcement Center to help inmates gain employment upon release and reduce recidivism. Developing this space within the center would aid individuals in attaining the GED and completing resumes and job applications, while connecting employers to the inmates before release and allowing work release opportunities within the center.

New Community Shelter, Ending Homelessness
Comprehensive programming provides homeless adults the tools to become self-sufficient. Case managers provide one-on-one counseling weekly, and the shelter offers educational programming and connections to other resources.

New Leaf Foods, Green Bay Garden Blitz
This program will improve community health and wellness through the Good Food Movement by installing 70 gardens in the Green Bay area with 25 gardens in 11 elementary schools located in low-income neighborhoods.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Educational Foundation, Student Emergency Fund
Short-term financial needs, such as transportation or housing, can halt students’ long-term goals. NWTC’s Student Emergency Assistance program has proven to benefit student retention and graduation rates.

Options for Independent Living, Optimizing Technology & Employment
Promoting the use of Assistive Technology would increase the employment of people with disabilities and help employers meet their need for qualified employees. Information and technical assistance will be provided to both employers and people with disabilities, employers will be coached to create responsive organizational cultures and people with disabilities will be coached to self-advocate.

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin, Head Start Vision Health Program
The program ensures children receive a vision screening and referral while improving access to follow-up care through vision health education, resources, and follow-up support. By working in partnership with HeadStart, this program targets the 1 in 5 preschool-aged children living in poverty who have a vision problem.

Service League of Green Bay, Back to School Store
This is a one-day event for low-income children and families in Brown County, providing all the supplies needed to start a new school year.

Unity Hospice, Treatment + Palliative Care
Palliative care improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing life-threatening illness. It prevents and relieves suffering through early identification, correct assessment and treatment of pain and other problems.

Wisconsin Humane Society, Enhancing Youth Programming in Brown County
Unique and interactive learning experiences with shelter animals, such as field trip programs, camps and special events, teach empathy, compassion, self-efficacy and cooperation to youth.

YWCA of Greater Green Bay, Community Education Program
The program provides safe spaces and events that allow participants to talk openly about experiences, identify barriers to inclusion, and acquire tools for working together across disciplines to create a stronger more diverse community.