Seventeen area nonprofits receive Community Foundation grants to increase impact
The Funds for Greater Green Bay are a collection of field of interest and unrestricted funds at the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. Field of interest funds support particular interests, causes or geographic areas, and unrestricted funds allow the Community Foundation to respond to the most pressing needs of the community. Donor Advised Fund holders also co-invest in these projects to increase community 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 Winter 2017 grants were awarded to the following organizations and programs:
Beaux Mettler Foundation
The grant supports the Foundation in providing new technology to hospitalized children to keep them connected to family and friends and to offer comfort and a distraction; financial support to struggling families with medical needs, including transportation and food costs; and support to local students through scholarships, access to innovative technology, and financial assistance.
Breast Cancer Family Foundation, Inc., Classroom Cancer Awareness and Prevention Education
This grant expands Cancer Awareness and Preventions education to as many students and adults as possible by moving it beyond the classroom into the local communities, reinforcing a healthy lifestyle message with creative tools and resources to extend the impact to the families of students.
Disabled American Veterans Russell Leicht Chapter #3, Transportation Program
Funding supports the Transportation Program, providing free rides to veterans to and from medical appointments.
Einstein Project, 2017 Kick Start
Funds will launch the Kickstarter campaign for two new product lines, offsetting some of the hard costs of the campaign including video and other marketing components.
Encompass Early Education & Care, Inc., ASQ Enterprise System
Funding will assist in purchasing the software, supporting materials, and one year of annual fees to manage the Ages and Stages Questionnaire online. Online management of this developmental tracking information will allow access to families for screening, as well as the ability to share the information with United Way and Achieve Brown County to ensure every child is prepared for school.
Exceptional Equestrians, Adult Hippotherapy
This grant will help fund a therapy horse, outreach, and other startup costs for adult hippotherapy, a service that is otherwise unavailable in Northeastern Wisconsin. Funds will also provide support for the continuation of services to riders as they become adults, filling a gap in services available to adults with disabilities in Northeastern Wisconsin.
Family & Childcare Resources of Northeastern Wisconsin, Triple P Parenting
This grant expands the Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) in Brown and Oconto counties. The Triple P is an evidence-based parenting program that gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them build strong, healthy relationships to confidently manage their children’s behavior and prevent problems from developing.
Golden House, Safe Home
In 2016, Golden House piloted a new model to respond to trends of increasing homelessness among victims, repeat shelter stays, shelter over-capacity and changing trauma response practices. This grant will continue the development of the Safe Home model to increase opportunities for safe and permanent housing for victims of domestic violence and their children through increased advocate support and flexible spending.
Greater Green Bay YMCA, Inc., Blessings in a Backpack
This grant funds the weekend backpack program for students who attend the YMCA after-school program at Eisenhower Elementary School, providing food to students who have little or no food on the weekends.
HSHS St. Vincent/St. Mary’s Foundation, Mobile Mammography
Funding for the Mobile Mammography Program will provide rural and underserved women and those in the workforce with access to mammograms. The “Mammogram on Wheels” will make it easier for underserved women to receive annual mammograms and aid in the early identification of breast cancer.
Izaak Walton League, Bee and Butterfly/ Pollinator Garden
The local chapter is working on plans to construct a natural playground for children to enjoy at Osprey Point. Funding will support a bee and butterfly garden that will be designed as a maze for children and their families to explore and learn about the vital importance of bees and butterflies to our environment.
Leadership Green Bay, Enrich our Community Trails with Bicycle Repair Stations
These funds will be used to purchase bicycle repair stations along community trails and roadways. Twenty locations in the Green Bay have been identified to benefit from these units.
Literacy Green Bay, Inc., English Classes for Low-Literate Somali Learners
This grant will fund an additional 45-week English Language Learners class for Somali students entering classes with no formal education and who are illiterate in both languages. This pre-Level 1 class would provide one-on-one attention and feedback.
Neville Public Museum Foundation, Estamos Aqui Exhibit and Programming
Funds will support a new bilingual exhibit and related programming to celebrate the diverse cultures and traditions that have endured immigration from across Latin America.
St. Vincent de Paul, Vincentian Volunteer Training and Development
Funding will provide training for Home Visit, in which volunteers create a positive system of support for a more comprehensive program.
Unity Hospice, Unity Hospice Resale Shoppe
Funding will support Unity’s effort to open and operate a Resale Shoppe modeled after other non-profit hospice stores throughout the country. Hospice resale stores create revenue streams that allow for end-of-life care for all regardless of ability to pay. These stores also provide families and friends a meaningful way to donate possessions of a loved one while knowing that their donations will pay it forward for others.
University of Wisconsin Extension Brown County, Youth Farmers Market Program
In 2016, the Community Gardens Program piloted a youth farmers’ market program to fill an identified programming gap for older youth and to foster participants’ life and job skills. Funds will support this program’s continuation and expansion in 2017.