Stand Together Foundation awards nearly half a million dollars to programs supporting economic stability and self-sufficiency

The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation has joined forces with a group of community-minded individuals to make a transformational impact on the lives of low-income adults, youth and families in the greater Green Bay area. This new collaboration with Stand Together Foundation is awarding $472,250 in new funding for economic stability and self-sufficiency programs to six nonprofit organizations in its first year. The funding is primarily directed toward housing stability, education and workforce development and includes two three-year grants.

The partnership with Stand Together leverages the expansive community knowledge and grantmaking expertise of the Community Foundation to create both immediate and long-term change for our community. “We’re a group of community-minded individuals committed to creating better communities today, tomorrow and for generations,” said Tom Selk, president of the Stand Together Foundation. “Our mission is to work collaboratively with nonprofit agencies by funding lasting solutions for those in need in our community. The expertise of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation allows us to make the greatest impact with our funds.” Stand Together Foundation increases the Community Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking resources by 25% allowing for an amplified strategic response to funding emerging needs and opportunities to reduce poverty.

The Community Foundation’s grants programs are strategic and responsive to the evolving needs of the greater Green Bay community. Led by our Vice President of Community Engagement, Amber Paluch, each program funds proven or promising initiatives that seek to deepen impact and support nonprofit collaboration.

New grants awarded by the Stand Together Foundation:

Bay Area Workforce Development Board – Transitions to Success Collaboration
This collaboration coordinates and aligns multiple service agencies and resources to assist foster and at-risk youth and young adults in achieving self-sufficiency and independence. The program aims to engage and connect young adults to support systems and resources, while creating comprehensive, individualized strategies addressing barriers to education, employment, and self-sufficiency.

Community Benefit Tree – Green Bay Resource Center
Community Benefit Tree helps families navigating a financially crippling medical crisis raise money and offers a support system for everyone involved. A Green Bay resource center will allow the organization to create more awareness of programs, meet directly with clients closer to their homes, and help more families remain financially stable through a medical crisis.

Ecumenical Partnership for Housing – Prevention Initiative

Through a program to work with local landlords to prevent homelessness, a case manager will guide families through budgeting, financial literacy, employment and employability, and help them address other barriers to self-sufficiency. The program will provide temporary support such as back rent, car repairs, or child care based on each family’s situation.

Forward Service Corporation in Green Bay – Transportation Alliance for New Solutions (TrANS) Construction Training Program
The job training program provides low-income women, minorities, and formerly incarcerated individuals with the soft and technical skills needed to attain well-paying jobs in the construction industry. The program provides ongoing follow-up services to assist graduates on their career pathways.

Golden House – Safe Home for Victims Program
The program achieves long-term housing stability for victims of domestic abuse by identifying and removing barriers through advocacy, partnership development with community partners and flexible financial assistance.

UW-Extension Brown County – Rent Smart Program
Rent Smart is designed to help individuals who have little to no rental experience, had difficulty obtaining rental housing, or are perceived to be high-risk tenants. Classes focus on helping individuals gain and enhance knowledge and skills essential for a successful renting experience, reducing the risk of homelessness.

About Stand Together Foundation
The Stand Together Foundation is part of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation’s family of funds. Grants are made to support measurable strategies to move people from the brink of poverty to a place of economic stability and self-sufficiency.