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ThriveOn Collaboration Grant Program

Nonprofits interested in partnering with residents, community leaders and stakeholders in activities that promote community cohesion, foster constructive relationship with community residents and stakeholders.

The collaboration will consider proposals from groups, agencies and organizations with a charitable status as determined by the IRS internal revenue code 501(c) 3. Please note: Entities that do not have this designation may use a fiscal sponsor (organization recognized as a 501 (c) 3 charitable entity) to serve as the recipient and manager of the grant. Eligible nonprofits are required to have board membership that is at least 10 percent people of color. The term “people of color” refers to all persons who are not categorized as white by the U.S. Census.

Criteria for funding will include the expected activities and events and the prospect for promoting peace, community building and cohesion and building social connections, the track record of the applicant, the degree of the collaboration with others and willingness to share information and plans, and the quality of the proposal as described below.

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Spring/Summer 2021 ThriveOn Grants

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African American Breastfeeding Network
$7,500 to support a Well Mommy and Baby Care Package Drive Up. The drive ups are community resource fairs for pregnant women and moms. The goal of this event is to distribute 100 baby layette and mommy care packages to pregnant and new mothers in the Harambee community.
All 4 Kidz
$7,500 to support the Empowerment Program. This is a workshop-based program to introduce youth ages 12-20 about various mental health topics and better understand coping mechanisms. Youth will be engaged in mentorship and weekly check-ins to develop strategies for success and personal development. This program is being offered to youth in Halyard Park, Harambee, and Metcalfe Park.
Groundwork Milwaukee
$7,500 to support the Community Garden Health Hub Partnership. This grant will support the Community Garden Health Hub Partnership, which coordinates and deploys health resources to community gardens in the Harambee neighborhood. Programming includes hosting workshops for planting and growing fresh foods, with a focus on the nutritional benefits of vegetables grown. All workshops will be a hybrid of in-person and virtual demonstrations on cooking and preserving fresh food.
Northcott Neighborhood House
$7,500 for Seeding the Future program. This grant will create opportunities for young people from the Harambee neighborhood to learn about growing food, hydroponics, good nutritional habits, sports, and sportsmanship. The program is designed to help youth learn how science and sports can help them contribute to their community in positive ways. Also, the integration of sports and proper nutrition will educate youth on proper exercise and ways to reduce obesity.
Riverworks Development Corporation
$7,500 to support the development of the Resident Collaboration for Summer Beerline Trail Events led by the Guiding Lens group. The Guiding Lens group is the community arm of the Beerline Trail Neighborhood Development Project in the Harambee neighborhood. This summer, the Guiding Lens group will create the logo for the entire Beerline Trail, put together an art creation guide that dictates the types of art present on the trail ensuring it represents the community, put on several clean ups and community programming, commission an art project, and have learned to operate more efficiently as a team of residents pushing community projects forward.
St. Francis of Assisi Parish
$7,500 to support the Reading Week for Children. This grant will support the Reading Week for Children program. The week was planned to help a child regain his or her reading skills before starting school again in September. The curriculum was created for students in grades 2 through 5 because research has shown that this age group will lose reading progress over the summer. The week includes games and enjoyable events that help students develop their reading, writing, and comprehension skills.