Awarding grants to community partners for small projects has been a valued part of the Junior League of Milwaukee’s activities since inception. After a 10 year hiatus, the JLM began soliciting grant requests again during the 2016 and 2017 league year. The list below summarizes more recent community partners that have been JLM grant awardees. Funds available for award stem from the interest accrued on the endowment.
The JLM solicits proposals for the annual grant cycle during the winter and generally awards the grants during the spring. Community agencies looking for more information should see the grant proposal website at https://www.jlmilw.org/community/community-grant-request-for-proposals/ or contact the JLM grants committee at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2019-2020 GRANT AWARDEES
Children’s Outing Association
Children’s Outing Association received $5,000 to help hire a coordinator for its Read Everywhere program. Read Everywhere is a city-wide program that hosts literacy events and distributes 20,000 children’s books each year.
Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center
Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center received $5,000 to support its Crisis & Runaway Program Counseling Project. The program runs a 24-hour crisis intervention and temporary emergency shelter for runaway, homeless, and other troubled youth ages 11-17. This funding will support two therapists who provide therapy to the program participants.
2018-2019 GRANT AWARDEES
SaintA received an award of $5,000 to fund two projects. The first is the purchase of durable goods for SaintA’s Family Center, a safe environment in which foster families, families of origin, and children meet to share a meal and strengthen their relationships. The second is the support of Cathy’s Closet, a boutique of donated items which support children and youth in foster care.
St. Joan Antida High School
St. Joan Antida High School received an award of $5,000 to support the launch of the Reach Out and Achieve Results (R.O.A.R.) Program. R.O.A.R. is an extracurricular program led during the school day, which is comprised of several clubs in which students can participate. St. Joan serves students predominately at or below the federal poverty line, and R.O.A.R. is designed to help its students thrive academically and personally.
2017-2018 GRANT AWARDEES
Curative Care Network
Curative Care received an award of $6,390 to fully fund the construction of a Children’s Sensory Room. This room serves as a therapeutic environment used by occupational therapists to treat children with sensory processing disorders.
St Ann Center for Intergenerational Care
St Ann Center for Intergenerational Care received an award of $4,350 to fully fund the purchase of an audiometer and a capillary blood lead test kits for the new medical clinic located at Bucyrus Campus at 2450 W North Avenue. Having the lead test kit allows St Ann’s to test the blood levels in hundreds of adults and children a year, thousands over time, in one of Milwaukee’s neighborhoods most affected by the lead poisoning epidemic.
2016-2017 GRANT AWARDEES
Revitalize Milwaukee – SheVitalize Block Build Event – October 7, 2017
JLM donated $5,000 to sponsor a house and provided volunteers to perform painting, plumbing, replace fixtures and cabinetry. Goal of the sponsorship was to help vulnerable homeowners make necessary repairs to stay in their homes. Below is a picture of the group in front of the house we worked on.
Sojourner Family Peace Center
$2,000 was donated to help fund Healthy Dating Youth Summits. The purpose of the Healthy Dating Summits was to provide a full day learning opportunity for MPS students to talk about positive relationship interactions and how to identify signs of abuse.