The Community Connections Small Grants Program supports resident-led efforts to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods. The program awards grants from $50 to $750 to fund neighborhood projects, events and activities. All grant applications will be reviewed and scored by a group of residents from some of the targeted neighborhoods. The review team will make recommendations about which grants to fund. Click here to see funded projects from the first four grant cycles.

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Who Should Apply

Resident led groups living and working in the following neighborhoods are encouraged to apply: Amani, Capitol Heights, Century City, Clarke Square, Concordia, Harambee, Havenwoods, Johnsons Park, Layton Boulevard West (Layton Park, Burnham Park, Silver City), Lindsay Heights, Martin Drive, Metcalfe Park, Muskego Way, Old North Milwaukee, Pulaski Park, Riverwest, Sherman Park, Silver Spring, Thurston Woods, Tower Hill and Dunbar Oaks-Waukesha, Washington Park, and Woodlands. Click here to view the neighborhood boundaries.

On occasion grants are made to surrounding neighborhoods that could directly impact the work being accomplished in the aforementioned neighborhoods.

Projects should benefit a specific neighborhood and be planned and led by a group of at least three unrelated individuals, at least two of whom live in the neighborhood where the project will take place. The other member must demonstrate a clear connection to the neighborhood.

The purpose of Community Connections Small Grants is for groups to become a part of the fabric of their respective neighborhood, not provide a service to a neighborhood; they must be connected and engaged in the community.

Projects must make use of the strengths and assets that already exist in the community. These strengths and assets are shown through the dollar-for-dollar match in the budget. Strengths may include the commitment of the residents, active networks and strategies already in place. Assets are institutions, organizations and people whose resources, gifts and talents are used to make the project happen. Applicants are encouraged to think creatively about neighborhood assets and how they can be used to accomplish projects.

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Groups that receive a grant will also need to:

✪ Secure a dollar-for-dollar match equal to or greater than the amount requested from the small grants progam. For example, if you request $750.00 you should demonstrate $750.00 in matching funds and/or in-kind services. Matching support can be money, volunteer work or donated goods or services such as land, event space, tools or equipment, etc.

✪ If funds are requested to cover the cost of contractors, the cost of the contractors cannot account for more than 50% of the total grant funds requested from the program.

✪ Track and document all project expenses. This includes keeping track of original receipts and invoices

✪ At leat one group member must have a checking account in good standing. Therefore, check cashing fees are not an allowable expense.

✪ Where appropriate, take before and after pictures of the project.

✪ Applicants can only take the lead and/or be the point of contact for one project.

✪ Attendance by two group members at the information session and the grantee orientation is required in order to receive funds. Failure to attend these meetings will result in your group not being eligible to receive funds.

✪ Applicants will receive an email regarding the status of the grant application. Failure to check email correspondence will disqualify you from receiving funding.

✪ Turn in your final report 30 days after project completion. All three group members must complete and sign off on the final report. Failure to submit final report on time will disqualify all group members from applying for a grant for one year.
Click here for the final report form.

✪ Come to a final grantee celebration and talk about the project.

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To Apply

Before applying, at least two residents from your group must attend an application information session.

Information Sessions will be held:

Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Journey House (2110 W. Scott Street) - Teen Lounge
Park in the parking lot on Scott Street near 22nd Street

Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Albright United Methodist Church (5555 W. Capitol Drive)


Grant Cycle Application Due Grantee Orientation /
Grants Awarded
Reports Due
Winter 2017 April 3, 2017 May 18, 2017 November 13, 2017

Completed applications are due by April 3, 2017. It is strongly recommended that applications be submitted online.
Click here to apply online. Click here for a paper copy of the application.

Questions? Call (414) 678-1756 or email info@ccsmallgrants.org

La solicitud está disponible en español. Envíe un email a info@ccsmallgrants.org para solicitarla.


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