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Bader Philanthropies Grant

Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits and Agencies for
Aging, Youth, Workforce, Arts, and Community Programs

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Grants to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations and government agencies for programs in the areas of Alzheimer’s and aging, community initiatives, youth programming, workforce development, and the arts. Preliminary applications are due June 25. Proposals are invited in specific program areas within certain geographic boundaries:

Alzheimer’s and Aging – National, with Focus on Wisconsin: At the center of the Foundation's interest in healthy aging is Alzheimer’s disease, and finding ways to offer hope to families grappling with the long goodbye. These efforts are guided by four strategies:

- Program Development: To help nurture and expand critical services with a focus on underserved urban and rural communities. From adult day programs that provide respite for families, to the memory loss clinics that identify the first signs of the disease, the Foundation's support helps build a strong statewide network of care.
- Education and Training: The Foundation's grants and networks ensure that health professionals, volunteer caregivers, and family members have opportunities to sharpen their skills and stay current on aging-related issues. With particular emphasis on frontline care workers, the Foundation addresses critical gaps such as worker retention and strengthen programs that enhance the quality of care provided to older adults throughout Wisconsin.
- Applied Research: We all need to reshape our thinking about how to effectively care for older adults. The Foundation's sole national funding strategy seeks innovative applied research projects that have direct links to Wisconsin, or that can provide a model for replication here in its home state.
- Public Policy: The policies that impact the lives of families are only as effective as the information behind them. While the Foundation does not shape specific legislation, it does create educational opportunities so decision-makers at all levels can better understand the complex, changing, and current findings in aging – and how good policy can impact the well-being of older adults and their families.

Workforce Development – City of Milwaukee: This program area encompasses five core strategies:

-Youth Preparation and Readiness: Support and expand technical and apprenticeship programs, while expanding work support services for hard-to-place unemployed.
-Link to Existing/Emerging Jobs: Support neighborhood-based jobs initiatives while building the capacity of small, results-oriented jobs initiatives in select neighborhoods.
-Job Creation and Expansion: Support new business and entrepreneurs in southeastern Wisconsin, while focusing on high-growth sectors such as health care, water, food industries, construction, and environmental services.
-Workforce Policy Research: Support research initiatives that lead to improved workforce development policies for Milwaukee’s unemployed.
-Spur New Thinking: Convene city-wide summits, workshops and other opportunities that can link business, civic, philanthropic, and workforce partners to collaborate on solutions to workforce issues.

Community Partnerships for Youth – City of Milwaukee: Community Partnerships for Youth (CPY) has three key strategies:

-Out-of-School-Time Opportunities: Support quality out-of-school, after-school, and summer programs that empower school-age youth, teens, and young adults ages 18-24, with an emphasis on:
-Community Cultural Development: Inspire creative community building by supporting youth programs that bridge Milwaukee’s economic, racial, and generational divide.
-Youth Voice: Support programs that foster authentic youth leadership opportunities, especially for youth not often seen as potential leaders or community assets.
-Whole Youth Support: Support services for youth and families who face homelessness, hunger, and mental illness, including programs that encourage youth to develop mindfulness and other wellness strategies to manage stress, anger, and trauma.
-Capacity Building: Support stronger youth through stronger agencies, using two approaches: Agency Stability, which includes support the development of strong, sustainable youth-serving organizations by building leadership capacity and organizational infrastructure; and Systemic Development, which includes support the coordination and collaboration of cross-sector youth programs and services to build a web of citywide support for youth and families.

Community Initiatives – Greater Milwaukee: Over the past two decades, Community Initiatives grants have helped the Foundation join community-wide conversations about issues that matter, but that do not neatly fall under one of the key program areas. Through this program, Bader Philanthropies is able to lend critical support to issues including education, infant health, low-income legal services, and more. Often, these additional challenges directly impact the well-being of the same families that our primary funding efforts aim to reach.

Milwaukee Arts – City of Milwaukee: Bader Philanthropies has helped to support a variety of engaging activities, from hands-on workshops and inspiring performances, to introspective storytelling exercises.

Through dedicated arts funding program, Bader Philanthropies bring the arts closer to audiences who have traditionally been underserved in Milwaukee. Bader Philanthropies believes that low-cost, accessible arts programming can help build bridges and increase cross-cultural understanding. Just as importantly, Bader Philanthropies believes a healthy, diverse arts community is a major factor in the vitality of the larger community.

Bader Philanthropies also brings arts and creativity into other program areas when it fits with these strategies. For example, the Alzheimer’s and Aging programs and Community Youth Partnerships build creativity into their funding approaches, helping to further their objectives of nurturing older adults and engaging Milwaukee youth.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176899

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are given only to U.S. organizations that are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or to government entities.

Bader Philanthropies primarily focuses on issues that reflect the program areas listed above. Although there are many worthy projects and programs doing great work, the Bader Philanthropies generally does not provide funding to organizations that fall outside of these defined program areas.

Bader Philanthropies also cannot provide direct support to individuals, including individual scholarships.

Pre-Application Information:

The Preliminary Application can be submitted at any time. Application deadlines are established twice per year to correspond with meetings of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The Fall Grants Deadline for Preliminary Applications is June 25, 2018.
Approximately two weeks after your preliminary application is sent, you will receive an email regarding the progress of your request.

Your Full Proposal will be available online when you receive an email from Bader Philanthropies. The Fall Grants Cycle Deadline for Full Proposals is July 30, 2018.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Preliminary Application:

Bader Philanthropies
233 North Water Street
Fourth Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202

P: 414/224-6464
F: 414/224-1441

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wisconsin: Some programs focus on Milwaukee or the Greater Milwaukee area.