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Expanding opportunities for women and girls.

In March 2020, the Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay’s most recent grant cycle awarded nine grants totaling more than $74,000 to local nonprofit programs.

The Women’s Fund endowment provides grants to local nonprofit organizations offering programs and services supporting leadership and self-esteem initiatives for women and girls. Programs for boys and men relating to healthy relationships supporting women and girls are also encouraged to apply. Since 1998, the Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay has granted more than $1,054,000 to more than 100 initiatives in our community. Grants from this fund make an impact every day by supporting thousands of women and girls in our community!

Grants are awarded based on a competitive application process including review by a team of community volunteers. The next deadline for Women’s Fund grants applications is July 1, 2020. Online applications may be accessed here.

2020 Grant Recipients

Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin, Women’s Recovery Journey

The Women’s Recovery Journey empowers women recovering from alcohol and other drug addictions to better care for themselves and their families. Taking part in this intensive recovery program requires regular attendance, including group meetings 3 times a week and individual therapy once a week as well as reliable transportation, which is difficult for many women in recovery to find. This program eliminates barriers by providing participants with bus passes, taxi vouchers and gas-only gift cards.

House of Hope Green Bay, Expanded Parenting Education Programming

Early brain development in children and success later in life can be heavily influenced by positive parenting skills, caregivers, high-quality childcare and the safety and stability of a child’s environment. Funding provides clients access to expanded on-site parenting education, staff training and assistance with obtaining and maintaining high-quality, affordable childcare. 

Green Bay Area Public Schools, Mother-Daughter Enrichment Classes

The grant supports mother-daughter enrichment courses at five schools with “community spaces,” Eisenhower, Danz, Nicolet, Baird and East High. These locations allow expansion of community enrichment courses to include families who cannot travel to other schools and cannot afford the $20 fee per course. Each site will host two enrichment courses for mother-daughter duos.

Golden House, Prevention Education: Coaching Boys Into Men & Athletes As Leaders)

Expanding evidence-based prevention programming to help young student-athletes prevent victimization in their intimate partner relationships is the goal of this grant. Golden House’s prevention coordinator and youth advocate staff help male youth and community partners understand the dynamics of abusive relationships and gain skills that encourage healthy relationships.

Evergreen Productions, Inc., Girls in Technical Theater

Grant dollars support a new program that introduces girls (ages 12 to 17) to careers in technical theatre.

Girls on the Run Northeast Wisconsin, Spring Pilot Program

The mission of this program is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. Funding supports the first spring program, in partnership with the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Green Bay, piloting Girls on the Run with grades 3-5 in Brown County.

Brown County Health & Human Services, Parent Pals

Grant funds support learning opportunities that will help individuals gain life skills and feel empowered, increase recruitment efforts for volunteers in an effort to grow the program and offer relevant training opportunities to volunteers and staff to increase their knowledge and confidence in working with families in the program. 

St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter, Wellspring

Wellspring is a daytime resource center for women. Grant dollars support increased programming and guest-led initiatives such as Project LEAD, which includes the development of a guest intern program, guest advisory team, and guest-led workshops to empower and promote leadership development for women experiencing or at-risk for homelessness.

Wise Women Gathering Place, Inc., Healthy Relationships, Healthy Decision Making

Grant dollars provide two healthy relationship classes for youth. Participants learn about self-discovery and relationships in any part of life by learning how to set and achieve personal goals, make healthy decisions, sort our life’s chaos, good communication skills, and more. It’s estimated that 32 youth will be served by this program.

2019 Grant Recipients

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay, Girls on the Run     
Over a 10-week session, girls ages 9-13 will join positive adult female mentors in biweekly after-school group run/walks infused with lessons from the international Girls on the Run curriculum. Over the course of the program, girls will increase their physical endurance as they develop self-confidence and important life skills, leading up to participation in an organized 5K run.

CASA of Brown County, Sex Trafficking Training for CASA Youth & Advocates
CASA of Brown County will host an evening of discussion and training on human trafficking for participants and advocates in the Fostering Futures program, a program that provides youth ages 12 to 18 with the tools to assist them in transitioning to independence and realizing their full potential.

Foundations Health & Wholeness, Group Support for Women Experiencing Homelessness & Trauma
Foundations partners with homeless shelters to provide mental health counseling to address mental illness as a root cause of homelessness. The group addresses mental wellness, trauma, and alcohol and other drug addiction.

Golden House, Prevention Education
To help young adults prevent victimization in their intimate partner relationships, Golden House will provide evidence-based and innovative relationship-building programming. The Prevention Coordinator will help youth and community partners understand the dynamics of abusive relationships and gain skills that encourage healthy relationships.

Greater Green Bay YMCA, Girls in Non-Traditional Careers
The Green Bay YMCA has after-school programs at seven sites in partnership with Green Bay Area Public Schools. Funds provide programming for fourth- and fifth-grade girls, offering them exposure to nontraditional careers with an emphasis on careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.

Green Bay Area Public Schools, Personal Care Worker Certification Course
Funding will offer 25 women who have not obtained a high school diploma or GED with the opportunity to participate in a Personal Care Worker Certification course through Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

House of Hope Green Bay, Transportation Barrier Removal for Pregnant and Parenting Homeless Youth
House of Hope will work with clients to overcome transportation barriers by providing: a House of Hope van for transportation to appointments and other business, bus passes, assistance obtaining identifying documentation and driver licenses, and access to safe car seats for transporting children.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Educational Foundation, Destination Graduation
Destination Graduation is a pilot program focused on inspiring low-income women to uncover their career passion and achieve a college degree to obtain a family-sustaining career that leads to economic stability. This project will target low-income (unemployed/underemployed) women who have some college experience but no degree.

Reset Life, RESET.LIFE 2019          
Funding will support Life Coaching and Career Coaching workshops, providing comprehensive support to women facing a life or career transition. Reset Life offers women a safe place to discuss the problems that are unique to women among others who can relate, empathize, and provide valuable help.

Franklin Middle School, Lady Bobcat Yoginis
This new program will offer female students and athletes the opportunity to participate in yoga after school, as well as provide teachers with instruction. The funds will allow a partnership with a local yoga instructor, recently trained in YogaEd, to teach yoga to the girls and teachers, who, in turn, would be able to teach yoga.

Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Troop Starter Pilot Program
The program creates sustainable troops at Green Bay area schools that are economically disadvantaged or have high proportions of English Language Learners. It reaches the schools that have high interest but have struggled with starting and maintaining troops.

Girls on the Run Northeast Wisconsin, Program Expansion in Brown County
The expansion will provide the opportunity for girls in Brown County to participate in Girls on the Run, a physical activity-based positive youth development program designed to enhance girls’ social, psychological, and physical skills to navigate life experiences.

Green Bay Sail & Paddle, Scholarship Fund
With an expanded reach, Green Bay Sail & Paddle aims to inspire more girls and women to develop life skills through sailing. Cost can be a barrier to participating, so funds will provide scholarships and encourage more women and girls to try sailing for the first time.

Hands-On Deck, Woman Woodwright’s Mentoring
Hands-on Deck will recruit and train female builders and makers to mentor young women on the waiting list of a mentoring program for youth referred by Child Protective Services. Their relationships will be fostered in a warm and empowering atmosphere at Hands on Deck’s new boat shop.

House of Hope Green Bay, Intensive Case Management
The structured case management services provided to homeless young mothers and their children help to build self-esteem and identify individual needs and goals related to parenting, formal education, stable housing, and employment.

Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Girls in Science
The Girls in Science Club is designed to provide long-term mentoring to middle school girls by introducing female STEM heroines and exploring the scientific process, anatomy, microscopic worlds, and technology. Medical students lead activities to bring hands-on lectures into schools, engage girls in science labs, and build lasting mentorship for young female scientists in Green Bay.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Educational Foundation, Childcare Support – Overcoming Barriers to Education
Funds provide low-income students with childcare support, allowing them to focus on school and work toward new career opportunities.

St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter, Wellspring
Wellspring is a daytime resource center for women. Funding will increase programming and upgrade facilities to help women impacted by trauma transition to self-sufficiency. It will also help provide workshops and drug/alcohol supportive services and case management.

2018 Grant Recipients

Brown County Health & Human Services, Parents Pals Program
This grant will allow Parent Pals to conduct three educational sessions for mothers referred from Child Protective Services on topics including: “Budgeting & Nutrition,” “Garden to Table” planting and harvesting their own vegetables, and “Common Childhood Illnesses & Injuries – Prevention, Treatment & When to Seek Medical Intervention.”.

St. Norbert College, United reSISTERs Stories of Resilience
This funding will be used to publish a book on the resettlement and resiliency of young African female refugees.  The stories will highlight the young women’s participation in and creation of the United reSISTERs, a group of young Somali women who have a passion for creating a more tight-knit community and peaceful world.

YWCA of Greater Green Bay, Somali Women’s Empowerment Program
Funds will enable Somali women of all ages to access culturally customized and affordable experiences that help them integrate in the YWCA and the community.  The Women’s Empowerment program includes female-only swimming, fitness center access, and computer classes.

Casa ALBA Melanie, Mujeres Fuertes & Women’s Support Group
This grant will fund two related programs for Hispanic women: 1) Mujeres Fuertes/Strong Women – offers exercise and nutrition classes for women, encouraging healthy lifestyle choices and 2) Hispanic Women Support Group, which offers women in abusive situations the tools to develop self-help skills while supporting the women and their families.

Exceptional Equestrians, Girls Rule 2018
This grant will support the equine-assisted learning program that empowers girls to lead their lives with success. Grant funds will support program need-based scholarships.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay, Post-Adoption Services for Birth Mothers
This funding will provide comprehensive post-adoption services to birth mothers. These activities will provide opportunities for birth mothers to connect with and support each other, provide tangible support to birth mothers shortly after the birth of the child they are creating an adoption plan for and provide professional counseling services.

NWTC Educational Foundation, Women of Color
Funds will provide NWTC’s Women of Color group an opportunity to increase achievement and persistence rates of minority women by creating a supportive environment where they can find strength in each other and succeed academically.  The group provides a structured environment where participants can share stories, get involved in the community, gain leadership skills, and attend presentations and workshops on learning new skills.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay, Girls Only Graphic Design
The funds will support a summer offering of the Girls Only Graphic Design program that will give girls a look at women in the arts throughout the years and their stamp on history.  Girls will take trips to museums, around our community and through the Internet to discover the women who are using their talent to make a difference.

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    2016 Grant Recipients

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