Madison Community Foundation: Announces fall grant round awards

Contact: Robin Reid, Communications Director

Madison Community Foundation

608-232-1763 or [email protected]

Attic Angel Association – $75,000 to build 20 additional assisted living household units, expand rehabilitation facilities and renovate wellness, activity and dining spaces. This will help meet the rising demand for rehabilitation and assisted living services.

City of Madison Parks Division – $18,000 for a two-year project to restore outstanding oak savannah groves in four park areas. Goals are to diversify habitat and enhance recreation and educational opportunities in the Dane County park system. Operation Fresh Start Conservation Crew will complete the more intensive work, providing underprivileged youth with employability skills training.

Independent Living – $75,000 for a capital campaign to build a new senior community housing project for the underserved, aging population on Madison’s north side. North-side Prairie Senior Community will serve up to 300 people in independent homes, assisted living and memory care units.

Madison Ballet – $33,000 for a March 2013 production of the contemporary rock ballet “Dracula”, produced and performed by an entirely local artistic team. The vampire/Goth/steam-punk theme is intended to grow a younger audience (18-40). All elements of the production will be available for rent to other companies, producing a new income stream for the company.

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art – $20,000 to create and implement a major, year-long Mexican Art Initiative around the museum’s extensive collection of Mexican modern art. Hailed as one of the most extensive Mexican art collections in the Midwest, the exhibition , in conjunction with workshops, traditional performances, films, gallery talks and public events, is expected to draw 25,000 people, including over 4,000 children.

Madison Symphony Orchestra – $40,000 for the program Link Up, a year-long curriculum of 3-5 grade classroom music activities culminating in a concert in which students perform with the orchestra. Carnegie Hall will supply teacher, student, and concert support materials. The outcome will be improved literacy of all students in the program and improved teaching capacity for teachers that will be sustained beyond the actual program.

Natural Heritage Land Trust – $38,700 for the Youth and Conservation Together program, a collaboration between Natural Heritage Land Trust and Operation Fresh Start, to make lasting improvements and create new recreation opportunities at five important park, trail, and natural resource sites around Dane County.

Omega School – $30,000 to facilitate reconnecting with and preparing former Omega School students and all current students to complete all their GED testing before December 31, 2013. The current GED program expires at the end of 2013at which time all uncompleted scores of the expiring test version will be eliminated. Program will also foster greater collaboration between the DPI-GED program, Wisconsin Literacy, and Omega School.

Simpson Street Free Press – $50,000 for the After School Academic Academy and Madison Literacy Partnership which tackles the achievement gap through multiple and rigorous formats including book clubs, writing and editing, peer mentoring and one on one work with students. Older students will also gain leadership skills by working with younger students.

Token Creek Conservatory – $25,000 to create a 50’ pedestrian bridge that will span Token Creek to reconnect existing trails and provide access to future trail networks in the Town of Windsor. The bridge is part of a long range master plan affecting the Towns of Windsor, DeForest, and Sun Prairie.

YMCA of Dane County – $35,000 for a Community School pilot program in Sun Prairie to provide students in a particularly high rate of poverty with comprehensive out-of-school-time programming based on academics, healthy living, and social service referral to improve social and academic skills. A wide variety of agencies will create sustainable and intensive partnerships to bring a variety of resources directly into schools instead of building new YMCA facilities.

YWCA of Dane County – $25,000 for the Girls Inc. program to be expanded to two additional sites, expanding the number of girls served from 175 to 225. The after school curricula program is designed for low income girls 9-18 which has been proven to improve girls’ academic performance, learn to utilize leadership skills, and resist pressure to use drugs and alcohol.

Wisconsin Academy – $25,000 for the Waters of Wisconsin II :Yahara Watershed Focus to investigate strategies for securing and sustaining healthy aquatic ecosystems and abundant clean water supplies in Wisconsin. Preliminary work includes building a leadership team, implementing communications strategies, and produce a program launch with a renown water expert at Overture in the spring of 2013.