FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2011
Contact: Robin Reid, Communications Director
Madison Community Foundation
608-232-1763 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Madison Community Foundation Awards $483,000 in Spring Grant Round
Madison, WI, May 10, 2012 - Madison Community Foundation (MCF) led its spring grant cycle with a gift of $200,000 to Access Community Health Centers for the South Side Clinic Capital Campaign as part of more than $483,000 the MCF Board of Governors recently awarded to ten Dane County nonprofits.
The new 21,500 square foot building will replace a too small, aging facility and allow space to add dental, pharmacy, and x-ray services as well as expand provisions for medical and behavioral health.
“Access Community Health Care continues to be one of the area’s strongest nonprofits, serving a population that experiences financial, cultural and social barriers in receiving health care,” said Kathleen Woit, Madison Community Foundation President. “This grant builds upon the MCF investment in the South Park Street area.
The other 2012 Spring Competitive Grants awarded by MCF include:
Fitchburg Optimists Club - $75,000 for a new Splash Pad at McKee Farms Park. The fully accessible aquatic destination will provide opportunities for summer recreation to the community at large.
The Freshmobile - $30,000 to equip and operate a mobile food market to bring fresh produce to residents living in low income neighborhoods who have limited access to grocery stores. The Freshmobile will travel to four targeted neighborhoods.
Madison Metropolitan School District - $60,000 toward five new piano keyboard labs at Emerson, Hawthorne, Lake View, Leopold, and Lindbergh Elementary Schools. Each lab will have 16 keyboards to accommodate 30 students. The project will transform MMSD music education with new instruments, new curriculum, and professional development for teachers.
Middleton Outreach Ministry - $20,000 to purchase additional refrigerator/freezer units. Distributing close to 700,000 pounds of food in 2011, Middleton Outreach Ministry is now the third largest food pantry in Dane County. High quality commercial grade storage equipment will more effectively safeguard the food and allow MOM to better accommodate a growing numbers of families.
Rolling Meadows Homes Cooperative - $10,000 to plan, design and build a cooperative garden space site for this senior housing community. The Oregon Middle School Eco-Center and Oregon High School Horticulture program will partner with Rolling Meadows to provide site planning, plantings selection and student labor.
Verona Area School District / Verona Public Works - $27,000 for the Whalen Pond Neighborhood Ecology Education Initiative. A city-school-university partnership has been established in an effort to provide students with an outdoor classroom/lab space for hands-on education and long-term data gathering.
Village of Marshall - $15,000 for a 1:1 challenge grant to build a new natural play area at Converse Park. The play area will be constructed predominantly of natural components and will help combat childhood obesity, create connections to the natural world and provide a community hub for creative play.
Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery & Madison Children’s Museum - $30,000 for the Sparks of Discovery Program. This program will create six accessible, unique and interactive modules for children and families, complementing in-school learning and sparking interest in further STEAM (science, technology, art, engineering and math) exploration and/or careers.
Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra - $16,000 for the Endangered Instrument Workshop Series. The series will collaborate with local musicians, MMSD and the UW School of Music to increase interest in and mastery of three endangered instruments (bassoon, viola & French horn), rarely taught in schools due to both the limited availability of private lessons and the high cost of purchasing instruments.
The mission of the Madison Community Foundation is to encourage, facilitate, and manage long-term philanthropy.