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Social Compact Grants Program:
 Addressing Poverty in Milwaukee

Sponsored by: SOLUTIONS CENTRAL (Division of Global Inclusion & Engagement) and the 
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP, JUSTICE & EQUITY COMPACT

Grant Winners

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Grant Overview

Social Compact Grants are supported through a collaboration between Solutions Central (a project of the Division of Global Inclusion & Engagement) and the Social Entrepreneurship, Justice & Equity Compact (SEJEC).

The Social Compact Grants committee at UWM welcomes applications for grants that support or initiate quantifiable solutions to alleviating poverty in Milwaukee. Grant proposals must illustrate strategies for demonstrating measurable outcomes and lead to sustainable collaborations or efforts. Of the total $200,000 available, the committee will award an unspecified number of grants up to $25,000 each.

The Social Compact Grants program is part of a larger effort for UWM, in conjunction with community partners, to continue responding to the challenges associated with poverty in Milwaukee. These efforts are designed to engage a broad cross section of the campus and community and bring diverse perspectives to solving problems and creating value in society.

Each grant application must therefore have at least one UWM partner and at least one community partner. Applications may have multiple partners from the community, university or both and correspond to the partners identified on the application cover page. Interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged.

Community Partner: Any community-based group or individual representing such groups serving Milwaukee.

UWM Partner: Any UWM faculty, academic staff, school, department, or individual representing such groups.


Grant Funded Opportunities & Themes

Social Compact Grants support community-UWM collaborations that address poverty. Collaborative grants may include, but are not limited to, any of the following themes & strategies:

Equity

  • Reading/Literacy
  • Educational Achievement Gap
  • Graduation and Retention Rates
  • School Suspensions

Justice

  • Influencing Public Policy
  • Housing
  • Food Justice
  • Re-Entry/Recidivism

Employment/Jobs

  • Social Innovation/Entrepreneurship and 
Business Development
  • Community Development
  • Workforce Readiness & Job Creation
  • Sustaining partnerships/collaborations

Others

  • Community Health and Wellness
  • Parenting Support

The ideal grant application centers on a project that brings together a UWM program with community resources such as neighborhood improvement groups, community centers, schools, and health agencies.


Grant Cycle

Grants are eligible for one year of funding. The grant cycle extends from September 1, 2016-August 31, 2017. All Social Compact Grant funds must be exhausted by August 31, 2017.

Please note:

  • GRANT FUNDS MUST BE USED IN ACCORDANCE WITH UW-SYSTEM GUIDELINES.

Application Deadline

Completed applications are due in the Chancellor’s Program office by 4:00pm on Thursday, April 28, 2016, or be postmarked by this date.

Applications may also be faxed to Christy Uttech at 414-229-4331 or emailed to webercl@uwm.edu in PDF format only.

Please note:

  • LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
  • GRANT AWARDS WILL BE MADE PUBLIC BY JUNE 1, 2016

Application Drop-off 
and Mailing Address

Christy Uttech, Program Officer 
Chancellor’s Office
Attn: Social Compact Grants Competition
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413, Chapman 202
Milwaukee, WI 53201


Social Compact Grant Recipient Requirements

ORIENTATION

All Social Compact Grant recipients must attend an orientation session (each project will have their own meeting and all project participants must be present) to be scheduled for June/July 2016. Grant funds cannot be accessed until the orientation has been held.

All Social Compact Grant partners MUST be present at their orientation.

DOCUMENTATION & MONITORING

  1. Social Compact Grant ReportsGrant recipients will submit two reports: one at the mid-point of the grant cycle and one at the close of the grant cycle. All reporting materials must be provided to the Chancellor’s Office Program office.
  2. DocumentationGrant recipients must submit to the Chancellor’s Office documentation (photos, video, audio, etc.), when applicable, of project activities. Consent/Release forms and/or permission are the responsibility of grant recipients.
  3. Publicity MaterialsPublications related to corresponding Social Compact Grant activities must be submitted to the Chancellor’s Office Program.
  4. Acknowledgement of SEJECGrant recipients must acknowledge the Social Compact Grant program in any publications, advertisements, promotional materials, or public statements.

INVOLVEMENT IN CAMPUS ACTIVITIES

To promote sustained campus and community involvement, all grant recipients are required to attend three activities during the grant period:

  • Kick-Off Event – Friday, August 19, 2016
  • Mid-Point Event – date to be determined
  • End of Cycle Event – date to be determined

APPLICATION EVALUATION CRITERIA

Applications will be evaluated using these broad criteria.

  • Projected or demonstrable impact on poverty
  • Clearly defined outcomes for the project
  • Sustainability of the effort
  • Leverage obtained through matching and partnerships
  • Strengthening UWM/Community linkages and partnerships

 

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Contact Us


Dr. Joan Prince, Vice Chancellor
Global Inclusion & Engagement
414-229-3101
jprince@uwm.edu

Dr. Scott Emmons
Dean, Peck School of the Arts
414-229-4762
semm@uwm.edu

Dr. Robert S. Smith
Executive Director, Cultures & Communities Program
Associate Vice Chancellor, Global Inclusion & Engagement
414-229-3808
smithrs@uwm.edu

Christy Uttech
Program Officer, Office of the Chancellor
414-229-4331
webercl@uwm.edu


Please E-mail questions to: webercl@uwm.edu