Recent Grant-Funded Programs

Page Turners Literacy Tutoring Program

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley
Total Grant Amount: $75,000
Grant Period: 2019 and 2020

Page Turners aims to reduce the disparities in third grade reading proficiency by providing individualized reading instruction to kindergarten through third grade students who are ranked in the bottom 25-30% of reading proficiency. The program will be offered at five elementary schools and the Boys and Girls Club locations in Appleton and Menasha. The school sites include: Badger, Columbus, Foster and Highland elementary schools in Appleton and the Little Chute elementary school.

Qualitative Study of Teen Suicide-Related Behaviors

N.E.W. Mental Health Connection
Total Grant Amount: $90,000
Grant Period: 2019 and 2020

The Qualitative Study of Teen Suicide-Related Behaviors is designed to identify the reasons why our youth are attempting suicide at twice the rate of the rest of the state and the nation. The research will also include an environmental scan of social media to better understand its role in self-harm and suicide-related behaviors. The project will be led by a research team from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. Learn more >>

STAR (Scholars on Target to Achieve Results), formerly Scholars of Excellence Program

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley
Total Grant Amount: $230,000
Grant Period: 2018, 2019, and 2020

STAR is a collaboration among school districts, post-secondary institutions, and community partners to improve the academic achievement levels, graduation rates, and post-secondary enrollment rates of African-American youth. Learn more >>

Menasha Even Start Family Literacy Program

Menasha Joint School District and Fox Valley Technical College
Total Grant Amount: $172,285
Grant Period: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020

Even Start Family Literacy Program helps low-income families increase their educational attainment and potential for economic stability. Parents and children go to school together; the children receive early childhood education and the parents learn skills to become more self-sufficient. Learn more >>

Community Connections

Family Services of Northeast WI
Total Grant Amount: $270,438
Grant Period: 2018, 2019, and 2020

Community Connections is a collaboration between Family Services and Outagamie County, Department of Health and Human Services, Children, Youth and Families Division to prevent the incidence of child abuse and neglect. The rapid-response program will provide 24-weeks of voluntary, pro-active services to families at-risk for child maltreatment, but not currently involved in the child protection system.

Diversion Program

Homeless Connections
Total Grant Amount: $200,000
Grant Period: 2018 and 2019

The Diversion Program will provide case management and rapid re-housing services when individuals and families who have immediate risk of homelessness first contact the shelter, rather than putting them on a waiting list. Learn more >>

Promoting Families’ Mental Wellbeing: A Mindfulness-Based Wellness Project for Families with 3-5 Year Olds

Community Early Learning Center Fox Valley
Total Grant Amount: $92,165
Grant Period: 2018 and 2019

The Promoting Families’ Mental Wellbeing project will implement the Kindness Curriculum from the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Healthy Minds Innovations at Bridges Child Enrichment Center, Head Start, and Even Start Family Literacy. The curriculum improves children’s academic success, social skills, and resiliency, parents’ mental health and parenting practices, and teachers’ effectiveness in dealing with their own stress and developing students’ social-emotional, cognitive, and self-regulation skills. Learn more >>

Reach Out and Read

Appleton Public Library
Total Grant Amount: $335,000
Grant Period: 2016, 2017, and 2018 (Now admitted as a partner agency)

Reach Out and Read promotes early childhood literacy. During well-child visits from 6 months to 5 years of age, pediatricians give a free book to their young patients and, at the same appointment, educate caregivers on the benefits of reading to their children. Learn more >>

Thrive Career Academy

Valley Packaging Industries
Total Grant Amount: $150,000
Grant Period: 2015, 2016, and 2017 (Now admitted as a partner agency)

Thrive Career Academy helps individuals with disabilities obtain and sustain employment in the community through specially tailored classes and internships. Learn more >>

Mentoring Programs

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Total Grant Amount: $15,000
Grant Period: 2018

Big Brothers Big Sisters observed a trend of early and preventable mentoring match closures. When looking at this issue further, the staff found that many of the families are living in poverty and struggling with basic needs. Big Brothers Big Sisters hired additional staff to reduced caseloads in order to take a more engaged approach with parents and mitigate premature match closures.

Early Intervention Program Expansion to Winnebago County

Valley Packaging Industries
Total Grant Amount: $35,000
Grant Period: 2018

The Early Intervention Program uses evidence-based practices to provide support to families of children under the age of three who are demonstrating delays in their development. The program offers screening, evaluation and assessment, service coordination, resource and referral, early childhood special education and physical, and occupational and speech therapies. Grant funding allows Valley Packaging Industries to serve families in the Neenah-Menasha area.

Merger Transition Support

Homeless Connections
Total Grant Amount: $15,000
Grant Period: 2018

After two years of planning and evaluation, in April 2018 the boards of Homeless Connections, the Fox Valley Warming Shelter, and the Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities approved plans to merge all three organizations into one new agency. The merger will be effective on October 1, 2018. Grant funds will be used to support a short-term project manager to ensure the success of the merger. Learn more >>

Project Tetris

Homeless Connections
Total Grant Amount: $6,000
Grant Period: 2017–2018

Project Tetris convened four housing organizations to study how the agencies may better align their services to enhance client outcomes. The initial study concluded that the best way to improve client outcomes is to have the agencies merge into one organization. Three of the agencies (Homeless Connections, Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities, and the Fox Valley Warming Shelter) decided to pursue the merger option. Learn more >>

Advancing Early Childhood in the Fox Cities

Community Early Learning Center
Total Grant Amount: $62,500
Grant Period: 2018

The Community Early Learning Center is a multi-agency center serving more than 300 children daily to ensure that by age 5, children of the Fox Valley have the foundation to achieve their full potential. Advancing Early Childhood in the Fox Cities funding will support a full-time leadership position to promote further early childhood collaboration in the community and sustainability for the center.

Ascend Initiative

Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities
Total Grant Amount: $60,000
Grant Period: 2017 and 2018

The Ascend Initiative, in partnership with NAMI Fox Valley, provides stable housing and support services for young adults (ages 18-25) who are living with moderate mental health challenges.

Vocational Learning Center

Step Industries
Total Grant Amount: $110,000
Grant Period: 2017 and 2018

Men and women recovering from addictions can get help with writing résumés, building interview skills, and pursuing the career options available to them. A coordinator works with participants on their goals, sets up trainings, connects with resources in the community, and teaches various classes. Learn more >>

Bed Program

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Appleton
Total Grant Amount: $41,500
Grant Period: 2017, 2018–2019

The Bed Program provides new box springs and mattresses at no cost to low-income households. Having a bed provides a higher quality living environment and ensures a more positive developmental experience for children and youth in disadvantaged households. Learn more >>

Update: Since the program’s inception in December of 2016, new beds have been provided to 253 households and 489 individuals.

Rock the Block

Greater Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity
Total Grant Amount: $300,000
Grant Period: 2015, 2016, and 2017

Rock the Block, a revitalization initiative, invests in neighborhoods struggling with decreasing property values by helping homeowners and businesses complete improvement projects. Learn more >>

Fox Valley Memory Project

Lutheran Social Services of WI and Upper Michigan
Total Grant Amount: $96,500
Grant Period: 2015, 2016, and 2017 (Now admitted as a partner agency)

Programs and services through the Fox Valley Memory Project improve the quality of life for persons experiencing dementia, as well as their family care partners and friends in our community. Learn more >>

Boys and Girls Club of Menasha

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley
Total Grant Amount: $150,000
Grant Period 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017

Programming at the Boys and Girls Club of Menasha helps a growing number of low-income children and youth access safe and positive developmental opportunities in the summers and after school. The new facility will allow the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley to expand their reach to an estimated 1,000 children and youth annually.

New Start Boutique

Community Clothes Closet
Total Grant Amount: $10,000
Grant Period: 2017–2018

The New Start Boutique provides free job-attire and interview-appropriate outfits to low-income clients. Learn more >>

SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery) Case Management

Homeless Connections
Total Grant Amount: $25,000
Grant Period: 2017–2018

SOAR Case Management increases client access to federal income supports including Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and connects individuals and families to resources that can help prevent future episodes of homelessness.

“It Takes a Village” Program

Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities
Total Grant Amount: $15,000
Grant Period: 2017–2018

The “It Takes a Village” program provides long-term transitional housing and intensive, supportive services for individuals who have a history of chronic homelessness and a documented disability. Learn more >>

Wrap-around Care Coordinator

Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley
Total Grant Amount: $13,720
Grant Period: 2017

The Wrap-around Care Coordinator works with low-income clients receiving mental health services to manage needs that affect their ability to be successful in counseling, like housing, transportation, employment, and education.

CHAMP (Community, Health, Activity, Motivation, Prevention) Nutrition Program

St. Joseph Food Program
Total Grant Amount: $25,000
Grant Period: 2017

The CHAMP Nutrition Program distributes healthy meals, recipes and nutritional information to families, provides backpacks to children for weekend food assistance, and offers healthy snacks to children participating in Boys and Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley summer programs.

Appleton Job Training and Placement

World Relief Fox Valley
Total Grant Amount: $20,602
Grant Period: 2017

Appleton Job Training and Placement works with local employers to match refugees resettled in Appleton to workforce needs.

Volunteer Advocacy Program

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the Fox Cities
Total Grant Amount: $25,000
Grant Period: 2014–2015, 2017, and 2018

CASA’s Volunteer Advocacy Program recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers who regularly meet with abused and/or neglected children. The volunteers then file a written report with the court outlining observations and recommendations, attend court hearings related to the child’s case, and provide a consistent adult presence for the child.

Sex Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Program

5-Stones
Total Grant Amount: $12,000
Grant Period: 2016–2017

The Sex Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Program has produced a series of video vignettes to educate middle and high school students, educators, and parents about the dangers of child and youth sex trafficking in Wisconsin. Update: The three short films titled “Innocence Sold” premiered on August 23, 2017. Learn more >>

Sober Living Housing Program – Fox Cities

Step Industries
Total Grant Amount: $20,000
Grant Period: 2016–2017

The Sober Living Housing Program provides two safe and supportive living environment for residents (one for men and one for women) who are working, pursuing an education, or volunteering in the community for at least 40 hours per week.

2016 Fox Cities Money Conference

Asset Builders
Total Grant Amount: $2,000
Grant Period: 2016

The 2016 Fox Cities Money Conference offered education on personal financial topics to low- and moderate-income children, youth, adults, and families. The conference topics can have substantial positive “pocket-book” impact in the short-term and help participants achieve higher net worth in the long-term.

Community Early Learning Center (CELC)

Total Grant Amount: $150,000
Grant Period: 2014 (start-up funds)

The CELC is a multi-agency center serving more than 300 children daily to ensure that by age 5, children of the Fox Valley have the foundation to achieve their full potential. Learn more >>