2MC Foundation announces $90,000 in matching grants for local organizations in 2022

Gifts of cash or securities received by each organization during the matching period designated below will be matched 1:1 up to the original grant amount.

2022 GRANTEES

BADGER ROCK URBAN FARMS, A ROOTED PROJECT

$10,000 Grant – Matching period: 06/14/2022-12/15/2022

Rooted is committed to collaborations rooted in food, land, and learning so that people can grow and thrive in healthy, equitable, and sustainable neighborhoods.  Badger Rock Urban Farm, a Rooted project located at the Badger Rock Neighborhood Center in South Madison, is an educational farm that supports healthy food access in the surrounding neighborhoods. The farm is managed by Rooted staff and is a learning space for students attending Badger Rock Middle School (BRMS).

LITERACY NETWORK

$10,000 Grant – Matching period:06/14/2022-12/15/2022

Literacy Network was founded in 1974 and serves approximately 1,000 low-income adults each year in Dane County, Wisconsin.  Literacy Network helps adults achieve their goals through personalized education services and support.

The adults they support improve their skills in English language communications, reading comprehension, and use of information technology. As a result, they advance their careers, help their kids succeed in school, become U.S. citizens, understand health information, or obtain their high school diploma or other degrees.

MADISON PARKS FOUNDATION

$10,000 Grant – Matching period: 06/14/2022-12/15/2022

Madison Parks Foundation is building community and providing opportunities to the Northside neighborhoods through their collaboration with the Warner Parks Community Recreation Center’s KNOW (Kids Need Opportunities Now) program.  KNOW offers open gym activities as well as structured programs including Madison Mavericks Mentoring, Basketball Referee Certification, a Youth Evaluation Program, and Fishing.

THE MELLOWHOOD FOUNDATION

$10,000 Grant – Matching period: 04/1/2022 – 12/15/2022

The Mellowhood Foundation is a grassroots non-profit located on Madison’s west side.  The foundation’s goal is to change the quality of life in these communities by encouraging parents and children to become assets rather than liabilities.

OPERATION FRESH START

$25,000 Grant – Matching Period: 04/1/2022 – 12/15/2022

Operation Fresh Start (OFS) empowers emerging adults on a path to self-sufficiency through education, mentoring, and employment training.  OFS programs are designed for a critical time in life: the transition to adulthood. They provide a path forward for emerging adults through mentoring, education, and employment training. OFS graduates earn their high school diploma, driver’s license, certifications in the construction and conservation fields, and gain college/career readiness skills. Participants are also giving back to the community — building affordable homes for low-income families, completing conservation projects, and environmental justice work in city and county parks. After program completion, OFS staff continue to support graduates as they transition into post-secondary education and/or self-sustaining employment.

SIMPSON STREET FREE PRESS

$25,000 Grant – Matching period: 06/14/2022-12/15/2022

Simpson Street Free Press (SSFP) delivers rigorous academic instruction in out-of-school settings.  Known for its rigorous curriculum, SSFP delivers award-winning academic instruction. With a focus on writing for publication, SSFP students write about science, geography, books, history, and the arts. The organization’s mission is to spark student success and bridge achievement gaps. Students acquire practical literacy skills working in authentic newsrooms. They learn 21st-century job skills. SSFP closely monitors student progress data.