Apply now for the 22nd annual MANDIs

The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (known as the MANDIs) recognize individuals, organizations and projects that enrich central city neighborhoods.

Three finalists are selected in each award category and announced prior to the event. The winner in each category is announced at a virtual event MANDI Celebration on Thursday, August 19th, 2021.

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Award ceremony will be held virtually on August 19th, 2021

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The application period has ended for this year. We will begin accepting applications some time next year.


  • Northwestern Mutual Foundation Collaboration Award

    Recognizes a collaboration involving two or more organizations that are maximizing community impact beyond what they could achieve alone. The selection process will favor small, grassroots collaborative efforts rather than city-wide initiatives.

    Last year’s winner: Train the Trades

  • Chase Economic Development Award

    Honors outstanding programs that stimulate economic and business development on a neighborhood scale.

    Last year’s winner: RISE MKE Entrepreneurial Training Program

  • BMO Harris Bank Cornerstone Award

    Honors an organization or program with a long-standing commitment to a neighborhood and demonstrated effectiveness over time.

    Last year’s winner: Dominican Center

  • Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award

    Honors the use of public space that contributes to the overall well-being of the community.

    Last year’s winner: Kinnickinnic River Plaza

  • PNC Bank Navigator Award

    Honors an individual demonstrating leadership and collaboration for change.

    Last year’s winners: Sharon Jordan, Direct Supply, Inc.

  • Associated Bank Trailblazer Award

    Honors an innovative approach to a problem that is producing demonstrative results.

    Last year’s winner: Wisconsin’s First Ever Deaf StorySlam

  • State Farm Building Blocks Award

    Honors a real estate project that contributes significantly to the enhancement of the community.

    Last year’s winner: Sherman Phoenix

Wells Fargo People’s Choice Awards

Three winners were named for the Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award, an online social media campaign to select public picks for three winners across all award categories. The 2019 winners included Running Rebels, MATC Promise, and Washington Park Neighbors.

  • Kinnickinnic River Plaza

    Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award

  • Sherman Phoenix

    Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award

  • Neighborhood House of Milwaukee

    Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award

  • Associated Bank
  • BMO Harris
  • Brewers Community Foundation
  • Chase
  • Northwestern Mutual Foundation
  • PNC Bank
  • State Farm
  • Wells Fargo