Apply now for the 23rd annual MANDIs

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

Two finalists are selected in each award category and announced prior to the event. The winner in each category is announced at an in-person event MANDI Celebration on August 11th, 2022.


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The award ceremony will be held at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino on August 11th, 2022.

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Presenting sponsor Presenting sponsor: US Bank


The application period has ended for this year. We will begin accepting applications again next spring.

Awards

  • State Farm Building Blocks Award

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

    Last year’s winner: The Commons

  • 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: Riverworks Financial Clinic

  • PNC Bank Navigator Award

    Honors an individual demonstrating leadership and collaboration for change.

    Last year’s winners: Bradley Thurman

  • Associated Bank Trailblazer Award

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

    Last year’s winner: Metcalf Park Mutual Aid Project

  • 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: The Ability Center/RampUp Bradford Beach

  • Chase Economic Development Award

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

    Last year’s winner: Milwaukee Recreation Arts Internship Program

  • 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: Milwaukee Rental Housing Resource Center

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 2021 winners included Project Return, Inc. Meeting the Needs of Formerly Incarcerated People, The Ability Center/Ramp Up Bradford Beach, and Milwaukee Recreation Arts Internship Program.

  • Project Return, Inc. Meeting the Needs of Formerly Incarcerated People

    Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award

  • The Ability Center/Ramp Up Bradford Beach

    Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award

  • Milwaukee Recreation Arts Internship Program

    Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award


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