Apply now for the 20th 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 the MANDI Ceremony on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Potawatomi Event Center 1611 W. Canal Street.

Potawatomi Event Center

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Award ceremony will be held on April 11, 2019
Potawatomi Hotel and Casino
1611 W. Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233 (Map)

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


  • New category

    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: Literacy Services of Wisconsin & WRTP/Big Step

  • Chase Economic Development Award

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

    Last year's winner: Menomonee Valley revitalization

  • 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: Artists Working in Education

  • 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: Fondy Park

  • Northern Trust Navigator Award

    Honors an individual demonstrating leadership and collaboration for change.

    Last year's winners: Dr. Mark Eppli, Professor, Center for Real Estate; Kalan Haywood, Sr., Real Estate Developer

  • Associated Bank Trailblazer Award

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

    Last year's winner: Layton Boulevard West Neighbors Block Club Menu program

  • State Farm Building Blocks Award

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

    Last year's winner: Pete's Fruit Market

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 winners included Artists Working in Education, Pete's Fruit Market, and Safe & Sound.

  • Safe & Sound

    Safe & Sound believes improvements in public safety require a combination of law enforcement, community organizing and youth development. Safe & Sound also has created an evaluation approach to measure "collective efficacy" resulting from its programs, which has become a national model.

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