Apply now for the 21st 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 2, 2020 at Potawatomi Event Center 1611 W. Canal Street.

Potawatomi Event Center

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Award ceremony will be held on April 2, 2020
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.


  • 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: Reclaiming Our Neighborhoods (RON)

  • Chase Economic Development Award

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

    Last year's winner: Blue Skies Landscaping, a program of Walnut Way Conservation Corp

  • 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: Running Rebels Community Organization

  • 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: Multi-Sport Complex at Browning Elementary and Silver Spring Neighborhood Center

  • Navigator Award

    Honors an individual demonstrating leadership and collaboration for change.

    Last year's winners: Susan Lloyd

  • Associated Bank Trailblazer Award

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

    Last year's winner: MATC Promise

  • State Farm Building Blocks Award

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

    Last year's winner: Welford Sanders Historic Lofts and Enterprise 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 winners included Running Rebels, MATC Promise, and Washington Park Neighbors.

  • Running Rebels

    Wells Fargo People's Choice Award

  • MATC Promise

    Wells Fargo People's Choice Award

  • Washington Park Neighbors

    Wells Fargo People's Choice Award

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