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Husch Blackwell Building Blocks Award

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

Husch Blackwell Building Blocks Award

Husch Blackwell Building Blocks Award

Honors a real estate project that contributes significantly to the enhancement of the community—fulfilling a significant articulated neighborhood need and demonstrating superior design quality. Project has a significant public benefit and has enhanced the community physically, financially, and/or socially. Project involved a diverse body of contractors, to include those that are community based or minded. Project reflects the use of quality design and building materials. Project takes into consideration environmental concerns, and is safe and healthy for community members. Project must be complete by the award year’s application deadline.

NOMINEE QUESTIONS:
1. Please describe the project and how it has enhanced the community physically, financially and/or socially. Include information on how the project fits into broader neighborhood or city plans.

2: Please list the key partners and investors and their roles. Please also describe the diversity and community engagement of the contracting team.

3. Please describe how the project reflects the use of quality design and building materials, taking into consideration environmental concerns, and community health and safety.

4. What sets this project apart from other worthy MANDI applicants and why should it be lifted up as a winner this year?

2023 Award Winner:

Westlawn Renaissance IV and VI

2024 Application (application window is closed)

Applicants must apply for a new program or project if they have been named as a MANDI finalist within the last five years. Nominations for projects/programs that have been named as finalists in the last five years, will not be considered. Award applications will remain open through April 23rd, 2024 at 12pm (noon). Please fill out a contact form with any questions and Dionne Grayson will be in touch.

These awards are intended to highlight low to moderate income neighborhoods within the city of Milwaukee. Primary impact area and population served must be within the City of Milwaukee limits. Completion of a MANDI application indicates affirmation and certification that all information and answers to questions herein are complete, true and correct to the best of your knowledge and belief.

2024 Application (Opens March 18th, 2024)

Applicants must apply for a new program or project if they have been named as a MANDI finalist within the lastfive years. Nominations for projects/programs that have been named as finalists in the last five years, will not be considered.

These awards are intended to highlight low to moderate income neighborhoods within the city of Milwaukee.Primary impact area and population served must be within the city of Milwaukee limits. Completion of a MANDI application indicates affirmation and certification that all information and answers toquestions herein are complete, true and correct to the best of your knowledge and belief. Please note asignature will be required at the end of the application from someone in leadership.

2024 Application (Opens March 18th, 2024)

Applicants must apply for a new program or project if they have been named as a MANDI finalist within the lastfive years. Nominations for projects/programs that have been named as finalists in the last five years, will not be considered.

These awards are intended to highlight low to moderate income neighborhoods within the city of Milwaukee.Primary impact area and population served must be within the city of Milwaukee limits. Completion of a MANDI application indicates affirmation and certification that all information and answers toquestions herein are complete, true and correct to the best of your knowledge and belief. Please note asignature will be required at the end of the application from someone in leadership.

Question 1: Please describe the project and how it has enhanced the community physically, financially and/or socially. Include information on how the project fits into broader neighborhood or city plans.

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Question 1: Please describe the project and how it has enhanced the community physically, financially and/or socially. Include information on how the project fits into broader neighborhood or city plans.


Question 2: Please list the key partners and investors and their roles. Please also describe the diversity and community engagement of the contracting team.



Question 3: Please describe how the project reflects the use of quality design and building materials, taking into consideration environmental concerns, and community health and safety.


Question 4: What sets this project apart from other worthy MANDI applicants and why should it be lifted up as a winner this year?

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FAQ

  • What are the MANDIs?
    The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI) pay tribute to the people and organizations working tirelessly to make the city of Milwaukee a great place to live, learn, work and grow. The MANDIs were introduced by LISC Milwaukee in 1999 to acknowledge and promote the accomplishments of the community development industry in the city of Milwaukee. The MANDI ceremony highlights a variety of community work with video profiles of each MANDI finalist. Two (2) finalists* are selected in each award category and announced prior to the event. The winner in each category will be announced live at the MANDI's on August 15th, 2024. Take a look at our 2023 MANDI Awards Below!
  • Who or what is eligible?
    All individuals, organizations, and projects seeking nomination must be located or operate a program or project in the city of Milwaukee and the beneficiaries of the project/program/person must be low to moderate income neighborhoods within the city of Milwaukee (see individual award criteria). Former MANDI finalists or nominees are eligible to apply; however, they must showcase a new or different aspect of their work in the nomination. Nominations will be accepted through 12:00 p.m. on April 23rd, 2024. All nominations must be received via the nomination website by 12:00 p.m., April 23rd, 2024. Nominations that are hand-delivered, mailed or emailed will not be accepted
  • Who can nominate?
    Individuals, nonprofits, corporations, and projects can be nominated by a third party or self-nominate. Nominators are strongly encouraged to work with the nominee or self-nominate to ensure that the application is the best representation of current and past work.
  • How are the finalists selected?
    The finalist selection is a two-part process: 1. All nominations are reviewed by an independent MANDI Review Committee based on the criteria. The MANDI Review Committee is a volunteer committee comprised of representatives from community development that include: financial institutions, foundations, real estate development, for-profit organizations, education facilities, the arts, media outlets and County and City government. Nominations that receive a score higher than the threshold determined by the MANDI Review Committee will move on to the Finalist Selection round. 2. Nominations that pass the Nomination Review round are reviewed by an independent MANDI Jury based on the criteria. The MANDI Jury is a second volunteer committee comprised of representatives from community development. Two (2) finalists* in each award category will be selected by the MANDI Jury in each category. In May 2024, finalists will be contacted to schedule a virtual site visit by the MANDI Jury during the week of June 24th, 2024. Take a look at last year's finalist announcement below
  • How are the finalists and winners selected?
    One winner among the finalists in each category will be selected by the MANDI Jury after all site visits are completed. Winners will be announced at the MANDI ceremony on Thursday, August 15th, 2024 at The Baird Center.
  • How are the finalists and winners promoted?
    Each finalist is highlighted in a two-minute video aired during the awards ceremony. These video profiles are posted on YouTube and www.lisc.org/milwaukee after the event, and given to finalists for their own usage. Local media typically cover the event and publish the names of finalists and winners. *Important information regarding finalist selection: All finalists are required to participate in an in-person interview and site visit the week of June 24th, 2024 and provide material that will be used to produce the two minute video. MANDI Selection Staff will send preparation materials, scheduling options, etc. about site visits in advance of visits.
  • What do finalists receive?
    Each finalist receives a professionally produced two-minute video highlighting their work, and a personalized award plaque.
  • What do winners receive?
    In addition to the benefits received by all finalists, winners receive a $1,000 contribution to keep or donate as they wish. Winners will also be asked to make 1 minute of remarks at event after their award is announced.
  • Nomination & Finalist Questions?
    Please email dionne@buildingyourdreamsllc.com
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