Zilber Neighborhood Initiative Grant

From Zilber Family Foundation

We are dedicated to enhancing the wellbeing of individuals, families, and neighborhoods by investing in nonprofit organizations to address basic needs and help ensure personal safety; increase access to social and economic opportunity; and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods.

Grant uses


ZNI grants support quality, affordable housing and community economic development in the Clarke Square, Layton Boulevard West, and Lindsay Heights neighborhoods in Milwaukee. Grants target quality, affordable housing and community economic development projects and programs where there is alignment with resident and community priorities, capacity to drive measurable change, and opportunity to scale solutions.


Goal: To improve access to quality, affordable, and stable housing for individuals and families in ZNI neighborhoods.

Housing provides a foundation for health and wellbeing. Safe, affordable housing leads to improvements in individual and neighborhood stability and prosperity. When families have stable housing, their children perform better in school; seniors age in place and remain connected to their communities; and mental health improves across all ages. Stable housing is a building block from which individuals and neighborhoods grow and prosper. Under our Housing program area, we support organizations focused on:

  • Providing access to secure homeownership
  • Improving property conditions
  • Preserving affordable rental housing

Community Economic Development

Goal: To increase economic growth in ZNI neighborhoods and the income and net worth of residents.

Communities that are safe, economically diverse places to live and work have a mix of local businesses, vibrant commercial corridors, and strong networks to connect residents to jobs and financial resources. Coordinated efforts to restore economic wellbeing and quality of life lead to improved financial stability, social well-being, and improved quality and value of neighborhood assets. Under our Community Economic Development program area, we support organizations and programs focused on:

  • Improving commercial corridors
  • Supporting small business development
  • Expanding financial education and skill building


Organization's Location
Program Location
WI (Lindsay Heights, Clarke Square, and Layton Boulevard West neighborhoods)
Organization Type
not specified


Step 1: Letter of Inquiry
Application deadline
Step 2: Full proposal (invite only)
Required Attachments
Letter of Inquiry (LOI)
Contact info
Lianna Bishop
(414) 274-2447