Community groups to receive more than $100,000 to help curb reckless driving

April 15, 2021

City grant money to be used for marketing campaigns, murals and community events

The City of Milwaukee will be distributing a total of $102,000 to 18 community groups to reduce reckless driving. These grants aim to reduce reckless driving behavior and decrease the number of traffic crashes by creating safer streets, fostering community involvement, and building awareness around the dangers and impacts of reckless driving.

“Reckless Driving is a deadly danger on our streets. To improve safety, it is important that we bring together as many partners as possible to reduce the problem,” Mayor Tom Barrett said. “The Milwaukee Police are stepping up their efforts, and the work of community groups will complement that.”

Awards range from $2,000 up to $5,000. This minigrant program is a result of the work completed by the City-County Carjacking and Reckless Driving Task Force. One of the recommendations from the Task Force’s Prevention and Education Subcommittee was to conduct public information campaigns related to the dangers of reckless driving

The grant dollars are being administered by the Department of Public Works (DPW). “As the City works via our Complete Streets policy to create a more inclusive environment for all people no matter how they travel around our city, reckless driving remains a barrier to this progress. We look forward to seeing the community’s creative approaches as we partner to curb this issue,” Commissioner of Public Works Jeff Polenske said.

Awards will go toward a variety of programs, events, and campaigns. The projects range from physical marketing campaigns, social media campaigns, as well as music videos, murals and community walks and events.

The projects are anticipated to be implemented in summer and fall of 2021.

Below are organizations awarded program dollars.
1. Grasslyn Manor Block Association
2. Lincoln Avenue Neighborhood Safety Group
3. Havenwoods Neighborhood Partnership
4. COA Youth & Family Centers
5. Villard Ave. BID
6. Walker’s Point Center for the Arts
7. Northwest Side CDC
8. Safe & Sound
9. Metcalfe Park Community Bridges
10. Wisconsin Community Services
11. WestCare
12. Riverworks Development Corporation
13. Historic Mitchell St BID
14. Muskego Way Forward
15. Coalition for Safe Driving
16. Running Rebels
17. CORE El Centro
18. Southside Organizing Committee