Last year, the city of Milwaukee won a two-year grant to target vacant lots deemed blighted in neighborhoods that are underfunded. After focusing on the allocation of grant money, the city is now ready to distribute the bulk of it's remaining mini grants to residents.
The Love Your Block program focuses on beautifying nine specific neighborhoods where residents may want to fix up an odd lot that could serve the community better if it had a little love.
Leah Cashaw and Miles Schuller are two AmeriCorps Vista workers working with the Milwaukee's Love Your Block. They tell the ins and outs of the grant program, how to apply and give examples of the few projects completed last year that residents can consider bringing to their neighborhood: