August 3, 2021

Forward Community Investments Forward Thinking Quarterly Newsletter Summer 2021

Partner Highlight

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Welcome to Forward Thinking

Welcome to the first issue of Forward Thinking, Forward Community Investments quarterly newsletter! You’re receiving this because you’re a partner, client, community leader, neighbor, investor, or stakeholder working to make Wisconsin a more equitable place to live, work, and grow. This newsletter will be a place to showcase the amazing work happening across the state funded by FCI through our lending and grants, updates that we think might be of interest to you, opportunities for partnership, and upcoming deadlines. If you have a story to feature, an opportunity, or an important deadlinedeadline, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at and our team will follow up.
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Moving Forward – Project Updates from Around Wisconsin

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers Open Mental Health Support Center Thanks to FCI’s New Markets Tax Credit Investment

FCI staff recently had the opportunity to visit and receive a tour from our partner Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers (SSCHC). The office building was previously bland and unwelcoming, but thanks to a thoughtful redesign and rehabilitation, it has since been transformed into a welcoming space providing mental health support services in Milwaukee’s Clarke Square neighborhood.

Paying it Forward – Grant Giving Updates

Nonprofit Capacity Building Grant Fund Submission Begins October 11th
Calling all small Wisconsin Nonprofits! Could your organization use a $2,500 boost? Then this news is for you. FCI will be offering grants of $2,500 to 20 eligible nonprofit organizations to support their capacity-building activities. We are committed to providing these funds to those who need them in the most expedited way possible, so our application process is intended to take less than 15 minutes to complete. The submission period opens on Monday, October 11th with a deadline of Friday, October 22nd at midnight. Awardees will be announced during the week of October 25th. Visit our website for nonprofit qualifications and program details. Feel free to contact us at with any questions. Good Luck!

Pressing Forward – FCI Partners in the News

We partnered with Milwaukee Urban Stables through the use of our New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) investment to provide financing for the construction of a new facility to house a co-located mounted patrol and equine-assisted therapy and community engagement program. More information about this groundbreaking project can be found here.

FCI partnered with The Hmong American Women’s Association (HAWA) to provide financing to acquire a new headquarters and programming space. The building is of historical significance as it was once the home of Gustav Pabst. This acquisition was 25 years in the making and we are thrilled to be part of this project. If you are interested in learning more about this project, please visit the excellent piece in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel here and please consider supporting HAWA’s Roots Down capital campaign by visiting their website.

Looking Forward – Upcoming Events and Conferences

WHEDA Conference 2021
Cultivating an ecosystem for housing and economic opportunity – Sept. 1-2


2021 Poverty Matters Conference – Sept. 8-9


YWCA Racial Justice Summit
Reimagining Us: Unapologetic Love, Transformative Justice, and Radical Imagination – Sept. 28-30


Pushing Forward – Opportunities for Partnership

Forward Community Investments is always looking for opportunities to work with and provide financing to nonprofits and current partners who are making an impact in reducing racial and economic disparities in Wisconsin. If you are interested in learning more about our financial products please visit our Lending Products page here for further information, or if you have a project you would like to discuss please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at

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