Bucyrus continues to leave a legacy in South Milwaukee, supporting the organizations that make our city so special and help so many people.
The Bucyrus Foundation has announced a new $25,000 grant program aimed at supporting South Milwaukee-based nonprofit organizations and institutions.
The city will administer the grants, partnering with the foundation and its board (including former CEO Tim Sullivan), as well as the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, to choose recipients. Grants will be for up to $5,000 each.
While funds can be used for general operations, applicants are encouraged to use the grant money to drive new or early-stage projects or programs. Funding can also be used toward capital projects. Recipients should improve the quality of life of residents in the city, or help attract new visitors, residents or businesses to South Milwaukee.
Applicants can apply here.
“The Bucyrus Foundation is thrilled to bring this funding to deserving South Milwaukee organizations,” said Tim Sullivan, a foundation board member and former CEO of Bucyrus. “I’m proud of the work Bucyrus and our employees did in passionately supporting community organizations. This effort reflects that commitment, and I’m personally excited to get behind it.”
Applications must be received by July 19, 2019. Funds will be disbursed in September.
The grants are a continuation of a program that Bucyrus pledged as part of its 2001 tax incremental financing agreement to remodel its downtown South Milwaukee campus. Caterpillar, which acquired Bucyrus in 2011, continued with the grants until the obligation expired in 2018, under terms of the TIF contract.
“I’m really happy Tim and the Bucyrus Foundation stepped up to continue to offer these funds,” South Milwaukee Mayor Erik Brooks said. “These will make a real difference for some deserving organizations and the people they serve. Our community will be stronger for it.”