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Forward Janesville Ambassador Grant Program

The Forward Janesville Ambassadors launched a Grant Program in 2015 to support and advance the educational, cultural and economic interests of the community in which we work and live. To date, the Grant Program has awarded over $19,000 to local member non-profits.



: Spring/Summer 2021 Concert Series

Downtown Janesville, Inc
:  Planting Hope


Box of Balloons:  Emergency Birthday Box Closet

ECHO, Inc.
: Transportation Assistance


HealthNet of Rock County:  Diabetes Program

Mercyhealth Development Foundation: Keys to Good Tenancy
GIFTS Men's Shelter: Verbal Judo
Community Action Inc.: Community Kids Learning Center
Blackhawk Technical College:  Coins for Caring
YWCA Rock County: Alternatives to Violence Program

ECHO, Inc: Suds for Hope program
KANDU Industries, Inc.: Inclusion Solutions for Communications program
Paddy's Paws: Transportation Van
Rock County Historical Society: Francis Willard School House preservation

Project 16:49:  Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Program
YWCA of Rock County: Bunk Beds for their facility
HealthNet of Rock County: Oral Health and Dentures Program

Community Action of Rock & Walworth Counties:  Fatherhood Initiatives program

GIFTS Men's Shelter


Completed applications can be emailed to jennyt@forwardjanesville or hard copies sent to:

Forward Janesville
14 South Jackson Street - Suite 200
Janesville, WI  53548
To complete the 2021 Grant Application click here.  Questions? Contact the FJI office at 608-757-3160 and ask for Jenny Tschudy.

AMENDED Applications for the 2021 Grant Program are now open and will close on Friday, November 18th.

Individuals or businesses wishing to make additional donations to support this program can do so at anytime.  Click on the QR button below.  Thank you!




“When families arrive at the House of Mercy Homeless Center they bring with multiple barriers which make them undesirable to future landlords. They arrive with a poor rental history (i.e., prior evictions, rent/utility arrears and bad credit). In order to secure permanent housing these issues must be addressed quickly. The first step is helping families establish the “Keys to Good Tenancy”. Though a structured educational approach they learn the steps necessary to become a good tenant. Because of the generous support of the Forward Janesville Ambassador Program 20 households received landlord/tenant education, developed budgeting skills and exited shelter into permanent housing. These families are now equipped to sustain housing for years to come”.

-Tammie King-Johnson
Manager, House of Mercy Homeless Center

“With the generous help of the Forward Janesville Ambassadors, ECHO will be able to assist 50 families with their transportation needs as they work on barriers to housing and employment stability while in our housing and homeless programs. “

Jessica Locher, Executive Director
ECHO, Inc.

"HealthNet is grateful for this grant as it allows us to expand and improve our diabetes education and case management program for our patients. 34% of our medical patients are Diabetic and expanding these efforts will allow for them to have the tools to maintain or improve their ATC levels and decrease their hbA1c levels. This helps empower our patients to live healthier and productive lives in the community."

-Danielle Wegman
Development Director | HealthNet of Rock County

"Rock County Historical Society received a meaningful gift through the Ambassador Grant program offered by Forward Janesville. This gift was applied to the continued preservation efforts of the Frances Willard School House that was moved to our property back in 2016. Over 1.200 enjoy experiencing the School House each spring and autumn. Working together with Forward Janesville to ensure that this building remain intact is very important to sharing the continued history of those who came before us".

-Timothy Maahs, Executive Director

"The grant award to Blackhawk Technical College Foundation’s Coins for Caring program provided additional monetary support for this student emergency fund which is given to our Blackhawk students who experience financial pressures and challenges including but not limited to food insecurity, transportation/gas needs, utility payment assistance, auto repairs, and childcare expenses. The Forward Janesville Ambassador Grant Program provided financial security to our BTC students who were experiencing unanticipated expenses that might otherwise have prevented them from completing their educational studies. Thank you to the donors who generously provided this safety net for our technical college students and helped them cross the graduation “finish line.”

-Lisa Hurda, BTC Foundation Director

2020 Ambassador Grant Committee:
Verna Saladino (Briggs Realty) • Terri Moldenhauer (Hagen CPA LLC) • Patricia Leak (First Weber) • Jenny Revels ( Revels Consulting) • Nancy McDonald (City of Janesville), Patricia Hernandez (School District of Janesville), Lisa Hurda (Blackhawk Technical College)