Bayview rendering (copy)

The largest grant in the latest round of Evjue Foundation funding is $50,000 to support the reconstruction of the Bayview community center off of West Washington Avenue. It's part of a larger reconstruction project for the entire affordable housing complex, a rendering of which is shown above.

The directors of The Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of The Capital Times, have approved a new round of grants to 54 area nonprofits and 34 projects at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, together totaling $839,000.

Included in this, the second round of grants this year, are $50,000 toward the ambitious rebuilding of the Bayview affordable housing neighborhood in the city's downtown Triangle area. Grants to the university's projects, ranging from help with its diversity programs to support of public health initiatives, total $215,000

Earlier this year, the Foundation approved $1,135,697 in grants, so this year's total giving is $1,974,697.

The new grants announced this week return the foundation to its tradition of aiding Dane County nonprofits. Last year, a bulk of the funds went toward COVID relief and additional funding for racial justice projects.

The Evjue Foundation Board has 15 members. Seven represent The Capital Times Co.: Jim Lussier, Laura Lussier Lee, Dawn Lussier, Nancy Gage, Clayton Frink, Dave Zweifel and Paul Fanlund. Four directors represent the UW Foundation: Anne Lucke, Marion Brown, Brenda Gonzalez and Eric Salisbury. The final four represent the Madison Community Foundation: Bob Sorge, Jim Bradley, Tom Linfield and Therese Gulbransen. Pam Wells is the foundation’s executive director.

The foundation’s grants are made possible by the will of the late William T. Evjue, the founder of The Capital Times, who directed that proceeds from his controlling stock in the newspaper go to the Evjue Charitable Trust. The will requires that the trust, in turn, direct proceeds to the foundation to be distributed to worthy causes and organizations throughout the community.

It was Mr. Evjue's way of paying back the communities that supported the newspaper he founded through the years.

In the years since Mr. Evjue’s death in 1970, the foundation has provided more than $70 million to hundreds of charitable, cultural and educational organizations in the Dane County area.

Following is the list of the most recent grants:

University grants

Division of Continuing Studies — $10,000 for the Badger Ready program aimed at providing a pathway for underrepresented adult students; $4,000 to support a Badger pre-college summer scholars program; $4,000 in support of the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth; and $4,000 for the summer music clinic that attracts 600-800 high school students annually.

Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement — $12,500 as the final grant to endow a scholarship program for underrepresented students; $9,000 to help support the Mercile J. Lee Scholars Program.

School of Education, Office of Child Care and Family Resources — $5,000 to support professional renewal for infant, toddler and preschool teachers; $6,000 for the Performing Ourselves community dance program.

Division of Extension, Dane County — $4,000 toward nonprofit capacity building by providing research and education to nonprofit leaders; $3,000 toward the county's 4-H science constellation.

School of Human Ecology — $3,000 to the center for community and nonprofit studies; $8,000 to help with health deficiencies resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Law School — $4,000 toward the Legal Links program, which brings together law students and community health workers; $10,000 for the Wisconsin Innocence Project's work to exonerate wrongfully convicted people.

Letters and Science — $4,000 to the Biocore Outreach Ambassadors program to bring the Wisconsin Idea to state communities; $21,000 for the Center for Humanities' work with identifying urgent community needs; $8,000 toward the annual Journalism Ethics Conference; $2,000 to the La Follette School of Public Affairs; $5,000 to the Center for Limnology for its research of algae blooms; $1,500 to the Mead Witter School of Music for middle and high school outreach; $6,000 toward the Success Works project's summer internship program; $2,000 to the Department of Theatre and Drama to promote self-expression for the transgender community.

UW Libraries — $8,000 to aid in the digitization of the Daily Cardinal.

School of Medicine and Public Health — $2,000 toward Lily's Fund for epilepsy research; $4,000 toward the infant, early childhood and family mental health program.

Morgridge Center for Public Service — $15,000 toward Badger Volunteers that provide community service to area nonprofits.

School of Nursing — $3,000 toward the Wisconsin LGBTQ health summit .

School of Pharmacy — $3,000 for a program to identify and document inequities in drug laws.

Division of Student Affairs — $2,000 toward University Health Services to build a program for training students on dealing with alcohol abuse; $9,000 to the Wisconsin Union Theater's Black Arts Matter Festival.

UW Press — $10,000 toward the Evjue Internships in Publishing, supporting students in writing, editing, marketing and other skills.

Office of the Vice Chancellor — $8,000 to increase outreach and access to Waisman Center information for Spanish-speaking families.

Wisconsin Public Radio — $5,000 in general support.

Wisconsin Public TV — $10,000 in general support of the station's Friends program.

Community grants

100 Black Men of Madison — $15,000 in support of the organization's future scholars program.

AfricaSong Communications — $8,000 in support of its annual Martin Luther King Jr. observance.

Agrace Hospice Care — $15,000 in general support of its end-of-life services.

American Players Theatre — $15,000 to support its Words Between Us workshop centering on improving diversity.

Bayview Foundation — $50,000 toward the rebuilding of the affordable housing complex's community center.

Braille Library and Transcribing Services — $3,500 to help produce brailled books.

Briarpatch Youth Services — $10,000 in support of its runaway and homeless youth program.

Centro Hispano of Dane County — $25,000 in support of the nonprofit's youth programs.

Children's Service Society of Wisconsin — $10,000 to help support after school and no-school-day care.

Dane Arts — $50,000 in support of its work with arts programs for young people throughout Dane County.

Dane Buy Local Foundation — $7,500 to support the organization's efforts in promoting local businesses.

Families and Schools Together — $15,000 to help FAST expand its programs to up to five more schools.

Fermat's Last Theater Co. — $1,000 to help support its Black writers and artists program.

Festival Choir Inc. — $1,000 in operation support.

Forward Theater Co. — $15,000 to assist in the re-opening of its productions following the pandemic.

FOSTER of Dane County — $5,000 toward its programs offering health and lifestyle experiences for marginalized families.

Goodman Community Center — $15,000 toward its early childhood education program.

Groundswell Conservancy — $5,000 to help provide gardening access for Hmong elders.

League of Women Voters of Dane County — $5,000 for its candidates and answers publication.

Madison Area Children's Dyslexia Center — $6,500 in general support of the center's operations.

Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens — $7,500 to help repair the barns that house its gardens.

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art — $5,000 in general support.

Madison Parks Foundation — $10,000 to help support programming at Warner Park Community Recreation Center.

Madison Public Library Foundation — $10,000 toward its Bubbler and Parents as First Teachers programs.

Maydm — $15,000 toward its efforts to combat systemic racism in school STEM programs.

Northwest Dane Senior Services — $2,500 toward Alzheimer's and dementia care.

OccuPaws Guide Dog Association — $5,000 toward the training of a guide dog.

Olbrich Botanical Society — $5,000 to help support Olbrich Gardens' outreach program.

Omega School — $25,000 toward its campaign to update the school.

Opera for the Young — $1,000 to help support its outreach to young people.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin — $25,000 in funding for its reproductive health education for young people.

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin — $2,500 to support vision screening training for pre-health students.

REAP Food Group — $10,000 for its health meal programs at schools.

Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin — $20,000 to help support its school pantry efforts.

Solace Friends — $20,000 in startup funds for community-supported hospice home care.

Sustain Dane — $15,000 toward a program to make small and medium apartment housing more efficient.

The Badger Project — $5,000 to support investigative journalism in rural Dane County communities.

The Capital Times Kids Fund — $8,000 in support of the fund's 2021 fundraising campaign.

The Daily Cardinal Media Corp. — $5,000 to help support the student newspaper's investigative work.

The Progressive — $15,000 in general support of the magazine founded by Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette.

The Red Caboose Child Care Center — $5,000 in general operational support.

The River Food Pantry — $5,000 in general support.

United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Dane County — $5,000 in general support.

United Way of Dane County — $40,000 in general support of its 2021 campaign.

Urban Tree Alliance — $5,000 toward its program in cooperation with Madison schools to replace diseased trees.

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism — $10,000 in general support of its operations.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign — $10,000 toward its work compiling campaign finance information.

Wisconsin Green Fire — $5,000 toward its program advancing accurate environmental information.

Wisconsin Historical Foundation — $15,000 in support of its Wisconsin History magazine.

Wisconsin Literacy — $5,000 toward "let's talk about coping" curriculum for Black and Latinx youth in Dane County.

Wisconsin Women's Network — $3,000 to help fund its 10th annual policy institute.

Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras — $2,000 to help support its new instruments plan.

WWBIC — $10,000 to help expand its Kiva City Madison and Edgewood College internship programs.

YWCA Madison — $15,000 in funding for its Empower Home initiative.