Better Building Grants

AWIF awarded its 2023 Better Building Grants to four nonprofit organizations to support capital campaign projects. Two of these community grants focus on major facility renovations, and two provide maintenance funding to past Better Building Grants recipients to keep their facilities in good working order. These renovation grants also included product donations from AWI.

Better Building Grant Empowers Future Innovators

To shape lasting community change in the built environment, we’re fostering the growth of its future leaders. Recently, we granted $55,000 to Mobile Makers, a nonprofit dedicated to making design education accessible to all.

The grant and product from Armstrong helped to renovate a warehouse space (donated by the Chicago Bulls) where Mobile Makers can host children and the community and create additional learning opportunities. By supporting transformative nonprofits like Mobile Makers, we’re investing in the next generation of innovators— those who will carry our work forward to inspire a more sustainable future.

“Because of Armstrong, our build-out is fully funded! We’re so incredibly excited to be one step closer to constructing our dream space.”

Renovation Grants

Spanish American Civic Association, Tec Centro

$100,000 to the Spanish American Civic Association (SACA) to assist with renovations of the Tec Centro Southwest facility, which will host SACA’s second workforce development facility in Lancaster City Pennsylvania. The renovation will increase training capabilities.

LancasterHistory, Thaddeus Stevens & Lydia Hamilton Center for History and Democracy

$100,000 toward LancasterHistory’s Thaddeus Stevens & Lydia Hamilton Center for History and Democracy, rehabilitating Congressman Thaddeus Stevens’ home and law office, preserving a critical piece of Lancaster’s history and providing invaluable information to present and future generations.

Plant Grants

In addition to funding grants, AWIF also donates to our various production sites to support the organizations making a difference in their local communities.

Together We Grow Community Gardens
$5,000 Newark, Ohio

$5,000 Pensacola, Florida

Community Foundation of Jackson County
$10,000 Millwood, West Virginia

Mid-Ohio Food Collective
$10,000 Hilliard, Ohio and Johnstown, Ohio