2017 Grant Awards




  • Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc: $25,000 to support the Chancery Advice Desk to assist low income pro se home-owner litigants primarily in foreclosure cases.

  • Northwest Side Housing Center: $35,000 for the Home Preservation Project. 


  • Allow Good: $15,000 to support the expansion of its in-school programs throughout Chicago. 

  • Arab American Action Network (AAAN): $25,000 to support the on-going efforts to strengthen the Arab immigrant and Arab American community in Chicago.  

  • Coalition to Save our Mental Health Centers: $15,000 to organize and engage residents to create two Expanded Mental Health Services Programs.

  • Friends of the Parks: $10,000 for the Parks as Democracy program.

  • Garfield Park Community Council: $30,000 for its Resident Leadership and Organizing Initiative.

  • Kenwood Oakland Community Organization: $15,000 in general operating support. 

  • Latino Union of Chicago: $15,000 for the expansion of the Immigrant & Worker Action Project. 

  • Logan Square Neighborhood Association: $15,000 for the Lathrop Homes Development. 

  • Lugenia Burns Hope Center: $15,000 for senior citizen self-advocacy.

  • ONE Northside: $20,000 for the Homeless Leadership Development Project.

  • United African Organization: $20,000 for the African Immigrant and Refugee Empowerment Project. 

  • Young Invincibles: $15,000 for its Chicago Student Impact Project. 



  • 3Arts, Inc: $15,000 to support the growth and development of its Sponsorship Program. 

  • Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development: $50,000 in general operating support. 

  • Khecari: $15,000 for its Donor Relations Cultivation project. 

  • Pegasus Theater Chicago: $15,000 for its Digital Marketing Campaign. 

  • National Veterans Art Museum: $25,000 to support Creative Community programs and events.

  • Rivendell Theatre Ensemble: $13,500 for a database audit and to learn how to maximize its effectiveness. 


  • Apna Ghar, Inc: $20,000 for its art-based therapeutic programming for children. 

  • Chicago Children's Advocacy Center: $20,000 for the Expressive Art Program. 

  • Chicago Sinfonietta: $10,000 to support the organization's Community Residency Program that seeks to provide arts programming in underserved neighborhoods. 

  • Free Write: $40,000 to support arts and literacy workshops. 

  • Gilloury Institute dba Silk Road Rising: $15,000 to develop a new website. 

  • Hamdard Center for Health and Human Services: $35,000 for the Creatively Empowered Women Design Studio.

  • International Children's Media Center: $15,000 for an immersive arts residency for at-risk youth.

  • Sarah's Circle: $20,000 to support the Art Therapy program. 

  • Storycatchers Theatre: $40,000 (over two years) for general operating support. 


  • Changing Worlds: $20,000 for its Arts, Cultural, and Literacy (ACL) in-school program. 

  • Chicago Debate Commission: $45,000 in general operating support. 

  • Family Matters Chicago: $20,000 for its Family Connections program for children and families facing common barriers to academic achievement. 

  • High Jump: $15,000 for Increasing Access to STEM Education program.

  • Math Circles of Chicago: $20,000 in general operating support. 

  • Pilot Light: $15,000 to expand its Food for Thought Hands-On Food Education program.

  • Plant Chicago, NFP: $21,032 for its Closed Loop in the Classroom: Expanding STEM program.

  • Project Exploration: $50,000 in general operating support. 

  • Project: VISION, Inc: $10,000 for the HAPPY project. 

  • Reading in Motion: $15,000 for the Benchmarks improvement program for students K-1 that incorporates music and drama. 

  • Schools That Can: $20,000 to provide the i2 STEM summer camp program. 

  • SitStayRead: $35,000 in general operating support. 

  • Target HOPE: $20,000 for its STEM Initiative for high school students on the south side.



  • Barr-Harris Children's Grief Center, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis: $15,000 to provide therapeutic services to children who have suffered the loss of a loved one and to educate the community about violence and loss.

  • Better Boys Family Services: $25,000 to support the Empowering Heroes mentoring program for at-risk youth. 

  • Circles & Ciphers: $20,000 in general operating support. 

  • Claretian Associates: $10,000 for its Second Chance Youth program. 

  • Family Rescue: $30,000 to support the Children's Services program to provide therapeutic assistance to children impacted by trauma and/or domestic violence

  • First Defense Legal Aid: $15,000 to  help youth advocate for fair treatment from and improved relationships with police. 

  • Holy Family Ministries: $20,000 for The Peace Exchange program which builds youth leadership from within the community to establish and promote alternatives to violence. 

  • Rape Victim Advocates: $20,000 for its Adolescent Program that supports adolescent survivors of sexual violence. 

  • Restoring the Path (dba Crushers Club): $15,000 for its youth boxing program. 


  • Girls in the Game: $20,000 (over two years) to support the after school program that allows youth to learn about health and participate in fitness activities 

  • Health and Medicine Policy Research Group: $15,000 for its Court-Involved Youth Project. 

  • Housing Opportunities for Women: $30,000 for its Child and Youth Services healthcare program.

  • Howard Area Community Center: $10,000 for operating costs for its dental clinic. 

  • LaRabida Children's Hospital: $15,000 in general operating support.

  • Latinos Progresando: $15,000 for the Peaceful Lives, Peaceful Community program that addresses mental health and trauma prevention. 

  • NAMI Chicago: $20,000 to support Ending The Silence, a stigma reduction and early intervention program for high school students.

  • New Moms, Inc.: $25,000 for the Family Support Program (formerly Bright Beginnings) home visiting program for pregnant and parenting homeless mothers and their children.

  • Peer Health Exchange: $35,000 (over two years) for general operating support

  • Primo Center for Women and Children: $20,000 for Trauma-Informed Mental Health Services for Youth. 

  • RefugeeOne: $20,000 for its Refugee Youth Wellness Program. 

  • Teen Living Programs: $20,000 for its Whole Health Program.

  • Tuesday's Child: $30,000 for its Behavioral Intervention Outreach Program. 


  • Chicago Community Foundation: $60,000 for its Illinois Immigration Funders Collaborative (IFC).  

  • Institute for Nonviolence Chicago: $25,000 in general operating support.