August 18, 2014

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Announces FY15 First-Quarter Grant Awards

The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation has announced first-quarter grants totaling $1,587,000 in support of arts learning, education, and employment programs in the City of Chicago.

The Fry Foundation is pleased to announce that Hubbard Street Dance Company (HSDC) is the recipient of a two-year $100,000 grant for its Movement as Partnership (MAP) program. This teacher professional development program works with teachers and students at Chicago Public Schools to integrate dance into school curriculum and encourage communication through the arts.

Christopher House is the recipient of a $30,000 grant in support of the Chicago Benchmark Collaborative. By collecting and analyzing data from participating employment agencies, Christopher House can then produce a report that outlines best practices and highlights advancements in the field. This allows organizations to make concrete improvements to enhance the quality of their services.   

The Fry Foundation also awarded a two-year $150,000 grant to Strategic Learning Initiatives (SLI) for its Focused Instruction Process (FIP). SLI helps existing faculty, staff, and the school community develop and implement an action plan for improvement . Shared leadership, teacher training, and parent engagement are the cornerstones of the FIP model. This grant from the Fry Foundation funds SLI's work with school leaders and teachers at Harper High School in the West Englewood neighborhood.

The Fry Foundation has four funding areas: Arts Learning, Education, Employment and Health. Across all of our funding areas, the Fry Foundation’s focus is on helping organizations: build capacity to enhance the quality of services and better assess the impact of programs; develop successful program innovations that other organizations in the field can learn from or adopt; and share knowledge so that information which can help low-income communities and individuals is widely and readily available.

Education, prosperity, and hope for all is the vision behind the Fry Foundation's grantmaking. The Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that have the strength and commitment to improve conditions for low-income, underserved Chicago residents. The Foundation has awarded more than $150 million in grants since 1983.