June 24, 2015

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Announces Fourth-Quarter Grant Awards

The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation has announced fourth-quarter grants totaling $1,797,000 in support of arts learning, education, and health programs in the City of Chicago.

The Fry Foundation is pleased to announce that Black Ensemble Theater is the recipient of a $30,000 grant in support of its Strengthening the School through Theater Arts program. This yearlong residency program immerses middle and high school students in weekly theater instruction and aims to increase cognitive skills and knowledge of theater and to improve student behavior. Activities engage students in the behaviors required of successful performing artists and successful students.  

Link Unlimited received a two-year $60,000 grant for the Academic Enrichment and College Readiness programs. Link Unlimited aims to increase the number of low-income talented African-American students who are academically prepared for and graduate from selective colleges and have solid career opportunities. Link students have access to tutoring throughout the school year, and are provided with summer enrichment that is designed to help students build the content knowledge necessary to compete in their rigorous high school environments and progress in college-track courses.

The Fry Foundation also awarded a two-year $200,000 grant to Esperanza Health Centers for its Chicago Safety Net Learning Collaborative. This program allows for sixteen community health centers to share best practices and operational strategies that are crucial for implementing medical-home models of care. Members from participating organizations attend a total of six learning sessions where each group is given a chance to present on current practices, operational techniques, and ways to address particular challenges. After each session, organizations will identify three strategies to implement at their clinics.

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.