November 18, 2014

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Announces FY15 Second Quarter Grant Awards

The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation has announced second-quarter grants totaling $1,586,000 in support of arts learning, employment, and health programs in the City of Chicago.

The Fry Foundation is pleased to announce that Puerto Rican Arts Alliance is the recipient of a two-year $50,000 grant in support of the Latin Music Project. The Latin Music Project offers sequential music instruction for beginning, intermediate, and advanced level students learning to play the Cuatro, a ten string instrument unique to Puerto Rico. Students learn chord structure and fingering techniques, music reading, music history, various styles of Latin music, theory and vocabulary, and have the opportunity to perform at PRAA’s annual  Cuatro Festival among other events.

Chinese American Service League is the recipient of a two-year $80,000 grant for its Chef Training Program. The 16-week hands-on training program offers participants over 700 hours of instruction at CASL’s commercial kitchen, where they learn the skills necessary to work in high-end kitchen environments. Upon completion of training, participants are referred to CASL’s job developer, who helps participants secure jobs in high-end kitchen environments, which tend to offer stable employment, higher wages, and benefits. This program benefits low-income immigrant job-seekers, for whom the food service industry has typically been a gateway.

The Fry Foundation also awarded a two-year $80,000 grant to Lutheran Social Services of Illinois for its Children and Adolescents Counseling Services. This programming provides crisis intervention and individual, family, and group therapy for low-income children and their families. Services, which are provided in English, Spanish and Polish, are provided in the home and include a comprehensive assessment of the crisis situation, development of stabilization plans, and short-term counseling services for up to 90 days.

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.