August 11, 2015

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Announces FY16 First-Quarter Grant Awards

The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation has announced first-quarter grants totaling $1,235,500 in support of arts learning, education, and employment programs in the City of Chicago.

The Fry Foundation is pleased to announce that TimeLine Theatre Company is the recipient of a two-year $50,000 grant for the Living History Program in Chicago Public Schools. Living History is an arts integration residency designed to teach theater skills and provide students new ways and perspectives for understanding history and its relationship to contemporary issues. Students study and perform scenes from a TimeLine production and engage in writing projects related to the play’s theme.

i.c. stars received a two-year $120,000 grant for the Technology, Business, and Leadership Workforce Training Program. i.c. stars provides intensive information technology (IT), business and leadership education to low-income 18 to 27 year-old Chicagoans. Students in the two-year program gain real life experience by learning to build web applications, create business plans, and manage projects for a number of local companies. Upon graduation, students are assisted with job placement and provided with ongoing support as they advance in their careers.  

The Fry Foundation also awarded a two-year $200,000 grant to University of Illinois at Chicago for the Center for Urban Education Leadership’s principal preparation program. Following research done over the last 15 years that found that failing schools can improve dramatically when led by visionary, skilled principals, the Center for Urban  Education Leadership trains principals for CPS and conducts research on how to best support the transformation of schools and improve outcomes for students. The program’s overarching goal is to create a model for principal development and preparation that can improve principal preparation locally and nationally.

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.