June 3, 2016

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Announces FY16 Fourth Quarter Grants


June 1, 2016

Contact:      Unmi Song
Telephone: (312) 580-0310
E-mail:        usong(at)


The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation is pleased to announce twenty-nine (29) fourth-quarter grants totaling $1,485,000 in support of Arts Learning, Education, Health, and World Relief. 

Highlights include Chicago Opera Theater which is the recipient of a $30,000 grant for Opera for All, an opera residency program for Chicago Public School students in fourth through sixth grade. Students engage in all aspects of opera creation – from script and lyric writing, set and costume design, to choreography and performance. Throughout the year, professional composers, choreographers, and set designers are brought into the classroom to work with students. A central theme for all the residencies is decided upon each year by COT and its partner schools.

New Leaders received a two-year $240,000 grant for support of the Aspiring Principals and Emerging Leaders Program. This program recruits and trains promising and experienced educators to become great school leaders for Chicago Public Schools.  Participant principals are able to create and lead high performing teams of teachers, support rigorous instruction and student achievement, and create supportive and vibrant school communities. 

Grants also include a two-year $200,000 grant to The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago to support a Care Coordination Collaboration with Sinai Holy Cross Hospital. Catholic Charities and Sinai Holy Cross will develop and implement strategies to coordinate services for patients during and after hospital discharge. The project aims to improve health outcomes and reduce costs by preventing unnecessary hospital admissions through highly integrated care between Catholic Charities (a social service provider) and Sinai Holy Cross Hospital (a health care provider). Catholic Charities anticipates screening 1,200 patients at Sinai Holy Cross and of those, expects approximately 600 patients will receive highly coordinated care.

The Fry Foundation awards grants in four major areas: Arts Learning, Education, Employment and Health. Across all of our funding areas, our 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 $186 million in grants since 1983.