October 3, 2016

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Announces FY17 First Quarter Grants

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

The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation is pleased to announce twenty-two (22) first-quarter grants totaling $1,722,500 in support of Arts Learning, Education and Employment.

Highlights include Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, which is the recipient of a two-year $80,000 grant for the Jazz Alive music education program in Chicago Public Schools. Jazz Alive provides CPS students with multi-tiered, sequential instrumental music instruction that prepares them for high school band programs. Students focus on music theory, vocabulary, and history through in-school musical presentations, and learn about notation, rhythm, and the elements of improvisation.

Polish American Association received a two-year $70,000 grant for the Adult Education and Workforce Development Program. Polish American Association’s Adult Education and Workforce Development Program serves more than 1,200 students annually providing English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes, and a healthcare bridge program.

Grants also include a two-year $200,000 grant to the University of Chicago School Of Social Service Administration for the Network for College Success (NCS). NCS is helping to improve educational outcomes for CPS students by helping high school principals connect lessons from research to actual improvements within the high schools. Principals, school leadership teams, and instructional leaders are given training and support to design interventions that provide supports for students who require extra support to stay on track to complete high school.

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.

Further information about the Fry Foundation and a full listing of grants is available online at