May 15, 2017

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Announces FY17 Fourth 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 it awarded twenty-six (26) fourth-quarter grants totaling $2.3 million in support of Arts Learning, Education and Health.

Highlights include the People’s Music School, which is the recipient of a $40,000 grant for the Uptown Academy and two community-based ensemble programs: the Back of the Yards Youth Orchestra and the Greater South Side Band. Across its programs, People’s goal is to build students skills in music by teaching them how to read and notate music, play instruments through intensive, ensemble-based instruction or individualized instruction, and develop performance skills.
A new Fry Foundation grantee, Leading Educators, received a $200,000 two-year grant for its Chicago Common Core Collaborative in CPS Schools. One of the goals of the Chicago Common Core Collaborative is to help a cluster of 15 CPS elementary schools strengthen teacher leadership.  Teacher leaders can help all teachers in a school work together to improve outcomes for their students.  In 2016, Leading Educators was awarded a US Department of Education Investing In Innovation grant to launch this work in Chicago. 

Grants also include a two-year $200,000 grant to Esperanza Health Centers for support of the Chicago Safety Net Learning Collaborative, which is made up of Chicago area community health centers that work together to implement and expand medical-home models of care and address common challenges. The Collaborative will focus on improving the quality of services, finding ways to integrate and finance mental health services with medical services, and building effective care teams to address medical and social services.

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 $194 million in grants since 1983.

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