November 23, 2016

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Announces FY17 Second 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 (20) second-quarter grants totaling $1,062,000 in support of Arts Learning, Employment and Health.

Highlights include a new Fry Foundation grantee, Forward Momentum, which is the recipient of a $30,000 grant for its in-school and out-of-school dance program which works with kindergarten through high school CPS students. In the program, students learn about how to execute the core steps of a specific dance form, including ballet, West African dance, contemporary dance, and Latin dance. Forward Momentum also teaches students about the dance’s history and the music that accompanies the dance.

The Chinese American Service League received a $47,000 grant for its Chef Training Program, a 16 week, 700-hour training program that includes both classroom and hands-on instruction in culinary arts skills such as proper food handling and kitchen sanitation, how to prepare a variety of foods, cooking techniques, how to operate commercial kitchen equipment, and knife skills. The program has all of the elements of a strong vocational training program that equips it students with the skills needed to secure higher paying jobs within the food industry.

Grants also include a $40,000 grant to La Rabida Children’s Hospital for its Child Trauma Center which provides evidence-based, trauma-focused services to low-income and minority children and youth and their families on Chicago’s South Side, where the risk of exposure to traumatic stressors is high and resources for high-quality mental health resources are scarce. La Rabida’s Child Trauma Center’s staff has in-depth training and experience in working with children and youth who suffer from complex and multiple traumas.

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