March 7, 2017

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Announces FY17 Third Quarter Grants

Contact:  Unmi Song                                                                     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Telephone:  (312) 580-0310                                                                 
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The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation is pleased to announce twenty-one (21) third-quarter grants totaling $1.9 million in support of Education, Employment and Health.

Highlights include The Chicago Public Education (The Fund), which is the recipient of a two-year $400,000 grant for the Chicago Public School Principal Quality Database and the Summer Design Program, a professional development program for principals and teams of teachers addressing specific problems within their schools. The Principal Quality Database tracks and analyzes the growth of highly effective principles across all types of Chicago public schools including district run and charter.

Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) received a $120,000 two-year grant for its Careers in Manufacturing programs in Ravenswood and for expansion of its programs into Austin. JARC’s Careers in Manufacturing programs help low-income, low-skilled adults gain skills necessary to compete for high-quality jobs in manufacturing.

Grants also include a $100,000 grant to Sinai Health System for support of the Sinai Medical Group (SMG) Transformation Initiative, a pilot project to expand coordinated care for patients across multi-disciplinary team members. The project will develop and train care teams that include physicians, nurses, medical assistants, a dietitian, pharmacists, social worker, community health workers and a case manager. It is an important effort to test how medical-home models of care can work outside community health centers.

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 $193 million in grants since 1983.

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