May 28, 2018

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Announces FY18 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 twenty-for (24) fourth-quarter grants totaling $1.95 million in support of Arts Learning, Education and Health. 

Highlights include The Museum of Contemporary Art, which is the recipient of a two-year $80,000 grant for The Teacher Institute. The Teacher Institute helps teachers incorporate contemporary art concepts, history and practice into visual arts curriculum. Teachers engage students in inquiry-based learning, build curriculum around contemporary art in the museum, and develop a learning community of arts educators that share lesson plans, teaching techniques, and strategies for improving students’ art making, art literacy and art interpretation skills

Link Unlimited received a two-year $80,000 grant for its academic enrichment programs that provided African-American students with rigorous academic support to improve their access to educational opportunities and help prepare them for the challenging high school and college level curriculum. Courses in the program include math, English, study skills and Global Perspectives along with black history, culture and identity.

Grants also include a new Fry Foundation grantee, TCA Health Inc., which is the recipient of a $50,000 grant to implement Dramatic Performance Improvement (DPI) efforts that will assist in reducing high-no show rates, long cycle times (duration of a clinic visit) by improving its operations. These efforts aim to help TCA build a strong foundation for its medical-home models of care. TCA provides comprehensive primary care services, including mental health, dental, and optometry 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 $204 million in grants since 1983.

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