December 5, 2017

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Announces FY18 Second 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-six (26) second-quarter grants totaling $1,560,000 in support of Arts Learning, Employment and Health. 

Highlights include Victory Garden Theater, which is the recipient of a two-year $60,000 grant for its Drama in the Schools theater-based residency program that works with 7th to 12th grade students in Chicago public schools. The program develops students’ knowledge of theater and ensemble skills and helps them build skills in writing, public speaking, and critical thinking through playwriting, storytelling and performance.

Heartland Human Care Services, Inc. received a two-year $130,000 grant for its Vocational English Language Training (VELT) programs that help immigrants and refugees build English speaking and writing skills while preparing for employment. The VELT program provides literacy courses, job readiness training and sector-specific vocational trainings in hospitality and food service.

Grants also include a two-year $90,000 grant to La Rabida Children’s Hospital for support of the hospital’s Chicago Child Trauma Center (CCTC). CCTC provides evidence-based, trauma-focused mental health treatment services for children up to 17 years of age who have experience traumatic stressors including sexual and physical abuse, domestic and community violence, traumatic loss, burns, and other psychological and medical trauma. La Rabida plans to service over 225 children and their families on Chicago’s south side.

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 $198 million in grants since 1983.

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