September 20, 2018

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Announces FY19 First Quarter Grants

Contact:  Unmi Song                                                                                     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Telephone:  (312) 580-0310                                                                                       September 20, 2018
E-mail:  usong(at)

The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation is pleased to announce seventeen (17) first-quarter grants totaling $1,270,000 in support of Arts Learning, Education and Employment.

Highlights include Red Clay Dance Company Inc., which is the recipient of a $20,000 grant for its Dance Youth Ensemble and school residencies in Chicago Public High Schools. The program instructs students in the fundamentals of ballet and African dance and contemporary dance technique.  During the program, students learn and perform pieces from the Red Clay dance repertoire along with choreographing and performing their original works. 

Polish American Association received a $35,000 grant for support of its Adult Education and Workforce Development Program. The program provides English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Skills Education (ABE) and a Certified Nursing Assistant healthcare bridge program that helps participants advance along career pathways in healthcare.

Grants also include a two-year $240,000 grant to the University Of Chicago School Of Social Service Administration for the Network for College Success (NCS) for work with its 18 Research & Development Partner Schools. Chicago Public High School principals and school leadership teams are given training and professional development resources to provide extra supports for students who are off track, to help teachers collaborate, to engage parents and to work with teachers to improve instruction within the classrooms.

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. We are especially interested in program innovations that advance practice in the field.

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