March 12, 2019

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Announces FY19 Third Quarter Grants

Contact:  Unmi Song                                                                                     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation is pleased to announce nineteen (19) first-quarter grants totaling $1,730,000 in support of Arts Learning, Education and Employment.

Highlights include New Teacher Center, which is the recipient of a two-year $160,000 grant for building teacher leadership capacity in Chicago Public Schools through the Teacher Mentors Program. Teacher Mentors will be trained to provide support to new CPS teachers. Research has shown that students of new teachers supported by Teacher Mentors trained by the New Teacher Center have better outcomes than students of new teachers without these supports.

Chicago Jobs Council received a two-year $110,000 grant for its city-wide workforce development advocacy and Training Program (SNAP E&T) and for the Frontline Focus Training Institute (FFTI). CJC’s advocacy effort are critical to increasing the level of state and federal funding for workforce development programs in Chicago and to ensuring high-quality programs are available to low-wage workers. Frontline Focus provides professional training to frontline staff of job training programs.

Grants also include a 65,000 grant to the Access Community Health Network for its Integrated Health Home model which tests whether partnerships across multiple health sectors can improve patient outcomes and reduce health care costs. Access will work with organizations across multiple sectors (mental health, social services and hospitals) in caring for high-risk patients and will track important clinical benchmarks. Access continues to be a leader in experimenting with shared decision models that help improve patient interactions with medical providers and patient adherence to treatment regimens.

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