February 9, 2016

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Announces FY16 Third-Quarter Grant Awards


The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation is pleased to announce twenty-five (25) third-quarter grants totaling $1,910,000 in support of Education, Employment, and Health. 

Highlights include Chicago Youth Programs (CYP), which is the recipient of a two-year, $80,000 grant for the Teen Career Program and Middle School Programming Development Initiative.  Youth participating in this program receive academic tutoring in either literacy or math. Through all programs, CYP reaches over 900 low-income students in pre-school through college; 325 of them receive one-on-one long-term support. Tutors are medical, law, and graduate students and professionals. They are provided with extensive training that covers academic remediation, youth development, and working with diverse populations.

Greater West Town Community Development Project received a two-year, $120,000 grant for workforce development and education services to low-income residents on the west side of Chicago. The grant is to support its Occupational Skills Training Programs including its Wood Products and Solid Surface Manufacturing program and the Shipping and Receiving program. 

Grants also include a two-year $200,000 grant to Access Community Health, one of the nation’s largest Federally Qualified Health Center networks. The grant is to help Access Community Health establish a Shared Decision Making (SDM) initiative. The initiative will test whether sharing information about treatment options with patients and making decisions jointly between medical providers and patients will improve patient experience and health outcomes.

Grants are awarded in four major areas: Arts Learning, Education, Employment and Health. Across all of our funding areas, the Fry Foundation’s 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 $186 million in grants since 1983.