September 11, 2017

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Announces FY18 First 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-three (23) first-quarter grants totaling $1,770,000 in support of Arts Learning, Education and Employment.

Highlights include National Museum of Mexican Art, whichis the recipient of a two-year $70,000 grant for its arts-integrated teacher professional development program, Nuestra Historias: Teaching the Story of America Through Art. During the program, teachers work with museum educators to integrate Mexican-American art, history, and culture into their classrooms instruction.

Association House received a $30,000 grant for the the BankWork$ Financial Careers Training Program. The program prepares students for banking positions and helps them develop financial industry knowledge and customer service skills to work in corporate financial environments.

Grants also include a two-year $300,000 grant to the UIC College of Education Center for Urban Education Leadership. UIC is helping to improve the effectiveness of principal training and the supports principals need to be effective school leaders through its school leadership database system. The goal is to create a model for principal development and preparation that is based on findings from research and that can improve the principal candidate selection process; improve the training experiences during each stage of principal development; improve coaching for new principals; and assess the impact of principal preparation on school improvement and student achievement.

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 $197 million in grants since 1983.

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