November 13, 2015

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Announces Second-Quarter Grant Awards

The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation has announced second-quarter grants totaling $1,075,000 in support of Arts Learning, Employment, and Health programs in the City of Chicago.

The Fry Foundation is pleased to announce that Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago is the recipient of a $25,000 grant for the Arts for Community Empowerment (ACE) and ASHE programs. ACE provides African dance and drumming instruction for students in 4th through 12th grade. ASHE is a new multi-disciplinary arts residency that offers dance, percussive music and spoken word instruction to youth in grades 6th through 8th.  Both programs provide rigorous arts training that exposes students to the art and culture of African and African American people.

The Chicago Lighthouse for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired received a $30,000 grant for their Job Training Program. The program offers office and call center training to low-income adults that are blind or visually impaired. After completing training, most participants work in a permanent call-center position with one of The Chicago Lighthouse’s contracts. Participants are provided with supportive services, follow-up, and retention support up to a year after placement.

The Fry Foundation also awarded a $35,000 grant to Primo Center for Women and Children, a social service agency located in Austin, serving homeless women and children. The grant is to support a demonstration project, the Integrated Coordination Program, to help Primo integrate its high-quality mental health services with primary medical care in collaboration with Lawndale Christian Health Center and PCC Wellness Community Center. This project will explore possibilities for new partnerships between a community-based agency and primary care health centers.

The Fry Foundation has four funding 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.