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Joyce Foundation Approves 45 Grants


On April 21, 2015 the Joyce Foundation Board of Directors approved 45 grants spanning 7 programmatic priorities. 

Culture Program Grants

Black Ensemble Theater CorporationChicago, IL $300,000 To support the salary, benefits, recruitment and onboarding for the newly created Annual Giving Manager and the Grant Manager position.  (3 yrs)

Chicago Sinfonietta Inc.Chicago, IL $300,000 To support for creating racial equity in field of classical music and organizational systems change for longevity of organization (3 yrs)

Chicago Theatre Group Inc.Chicago, IL $300,000 In support of its efforts to develop promising, diverse individuals as artists as well as administrative and technical professionals. (3 yrs)

Court TheatreChicago, IL $240,000 Court Theatre respectfully requests support for Ron OJ Parson's artistic residency for the 2015/2016, 2016/2017, and 2017/2018 seasons. (3 yrs)

Hyde Park Art CenterChicago, IL $225,000 to develop a pipeline for artists of color.  (3 yrs)

International Latino Cultural Center of ChicagoChicago, IL $225,000 The Latino Music Festival of Chicago produces performances and promotes the awareness of intellectually significant music from Latin America and Spain. (3 yrs)

National Museum of Mexican ArtChicago, IL $300,000 To develop new strategic infrastructure changes in order to enhance the National Museum of Mexican Art's financial outlook and audience engagement. (3 yrs)

Old Town School of Folk MusicChicago, IL $225,000 The proposed grant will sustain our Cultural Heritage Project and provide funds for further activities geared toward increasing the diversity in Old Town School's programs and organization. (3 yrs)

Teatro Vista Theatre with A ViewChicago, IL $225,000 To support the Latino Equity theatre ensemble. (3 yrs)

Victory Gardens TheaterChicago, IL $225,000 To support expanding its work with artists of diverse cultural backgrounds, by connecting with additional community partners, by deepening its educational impact on students, and by enhancing the ways audiences engage with the theater. (3 yrs)


Democracy Program Grants

Proteus Fund Inc.Amherst, MA $100,000 To develop and train partner organizations on a common set of broad pro-democracy messages (1 yr)


Education Program Grants

Advance IllinoisChicago, IL $400,000 To support its state policy advocacy and leadership in Illinois' education community.  (2 yrs)

Education Writers AssociationWashington, DC $275,000 To build the capacity of journalists reporting on education issues, including teacher quality and college and career readiness, in the Great Lakes region. (2 yrs)

Illinois Network of Charter SchoolsChicago, IL $500,000 To continue advocacy, policy development and communications efforts around ensuring the growth of high-quality charter schools in Illinois. (2 yrs)

Stand for Children Leadership CenterPortland, OR $300,000 To support parent empowerment programming and advocacy to improve teacher quality policies in Chicago and Indianapolis. (1 yr)


Employment Program Grants

Chicago Jobs CouncilChicago, IL $225,000 To provide more and better opportunities for disadvantaged adults to develop valuable skills and get employed.  (2 yrs)

New America FoundationWashington, DC $300,000 To support the Center on Education and Skills for a New America. (2 yrs)

The Saint Paul FoundationSaint Paul, MN $300,000 For continued support of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin) workforce funders collaborative. (2 yrs)


Environment Program Grants

Alliance for the Great LakesChicago, IL $300,000 To support a coordinated campaign to stop Asian carp and other aquatic invasive species from entering the Great Lakes.  (2 yrs)

Council of State GovernmentsLombard, IL $150,000 To support the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus. (2 yrs)

Environmental Defense Fund Inc.New York, NY $600,000 To support its continued efforts to improve water quality in Western Lake Erie Basin. (2yrs)

Faith in PlaceChicago, IL $110,000 To support energy efficiency and carbon pollution policy outreach (15 mos)

Midwest Energy Efficiency AllianceChicago, IL $300,000 To support its Regional Policy Program-Advocating for Energy Efficiency in the Midwest (1 yr)

Michigan League of Conservation Voters Education FundAnn Arbor, MI $275,000 To support polling, focus groups, and message development for use in the campaign to stop harmful algal blooms in the Western Lake Erie basin (1 yr)

Minnesota Environmental PartnershipSt. Paul, MN $300,000 to protect and restore the natural environment of Minnesota. (2 yrs)

National Caucus of Environmental LegislatorsWashington, DC $125,000 The project will recruit and educate legislators about environmental issues impacting the Great Lakes. (2 yrs)

National Parks Conservation AssociationWashington, DC $325,000 To support the Healing Our Waters Coalition. (1 yr)

Northeast-Midwest InstituteWashington, DC $75,000 To support the Northeast-Midwest Institute Great Lakes Washington Program (GLWP) including the Great Lakes Congressional Task Forces. (1 yr)

Ohio State University FoundationColumbus, OH $100,000 To support Ohio Sea Grant. (2 yrs)

Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds TrustMilwaukee, WI $400,000 for its project to achieve clean water in the Great Milwaukee watersheds. (1 yr)

The Nature ConservancyIndianapolis, IN $500,000 To support it Western Lake Erie Basin project and its work to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes region. (2 yrs)

The University of ChicagoChicago, IL $225,000 For Improving State Implementation of the Clean Power Plan in the Great Lakes Region (3 yrs)


Gun Violence Prevention Program Grants

American College of Preventive MedicineWashington, DC $214,960 To continue efforts to build support for the National Violent Death Reporting System (1 yr)

Association of Prosecuting AttorneysWashington, DC $50,000 To support the national coalition (9 mos)

Ceasefire Pennsylvania Education FundPhiladelphia, PA $300,000 For a statewide campaign to build support for stronger gun violence prevention policies in Pennsylvania (1 yr)

Center for American ProgressWashington, DC $400,000 For gun law reform policy development, advocacy, and state organizing (1 yr)

Educational Fund to Stop Gun ViolenceWashington, DC $194,464 For continued work to advance risk-based firearms policies, and to develop model policy on removal of firearms from prohibited persons (1 yr)

States United to Prevent Gun ViolenceChicago, IL $50,000 For technical, communications, and policy support to state gun violence prevention groups (1 yr)


Special Opportunities Grants

Chicago Public Media Inc.Chicago, IL $135,000 To provide in-depth reporting coverage of the Illinois statehouse and of regional issues that impact Great Lakes residents (1 yr)

Clean Wisconsin Inc.Madison, WI $20,000 To modernize digital communications systems, including new tools for email distribution and advocacy/fundraising databases (1 yr)

Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridge, MA $200,000 To support the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. (2 yrs)

National Conference on CitizenshipWashington, DC $400,000 For the integration of a digital badging system into Service Year exchange to create a validated learning system of 21st century skills (2 yrs)

The Aspen Institute Inc.Washington, DC $500,000 To develop a fellowship to establish a reliable pool of exceptional leaders capable of leading community colleges to high levels of student success (2 yrs)

The Aspen Institute Inc.Washington, DC $100,000 In support of UpSkill America, a coalition engaging employers in advancing economic opportunity for low-wage workers (1 yr)

The University of ChicagoChicago, IL $600,000 To establish the University of Chicago Urban Labs, a set of labs focused on undertaking inquiry and having impact on five essential dimensions of urban life: education, crime, poverty, health and energy (2 yrs)

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