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Joyce Foundation Approves 71 Grants


In July, over 70 grants were approved by the Joyce Board of Directors to further address pressing economic and social challenges that influence the quality of lives. 


Albany Park Theater Project Chicago, IL $45,000 to create and fund a new staff position, Community Partnerships Coordinator. (1 yr)

Gilloury Institute Chicago, IL $50,000 to strengthen organizational capacity through funding a portion of the artistic and executive director's salaries and supporting a new solo performance series. (1 yr)

Cerqua Rivera Art Experience Chicago, IL $50,000 for salary support for the executive director, associate artistic director and social media assistant. (1 yr)

Artadia: The Fund for Art Dialogue Brooklyn, NY $15,000 to support artist awards for artists of color. Future funding is possible depending on how much impact these awards have on the artist and the field. (1 yr)

Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation Chicago, IL $20,000 to create expanded opportunities for arts administrators of color, and staff and board members from ethnic arts institutions in Illinois, to lead and participate in the 2015 One State conference. (1 yr)

Steppenwolf Theater Co. Chicago, IL $70,000 for support of its diversity and equity initiative, a portion of which includes continued support for the multicultural fellowship. (2 yr)

Illinois Humanities Council Chicago, IL $40,000 to support its Elective Studies program aimed at supporting diversity and creativity in the Chicago arts sector. (1 yr)

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University Chicago, IL $30,000 to support the 2015 “Billy Strayhorn Festival” featuring performances, lectures and events throughout Chicago. (1 yr)

Puerto Rican Arts Alliance Chicago, IL $120,000 to support the salary of a Senior Program Director and cover costs of technology upgrades. (2 yrs)

Chicago Human Rhythm Project Chicago, IL $40,000 to support the Program Manager position for the American Rhythm Center (ARC), and ARC space rental fees for a diverse range of emerging, ALAANA (African, Latino, Asian, Arab and Native American) artists and companies. (1 yr)

3Arts Chicago, IL $40,000 to increase digital capacity on a platform to fund ALAANA (African Latino Asian Arab Native American) artists in Chicago. (2 yrs)

Hyde Park Jazz Festival Chicago, IL $20,000 to fund an audio/video Story Share booth that documents the history of and stories behind Chicago jazz. (1 yr)



League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, Inc Madison, WI $120,000 For collaborative work to defend voting rights, prevent erosion of democratic structures, and work toward local government reforms (2 yrs)

Illinois Public Interest Research Group Education Fund Chicago, IL $50,000 To support for a campus-based public education and advocacy effort to advance campaign finance reform (9 mos)

Wisconsin Voices Milwaukee, WI $200,000 To implement its Our Democracy 2020 program to shape the issue environment on political reform, manage a collaboration with other nonpartisan organizations, and conduct an assessment of local jurisdictions for democracy-related issue campaigns (2 yrs)

The Franklin And Eleanor Roosevelt Institute New York, NY $65,000 To lead a planning process with organizations involved with youth engagement on democracy issues in Illinois (1 yr)

Voices for Racial Justice Minneapolis, MN $50,000 To convene and train leaders of color on political reform issues, particularly campaign finance reform (1 yr)

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund Los Angeles, CA $125,000 To conduct public education, community outreach, and litigation to improve minority representation at the local government level in Illinois (20 mos)

New Venture Fund Washington, DC $75,000 to support convenings of funders interested in civic engagement and democracy reforms in Minnesota, Ohio, and Michigan (3 yrs)

Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. Chicago, IL $125,000 For Civil Rights Under Law to conduct public education, community outreach, and litigation to improve minority representation at the local government level in Illinois (20 mos)

MapLight Berkeley, CA $75,000 To support the Illinois expansion of Voter's Edge, an online portal that provides comprehensive, nonpartisan information about federal, state and local candidates, ballot measures, and judicial races (2 yrs)

Common Cause Education Fund Washington, DC $600,000 For the launch of a “State of Midwest Democracy” report as well as membership development and public education on state-based political reforms (2 yrs)

Northwestern University Evanston, IL $60,000 To develop an online curriculum focused on democracy reforms at the state level (1 yr)



Teach Plus Incorporated Boston, MA $350,000 To improve teacher quality policies in Indianapolis and Chicago (2 yrs)

Leadership for Educational Equity Foundation Washington, DC $50,000 To advance education reform in Chicago by providing leadership development to Teach for America alumni. (1 yr)

National Association of Charter School Authorizers Chicago, IL $75,000 To prepare and release its second annual 50-state analysis of charter school authorizing laws. (1 yr)

Consortium for Educational Change Lombard, IL $75,000 To launch a communications and engagement campaign to support implementation of PERA, the Illinois teacher evaluation system. (18 mos)

Council of Chief State School Officers Washington, DC $125,000 To conduct a 50-state analysis of current teacher preparation program evaluation efforts and then assess the ability of states to collect data against a new set of more outcomes-based indicators.(1 yr)

Center for American Progress Washington, DC $250,000 To launch a national campaign to elevate the teaching profession, bringing diverse voices together to build momentum for policy change. (2 yrs)

The Mind Trust Indianapolis, IN $100,000 To advocate for changes to Indiana teacher preparation programs, with an emphasis on reforms at Indiana University's college of education. (1 yr)

The Education Trust Washington, DC $500,000 To advance policies and promote practices at the federal, state, and district levels that give students with the greatest need access to the most effective teachers.  (2 yrs)

Policy Innovators in Education Network, Inc. Minneapolis, MN $300,000 To support a network of Midwest-based education advocacy organizations working to improve K-12 education through policy development and community organizing. (2 yrs)

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center New York, NY $325,000 To lead a national initiative to map innovative, research-based early childhood technological tools aimed at family engagement and early literacy. In addition, a national panel will be convened to identify quality indicators to help guide future development. (18 mos)

Indiana University Bloomington, IN $230,000 To inform and guide implementation of teacher evaluation policy in Indiana. (2 yrs)

The University of Chicago Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab Chicago, IL $175,000 To conduct a randomized controlled trial to test a low-cost family engagement program that uses behavioral tools to reduce absenteeism in Head Start programs. (18 mos)

Education First Consulting Seattle, WA $125,000 To complete a landscape scan of partnerships between teacher preparation programs and school districts, and develop a readiness assessment of the potential for such partnerships in Chicago, Minneapolis and Indianapolis. (6 mos)

Leading Educators Inc. New Orleans, LA $117,000 To create a teacher leadership strategy and policy roadmap, and develop a statewide toolkit that other districts could use to craft teacher leadership programs. (1 yr)

Public Impact Chapel Hill, NC $70,000 To support policy development and planning to implement Opportunity Culture teacher leadership strategies in Indianapolis. (1 yr)

Deans For Impact Austin, TX $100,000 For policy advocacy and communications efforts around teacher preparation reform, and to launch a learning science pilot program at three institutions. (1 yr)



Chicago Community Foundation Chicago, IL $400,000 For continued support of the Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance. (2 yrs)

Jobs for the Future Boston, MA $600,000 for continued support of the CareerSTAT initiative. (2 yrs)

The Aspen Institute Inc. Washington, DC $1,000,000 For the continued support of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. (2 yrs)

Healthcare Career Advancement Program Education Association New York, NY $300,000 To support a joint initiative with the Center on Wisconsin Strategy to advance policy, partnerships and practice in health care workforce development, especially in the context of labor-management partnerships and with a focus on low-wage/entry-level work (2 yrs)

Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Foundation (CICP) Indianapolis, IN $200,000 To develop a workforce development initiative to create stronger alignment between the supply of skilled talent and demand from employers in Central Indiana (1 yr)



Bipartisan Policy Center Inc. Washington, DC $250,000 for continued support of the Midcontinent States Environmental and Energy Regulators Group (1 yr)

Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources Missoula, MT $275,000 to advance public awareness and understanding of complex natural resource issues that impact the Great Lakes region, and to serve the professional needs of journalists who report on Great Lakes issues  (2 yrs)

Conservation Minnesota Minneapolis, MN $200,000 To organize, train, and activate community engagement teams in 25 key communities across Greater Minnesota to build support for strong environmental policies in the state (2 yrs)

Freshwater Future Petoskey, MI $150,000 To support their Bi-national Organizing on Great Lakes Issues project (2 yrs)

Ohio Environmental Council Columbus, OH $310,000 for continued support of its efforts to leverage state policy to increase energy efficiency in Ohio; and to protect, conserve, and restore Ohio's portion of the Lake Erie basin (1 yr)

Michigan Environmental Council Lansing, MI $200,000 To support the “Eliminating Waste: Making Efficiency Michigan's Top Energy Priority” project (1 yr)

Union of Concerned Scientists Inc. Cambridge, MA $250,000 To support the Powering Ahead the Midwest project (2 yrs)


Gun Violence Prevention

The Regents of the University of California Davis, CA $400,000 To evaluate the effects of background check polices (3 yrs)

Michigan State University East Lansing, MI $314,000 To support its School of Criminal Justice to evaluate the impact and enforcement of domestic violence firearm restrictions (3 yrs)

Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD $357,000 To evaluate the impact of mandatory background check and record-keeping laws in Pennsylvania and Maryland (3 yrs)

Arms with Ethics Surfside, FL $40,000 To support the Responsible Gun Vendor Initiative (6 mos)

Center for American Progress Washington, DC $50,000 To support Generation Progress' youth-focused policy and advocacy work on gun violence prevention (1 yr)

Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus Croton Falls, NY $37,500 For its Great Lakes project (1 yr)

PICO National Network Oakland, CA $150,000 For the Live Free campaign to reduce gun violence and create more opportunities for youth in urban neighborhoods (1 yr)


Joint Fund

Purdue University West Lafayette, IN $50,000 To design a quasi-experimental study to determine the effect of project-based learning on the development of personal success skills. (1 yr)

Deans For Impact Austin, TX $50,000 For policy advocacy and communications efforts around teacher preparation reform, and to launch a learning science pilot program at three institutions. (1 yr)

Northwestern University Evanston, IL $82,750 To support research on how a variety of variables impact employee performance.  (1 yr)

Mercer Baltimore, MD $200,000 To better understand how employers assess personal success skills at the time of hire and when promoting entry-level candidates. (1 yr)

UCHICAGOImpact LLC Chicago, IL $300,000 To develop, scale and research teacher professional development training interventions aimed at creating environments where students can develop personal success (non-cognitive) skills in K-12 classrooms. (2 yrs)


Special Opportunities

StoryCorps Brooklyn, NY $225,000 To support StoryCorps in Chicago from September 1, 2015, to August 31, 2018 (3 yrs)

Chicago Public Media Inc. Chicago, IL $260,000 To support Front and Center to specifically engage citizens on the issue of climate change (1 yr)

The Aspen Institute Inc. Washington, DC $60,000 To support the development of a high-quality website that would showcase the lessons learned from the Aspen Prize, serve as a resource to other community colleges across the country, and provide opportunity for greater public consumption of data and(1 yr)

New York Public Radio New York, NY $150,000 To support 43 percent of the cost of producing an original series of reports about community colleges to be aired on WNYC (1 yr)

New York Public Radio New York, NY $100,000 to support development of Radiolab Presents: SCOTUS, a podcast and national radio program being developed by WNYC that will use Supreme Court cases “as a springboard to examine the basic tensions at this moment in American history.” (4 mos)

Columbia University New York, NY $200,000 for an in-depth, investigative reporting project relating to gun violence relying to a great extent on data from the National Violent Death Reporting System. (18 mos)

Urban Institute Washington, DC $75,000 For a project on race, guns, policing, and mass incarceration (8 mos)

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Inc. Washington, DC $75,000 For a project on race, guns, policing, and mass incarceration (9 mos)

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