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The Joyce Foundation Awards $8 Million in Grants


The Joyce Foundation has awarded nearly $8 million in grants to support organizations in the Great Lakes region, whose work advances research and advocacy on voting rights, clean energy, teacher preparation, gun violence prevention efforts, and more.

July 2017 Approved Grants


3Arts Inc. Chicago, IL $30,000

To support 3AP and the "Make a Wave" program. (1 yr)

Artadia: The Fund for Art Dialogue Brooklyn, NY $15,000

To support Artadia’s efforts for racial equity in the Artadia Awards, as well as Art & Dialogue: Chicago. (1 yr)

Chicago Cultural Alliance Chicago, IL $20,000

To support our inaugural "Inherit Chicago." (1 yr)

Illinois Humanities Council Chicago, IL $40,000

To support the creation of a Facilitation, Organizing, And Moderation Course for ALAANA artists. (1 yr)

Independent Curators International New York, NY $50,000

For existing and new programs to offer training opportunities to curators, empowering them professionally as arts community-leaders. (1 yr)

Marwen Foundation Chicago, IL $35,000

For a new Deputy Director position. (1 yr)

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL $25,000

To support the Howardena Pindell exhibition. (1 yr)

National Museum of Mexican Art Chicago, IL $24,000

To support Enrich Chicago. (1 yr)

Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago Chicago, IL $20,000

To support the work of Jennifer Packer. (1 yr)

Steppenwolf Theater Co. Chicago, IL $40,000

To support their organization-wide Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. (1 yr)

Terra Foundation for American Art Chicago, IL $40,000

To support Art Design Chicago. (1 yr)

West Point Fellowship Inc. Chicago, IL $25,000

To support the executive director salary and fringe. (1 yr)



Common Cause Education Fund Washington, DC $300,000

For its Midwest Democracy program focused on advancing redistricting and election reforms. (1 yr)

League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, Inc Madison, WI $60,000

To defend voting rights and support positive local government reforms in Wisconsin. (1 yr)

Wisconsin Voices Milwaukee, WI $100,000

To support its work on voting rights, non-partisan redistricting reform, implementation of online voter registration, defense of same-day registration and promotion of civic engagement. (1 yr)



Center for American Progress Washington, DC $125,000

To continue its national campaign to elevate the teaching profession and expand the work to include state-level efforts. (1 yr)

Chalkbeat New York, NY $200,000

To launch a bureau in Chicago to cover education news. (2 yrs)

Children First Fund the Chicago Public Schools Foundation Chicago, IL $500,000

To help launch Teach Chicago 2025, an initiative to build a more effective, diverse educator workforce. (2 yrs)

Consortium for Educational Change Lombard, IL $75,000

To continue its communication and engagement campaign around implementation of teacher evaluations in Illinois. (18 mos)

Deans for Impact Austin, TX $150,000

For policy advocacy and communications on teacher preparation reform. (1 yr)

Leadership for Educational Equity Foundation Washington, DC $35,000

To support the placement of a policy fellow in the Illinois Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development to provide project management for the Governor's Cabinet on Children and Youth's Early Childhood Workforce Development Project. (1 yr)

Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. Minneapolis, MN $150,000

To support a network of Midwest-based education advocacy organizations working to improve K-12 education policies. (1 yr)

Teach Plus Incorporated Boston, MA $275,000

To improve teacher quality policies in Indiana and Illinois. (1 yr)

The Education Trust Washington, DC $500,000

To advance policies at federal, state, and district levels that give students with the greatest need access to the most effective teachers. (2 yrs)

The New Teacher Project Inc. Brooklyn, NY $400,000

To complete a research project and policy paper that explores the academic rigor of students' school experiences, with a focus on how teachers' classroom practice contributes to those experiences. (2 yrs)



Chicago Community Foundation Chicago, IL $200,000

To support a more effective workforce development system, including expanding connections to employers and to labor market demand. (1 yr)

Healthcare Career Advancement Program Education Association New York, NY $150,000

To continue its policy-oriented efforts to advance career progression through labor-management funds. (1 yr)

National Fund for Workforce Solutions Washington, DC $250,000

To support the expansion of the CareerStat network to spread best practices among healthcare employers. (1 yr)

The Aspen Institute Inc. Washington, DC $600,000

To support the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the Aspen Presidential Fellowship, and the spread of best practices derived from both efforts. (1 yr)

Women Employed Chicago, IL $150,000

To continue its work towards career pathways into and through City Colleges of Chicago and supporting stability and mobility for low-wage workers in an evolving labor market. (1 yr)



Conservation Minnesota Minneapolis, MN $100,000

To continue and expand its community engagement teams in communities across Greater Minnesota to build support for strong environmental policies in the state. (1 yr)

Ecology Center Inc. Ann Arbor, MI $150,000

For advancing energy efficiency in Michigan. (1 yr)

Environmental Defense Fund Inc. New York, NY $550,000

To support its Sustainable Sourcing Initiative in the Western Lake Erie Basin. (2 yrs)

Faith in Place Chicago, IL $120,000

For implementation of the Future Energy Jobs Act in Illinois. (1 yr)

Freshwater Future Petoskey, MI $63,000

To support the seven-group coalition working to reduce toxic algae in Lake Erie, and to participate in the Healing Our Waters Coalition. (1 yr)

Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources Missoula, MT $300,000

To support its Great Lakes Watershed Journalism Project. (2 yrs)

Milwaukee Environmental Consortium Milwaukee, WI $50,000

To support the Milwaukee Environmental Consortium's Milwaukee Water Commons project. (1 yr)

The Energy Foundation San Francisco, CA $125,000

For the Midwest Clean Energy Communications Project. (1 yr)

US Water Alliance Washington, DC $170,000

To support the Water Infrastructure and Equity Task Force. (2 yrs)


Gun Violence Prevention

American University Washington, DC $60,000

For its Justice Programs Office to support the Prosecutors Against Gun Violence coalition. (1 yr)

Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus Croton Falls, NY $25,000

For education and outreach about the dangers of guns on college campuses. (1 yr)

New Venture Fund Washington, DC $200,000

To support the Guns Down project. (1 yr)

PICO National Network Washington, DC $150,000

To support the LIVE FREE campaign to reduce gun violence and create more opportunities for youth in urban neighborhoods in the Great Lakes region. (1 yr)

Stanford University Stanford, CA $160,000

For research on the risks associated with firearm ownership. (2 yrs)

William J. Brennan Jr. Center for Justice New York, NY $300,000

For the Second Amendment Fellowship project. (2 yrs)


Incubator Fund

Urban Institute Washington, DC $186,651

For a survey of young people in Chicago who are at risk of gun violence. (9 mos)


Joint Fund

Mathematica Policy Research Princeton, NJ $125,000

To support broader use of models to build executive function in workforce settings. (1 yr)


Special Opportunities

Center for Michigan Ann Arbor, MI $150,000

For Bridge Magazine to support in-depth, data-driven, public service journalism covering important policy issues in that state, in particular the environment and state governance. (1 yr)

Great Lakes Commission Ann Arbor, MI $150,000

To support development of an estimated Rate of Return for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. (1 yr)

Mikva Challenge Grant Foundation, Inc. Chicago, IL $50,000

To support a police youth council in Chicago. (1 yr)

National Academy of Sciences Washington, DC $250,000

To develop a consensus study on strategies to halve child poverty. (2 yrs)

The Campaign Legal Center Washington, DC $200,000

To support the Fair Maps Campaign, a communications and public education on redistricting. (1 yr)

Vera Institute of Justice Inc. New York, NY $150,000

To support SAFE (Safety and Fairness for Everyone) Cities Network that provides immigration legal services. (1 yr)