Working to improve quality of life, promote community vitality and achieve a fair society.

Shifting Gears

Shifting Gears

An initiative to bolster efforts in six Midwest states to help working-age adults who need to expand their skills.

Skills For Chicagoland's Future

Skills For Chicagoland's Future

New City Of Chicago And Cook County Program To Put Chicagoans Back To Work

Employment Program

Employment Program

Creating Economic Opportunity


Employment Grantees

2015 Employment Grants

Find more information about grantees in our Annual Reports.

The Aspen Institute Inc.
Washington, DC $1,000,000
For the continued support of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. (2 yrs)
Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management
Cleveland, OH $200,000
To conduct a research study on the return on investment for U.S. employers involved in Registered Apprenticeship programs. (1 yr)
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)
Chicago Jobs CouncilChicago, IL $225,000 To provide more and better opportunities for disadvantaged adults to develop valuable skills and get employed. (2 yrs)
Chicago Community Foundation
Chicago, IL $400,000
For continued support of the Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance.  (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)
Jobs for the Future
Boston, MA $600,000
For continued support of the CareerSTAT initiative. (2 yrs)
Seattle, WA $100,000
For continued support of its Future at Work Initiative in Chicago, which is aimed at engaging employer partners to hire and retain more young people who are neither in school nor employed. (1 yr)
National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies
Washington, DC $325,000
To promote and support the creation and effective adoption of digital learning tools to help adults acquire essential basic skills. (1 yr)
New America Foundation
Washington, DC $300,000
To support the Center on Education and Skills for a New America. (2 yrs)
The Saint Paul Foundation
Saint Paul, MN $300,000
For continued support of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin) workforce funders collaborative. (2 yrs)

Latest News From The Employment Program

8/9/2016 10:45:00 AM

Sameer Gadkaree Joins the Joyce Foundation

Education and workforce development expert Sameer Gadkaree is joining the Joyce Foundation as a Senior Program Officer. ​

7/28/2016 9:32:00 AM

Joyce Foundation Awards $13.7 Million in Grants

Joyce Foundation Awards $13.7 Million in Grants to Advance Policies on Climate Change, Great Lakes Protection, Gun Violence Prevention, and Workforce Development​


The Joyce Foundation Announces $10.2 Million in Grants

In April, 50 grants totaling $10.2 million were approved by the Joyce Foundation Board of Directors to further address pressing economic and social challenges.


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