Nearly $18 million to more than 125 of our partners

In our latest round of grants, the Foundation awarded nearly $18 million to more than 125 grantee partners. The grants are in recognition of the smart, creative work they are doing every day to help our communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and build a better future for us all.

Listed below is an example of the work we are funding in each of our programs. Scroll further to see the complete list.


3Arts Inc., Chicago, IL. $500,000 for one year, to provide individual artists of color and other underrepresented artists with financial support as the arts and culture communities begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Michigan State University - Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, East Lansing, MI. $250,000 for two years, to provide training and technical assistance to the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, and an evaluation of the state’s first redistricting commission process.

Education & Economic Mobility

AchieveMpls, Minneapolis, MN. $250,000 for two years, to help Minneapolis Public Schools design and launch innovative staffing and scheduling models in the district’s most racially-isolated schools.

Alliance for Excellent Education, Washington, D.C. $300,000 for two years, to conduct nationwide analyses on state-level college and career readiness accountability systems and credit transfer policies.

University of Indianapolis – Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning, Indianapolis, IN. $99,815 for seven months, to conduct research on educator incentives to earn licensure to teach dual credit coursework.


Elevate, Chicago, IL. $175,000 for one year, for technical assistance to Illinois governments to secure and deploy federal clean water and energy funding.

Michigan Municipal League Foundation, Ann Arbor, MI. $162,000 for two years, to hire two contractors that would work directly with disadvantaged local units of government in assessing water infrastructure funding needs and applying for state and federal funding sources.

Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform

Michigan State University - School of Criminal Justice, East Lansing, MI. $493,050 for three years, to help conduct a research evaluation of the effectiveness of domestic violence restraining order firearm restrictions in Michigan and Wisconsin.

National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform, Oakland, CA. $175,000 for 18 months, to administer a community of practice among leaders of Offices of Violence Prevention in communities across the country and to enhance the grant writing capacity of network members from the Great Lakes region, including Chicago, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Ramsey County, Minnesota.

Association of Prosecuting Attorneys Inc., Washington, DC, in partnership with Yale Law School’s Justice Collaboratory. $286,000 over 2 years, to support a project that improves fairness, trust and representation in procedural justice in Columbus, OH and St. Paul, MN.

National Consumer Law Center Inc., Boston, MA. $73,122 for one year, to support research and advocacy on the federal government's "clawback" of Social Security disability, Earned Income Tax Credit, and Child Tax Credit for student loan defaulters.


The Groundtruth Project, Boston, MA. $378,954 over 18 months, to renew support for Report for America and its initiative to replenish statehouse reporting in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

General and cross-programmatic

University of Illinois Foundation-Education Justice Project, Urbana, IL. $300,000 over two years, to support state policy on higher education access for the incarcerated and a prison-to-gown pathway at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Chicago Urban League
, Chicago, IL. $300,000 over two years, to support the League's Research and Policy Center with staffing, operations and advocacy in working to achieve equity for Black families and communities through social and economic empowerment.



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