Latest Grants: May 2022

The Foundation is pleased to announce that we awarded 102 grants in April – worth more than $18 million – to support public policies and evidence-informed strategies to address the most pressing issues facing the Great Lakes region.

The recipients were chosen for their innovative work to advance evidence-based strategies in our six core program areas – Culture, Democracy, Education & Economic Mobility, Environment, Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform, and Journalism.

Culture

Artadia
$20,000
Asian Improv aRts Midwest
$150,000
Chicago Artists Coalition
$75,000
Chicago Latino Theater Alliance
$225,000
Congo Square Theatre Company
$175,000
Elastic Arts Foundation
$40,000
Gilloury Institute
$150,000
Harrison Center for the Arts
$75,000
Illinois Arts Alliance
$50,000
Living Arts
$75,000
National Museum of Mexican Art
$75,000
Public Art Saint Paul
$75,000
Sphinx Organization, Inc.
$50,000
Teatro Vista Theatre with A View
$175,000
The HANA Center
$75,000

Democracy

Center for Civic Design
$200,000
CHANGE Illinois
$200,000
Illinois PIRG Education Fund
$200,000
Minnesota Council on Foundations
$200,000
NEO Philanthropy
$200,000
Protect Democracy Project
$500,000

Education & Economic Mobility

Stand for Children Leadership Center
$300,000
Partnership for College Completion
$100,000
Ohio Voice
$65,000
New Leaders
$125,000
New America Foundation
$450,000
New America Foundation
$200,000
National Student Legal Defense Network
$150,000
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
$200,000
Latinos for Education Inc.
$150,000
Leading Educators Inc.
$115,000
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
$400,000
Latino Policy Forum
$495,000
Institute for Higher Education Policy
$250,000
HCM Strategists
$75,000
Hager Sharp Inc.
$20,000
Greater Twin Cities United Way
$300,000
Education First Consulting LLC
$125,000
Ed Allies
$500,000
Chiefs for Change
$100,000

Environment

Clean Wisconsin Inc.
$350,000
Clean Wisconsin Inc.
$30,000
Council of State Governments
$150,000
Elevate Energy
$300,000
Environmental Defense Fund Inc.
$500,000
Faith in Place
$200,000
Great Plains Institute for Sustainable Development Inc.
$80,000
National Association of State Boards of Education
$231,650
National Parks Conservation Association
$600,000
Safe Water Engineering, LLC
$50,000
Sierra Club Foundation
$400,000
The Cleveland Foundation
$150,000
The University of Michigan
$200,000

Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform

Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
$75,000
CeaseFire Pennsylvania Education Fund
$200,000
Gun Violence Prevention Education Center
$250,000
Law Enforcement Action Partnership Inc.
$100,000
Minnesota Department of Human Rights
$175,000
Police For Inc
$50,000
Prison Fellowship Ministries
$150,000
RAND Corporation
$100,000
University of Illinois at Chicago
$217,863
WAVE Educational Fund
$250,000

Journalism

Chalkbeat
$300,000
Circle of Blue
$50,000
Crain's Chicago Business
$500,000
Inside Climate News
$130,000
MinnPost
$150,000
ProPublica Inc.
$400,000
The 74 Media
$275,000
The Marshall Project
$100,000
Trace Media Inc.
$360,000
WCIJ Inc.
$400,000