Grant Awards - 2016
Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL
$50,000 – For the Arts Entrepreneurship Education Initiatives
Chicago Artists Coalition's (CAC) goal is to provide and advance community-based entrepreneurial training for artists through diverse, relevant and high-quality programming, and by activating partnerships with other leading organizations, businesses, academic programs, and individual entrepreneurs. CAC aims to build a community of learning, and to deepen artists' knowledge of the role that professionalization and entrepreneurship play in their creative practice.
Future Founders Foundation, Chicago, IL
$170,000 for the College Founders Program to fund the Future Founder's Startup program that promotes and creates activities and programs that build knowledge, skills and community relationships that assist emerging collegiate entrepreneurs in starting and growing their businesses. These activities and community connections also extend the capacity of the academic partners.
Millikin University, Decatur, IL
$38,000 – Center for Entrepreneurship Co-curricular Programming & Staff Development
This proposal is to continue support to the Center for Entrepreneurship through a transition phase after the retirement of the founder of the program. The request is to build entrepreneurship through new co-curricular programs across campus and the community; and to develop faculty and staff to effectively engage in entrepreneurship programming.
North Central College, Naperville, IL
$90,000 – Self-Employment in the Arts
This proposal is to continue funding of the SEA Program, which includes support for the annual conference, regional events and workshops, virtual programming including a Mastermind Group, resource guides, and staff. SEA will continue developing educational content for the business of the arts, and partner with organizations such as Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC), Future Founders, Enactus student group, and colleges and universities.
Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL
$55,900 – SouthWorks Maker Entrepreneurship Programming
The proposal is for the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium to develop and deliver entrepreneurship education with resources specific to making/manufacturing, with a separate track for artisans/crafters, for aspiring entrepreneurs who are not professionally trained designers or engineers.
Aspire, Westchester, IL
$440,000 award for the Aspire Career Center to support the transformation of Aspire's sheltered workshop space and a new program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The new program will prepare individuals for community-based jobs in simulated work environments developed in partnership with employers.
The Cara Program, Chicago, IL
$60,000 – Workforce and Leadership Development
The proposal is to provide general operating support to The Cara Program (Cara) which prepares and inspires motivated individuals to break the cycles of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives, strengthen our communities, and forge paths to real and lasting success.
Center for Independence through Conductive Education, Countryside, IL
$200,000 for the Teaching Together Chicago Prototype project. Three agencies - Center for Independence through Conductive Education, Helping Hand Center, and El Valor will develop a prototype for the “Teaching Together” program in Chicago. Through this collaboration, three agencies and several local schools will partner in creating a program to train, prepare and place individuals with developmental disabilities to work as teacher's aides in the school classroom. Teaching Together Chicago will be modeled after a successful program currently running at a school in Washington, DC.
CTF ILLINOIS, Tinley Park, IL
$200,000 for Art Studio and Advocacy Center to establish two small-site programs, an art studio and an advocacy center, for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as part of the transition of a sheltered workshop program. This will enable participants to experience greater community integration, an increase in self-awareness and confidence, deeper understanding of their desires, increased self-sufficiency and a pathway to community employment.
The Douglas Center, Skokie, IL
$45,000 award for the Adapted Outdoor Physical Recreation Area project to support the creation of an outdoor physical recreation area so that 140 participants in the organization's programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities can participate in activities leading to physical and behavioral improvements. –
El Valor Corporation, Chicago, IL
$100,000 to support the Individualized Placement Services employment program that provides vocational assessments, job training, interview training, and other supports to assist individuals with I/DD in obtaining and maintaining employment in the local community.
Have Dreams, Evanston, IL
$125,000 support to continue the Have Dreams Academy workforce development program that trains adults with autism to work in light-manufacturing industries and to pilot the Academy for Adults with High Functioning Autism which will assist individuals with Aspergers Syndrome in obtaining employment.
Helping Hand Center, Countryside, IL
A $151,000 award for Discovering Choice program to support the renovation of an agency-owned space to accommodate the launch of a program which will enable up to 50 individuals, many with profound/severe cognitive impairments, to experience community-based opportunities of their choosing.
Orchard Village, Skokie, IL
$75,000 – InnOVations Program
The proposal is to launch a new vocational day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to engender new work skills and provide individualized work-site experience and employment options.
PACTT Learning Center, Chicago, IL
A $116,500 award to support the Quality of Life Training Project to create a staff development training initiative involving PACTT and several collaborating organizations to train over 150 individuals to assess quality of life of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to implement person-centered program plans through utilization of a national standard approach
The Arts of Life, Chicago, IL
$180,000 – Artist Enterprise Program
The proposal is to create educational offerings and supports for artist entrepreneurs with developmental disabilities so that their professional careers can achieve their highest potential.
College of American Pathologists Foundation, Northfield, IL
$60,000 for the See, Test & Treat Program at Loyola University Medical Center for a breast and cervical cancer screening program which provides one day of free testing, same-day test results and follow-up care to under-served women. The program will be held at Loyola University Medical Center in August, 2016 and serve 90 to 120 women while providing education to a larger population