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Grant Archives - 2015

Education/Entrepreneurship

  • California State University, Fresno, CA

    $35,000 for renewal of the Coleman Professorship in Entrepreneurial Studies at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Timothy M. Stearns currently holds the chair position and is Executive Director of the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

  • Chicago Artists' Coalition (CAC), Chicago, IL

    $50,000 to support CAC’s self-employment education program by activating partnerships with other organizations, businesses and academic programs; and by creating self-employment educational programming that serves more artists across the Chicago metro area. The program seeks to further collaborative programming between CAC and the Self-Employment Arts (SEA) program, a collegiate focused arts entrepreneurship program.

  • DePaul University, Chicago, IL

    $200,000 for capital support towards renovation and expansion of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at DePaul. The Center is the centralized campus location for entrepreneurship experimentation, learning, programming, and providing the space needed for students to launch their business ventures from the university campus.

  • District 214 Education Foundation, Arlington Heights, IL

    $100,000 to support the Entrepreneur Incubator Classrooms Redesign at three schools in Township High School District 214, where students will learn entrepreneurship concepts based on the Lean Start up methodology and curriculum developed by INCubatoredu.

  • Future Founders Foundation, Chicago, IL

    $155,000 to support Future Founders High School (FFHS) and College Founders (CF) programs. FFHS program provides additional experiential programming and coaching to Chicago Public School students in Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) classes. The CF program provides mentoring and connects college students to the best entrepreneurial resources, events, and activities in Chicagoland. It fosters collaboration among universities, incubators, community organizations and businesses to engage emerging entrepreneurs with the local entrepreneur community and provide increased services for young entrepreneurs. The program promotes intra-campus collaboration and increases the capacity of university programs by broadening their reach into the community.

  • North Central College, Naperville, IL

    $84,000 to support the Self-Employment in the Arts Program, which consists of a national conference, regional conferences, and workshops. Conference sessions and activities are geared towards college students and faculty in the visual, performing, literary, and media arts. A comprehensive website includes resources for aspiring and practicing artists, and concepts on the business of the arts.

  • Township High School District 211 Foundation, Palatine, IL

    $165,000 to support the Entrepreneur Incubator Classrooms Redesign at five schools in Township High School District 211, where students will learn entrepreneurship concepts based on the Lean Start up methodology and curriculum developed by INCubatoredu.

Developmental Disabilities

  • Aspiritech NFP, Highwood, IL

    $280,000 to develop a robust and scalable infrastructure that will support Aspiritech's continued growth and future geographic expansion in order to provide meaningful employment to more adults on the autism spectrum in software testing and related quality assurance and technology support services.

  • Blue Cap, Blue Island, IL

    $70,000 to support efforts to increase residential capacity for individuals with developmental disabilities. Grants funds will support a Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) home, which will provide housing for four to five females with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and renovations an existing CILA home to provide housing for two males.

  • Clearbrook, Arlington Heights, IL

    $667,650 for replication of the Discovering CHOICE program at Clearbook, UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago, and Park Lawn Association. Previously piloted with support from a prior CFI grant, the Discovering CHOICE program assists organizations in: downsizing from large congregate day settings; achieving person vs. program-based programming; and offering flexible services targeting wellness, socialization, volunteerism, and integrated community employment.

  • Easter Seals Joliet Region, Inc., Joliet, IL

    $150,000 to expand the organization's residential services, acquire a vehicle for transporting residents, implement a curriculum for serving aging individuals and implement information technology to improve program services.

  • Envision Unlimited, Chicago, IL

    A $262,750 award to formalize and grow the organization's Host Family Community Living model program in which two adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities reside in the private residence of a host family. The Host Family option will offer clients new options for stability, independence, comfort, and community integration. Grant resources will enable Envision Unlimited to recruit prospective host families and bear incremental program costs during the period of time the program opens ten homes for twenty individuals and scales to self-sufficiency.

  • Gateway to Learning Special Education and Training Center, Chicago, IL

    A $50,000 award to expand the organization's Café and Food Preparation Service program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by renovating and upgrading the Café's kitchen appliances, enabling the organization to serve lunch and handle larger bakery orders. The number of program participants will nearly triple and the volume of salable items will double. Additional resources for marketing activities will support the program's growth.

  • Jewish Child & Family Services, Chicago, IL

    An $80,000 award to support person-centered planning for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in a process of assessing and formulating viable residential models and to provide residential services to individuals in two of the organization's three existing group homes. As part of the grant, a planning structure will be identified and field-tested and the organization will open a fourth residential site.

  • L'Arche Chicago, Oak Park, IL

    A $35,000 award towards acquisition costs of a new residence for three individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, two of whom will be new to the organization. The grant will enable the organization to restructure its current four person home to three persons by transition of an existing resident to a newly acquired home. L'Arche Chicago will recruit and train two live-in assistants in the principles of self-determination and increase self-determination in its residents, as measured by an industry-standard assessment methodology.

  • Little City Foundation, Palatine, IL

    $500,000 matching grant to support the Children's Residential Group Home Capital Campaign to construct a group home, which would house children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. The group home will be specifically designed to create a safe, calming and comforting environment for children on the autism spectrum.

  • NorthPointe Resources, Inc., Zion, IL

    $95,000 to support renovations of the Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) homes, which will improve the functionality and comfort of five existing CILA homes, and provide furnishings for one new CILA.

  • UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago, IL

    $160,000 for the development and marketing of four online training modules, consisting of on-demand videos, webinars and other materials, for mandated training of Direct Support Persons (DSPs) at organizations which serve people with developmental disabilities.

Cancer Care

  • College of American Pathologists Foundation, Northfield, IL

    $40,000 to support organization's See, Test & Treat breast and cervical cancer screening program, which provides one day of free testing, same-day test results and follow-up care to underserved women. The program would be held at Loyola University Medical Center in August, 2015 and serve 50 to 75 women while providing education to a larger population.

  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Illinois Chapter, Chicago, IL

    $200,000 to support the Be Your Own Advocate (BYOA) Program Expansion, The BYOA program expansion targets blood cancer patients in underserved communities and ethnic communities such as Hispanics, African-American, Polish, and various geographical communities throughout Illinois, empowering cancer patients with education, resources, and support.

  • Loretto Hospital, Chicago, IL

    $250,000 capital support for enhancement of the Nuclear Medicine Program. The goal of the program is to provide timely and accurate diagnoses, cancer education and support intended to reduce cancer mortality rates in Chicago's under-served Austin Community and surrounding areas.

  • Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL

    $150,000 matching grant towards support to establish a satellite clinical lab at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center Loyola to expedite lab measures critical to oncology treatment decision-making.

  • Rush University Medical Center, Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL

    $83,000 for the Supportive Oncology Initiative for Children with Cancer. Rush will serve as a Supportive Oncology Improvement Site in this Initiative. Rush will have a lead and coordinator for their site, who will both serve as Design Team members on the entire Initiative and conduct process improvement assessments for pediatric supportive oncology at their institution.

  • University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, Chicago, IL

    $95,300 for the Supportive Oncology Initiative for Children with Cancer. Comer will serve as a Supportive Oncology Improvement Site in this Initiative. Comer will have a lead and coordinator for their site, who will both serve as Design Team members on the entire Initiative and conduct process improvement assessments for pediatric supportive oncology at their institution.

  • University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL

    $728,000 to support construction of Supportive Oncology Care Suite, which will allow supportive oncology services to be housed and provided in one central location for the first time at University of Chicago Medicine. The newly designed space will be located in the outpatient care facility of the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine adjacent to the chemotherapy infusion treatment area. The Supportive Oncology Care Suite will allow supportive care services to be delivered in an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to all cancer patients.