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Grant Awards - 2017


  • Accion Chicago, Chicago, IL

    $200,000 – The Hatchery Chicago
    The award is to support the creation of The Hatchery, a food business incubator in East Garfield Park, one of Chicago's highest-need neighborhoods, to help local food and beverage entrepreneurs scale successful businesses.

  • Beloit College, Beloit, WI

    $100,000 – 2017 CELEB Renovation
    This capital project request completes an effort that was begun in 2003. The renovation project will update and expand the current Center for Entrepreneurship in Liberal Education at Beloit (CELEB) facilities to meet today’s demand for physical space, technology and more effective experiential learning.

  • Bunker Labs, Chicago, IL

    $90,000 – Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellowship for Student Veterans at Bunker Labs
    The Coleman Fellowship at Bunker Labs is proposed as a one-year fellowship that will provide a cohort of up to 15 military veteran students drawn from various local universities with diverse and relevant hands-on experiences as they intern with existing veteran-led startups and cultivate their own startup ideas.

  • Chicago Horticultural Society, Glenview, IL

    $300,000 – Farm on Ogden
    The award is to support Farm on Ogden, a partnership between the recipient’s urban agriculture initiative and Lawndale Christian Health Center, to create a community-based, local food entrepreneurship ecosystem to support new business development and growth in the region.

  • Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, Chicago, IL

    $50,000 – Pathways to Enterprise for Returning Citizens (PERC)
    Pathway to Enterprise for Returning Citizens (PERC) is a pilot program that will enable individuals with entrepreneurial interest, who are returning from prison, to receive the training, support and funding they need to start small businesses.

  • Chicago Urban League, Chicago, IL

    $50,000 – Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    This award is to support the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation which promotes business development for entrepreneurs in several Chicago African American communities. The Center offers programs to entrepreneurs, which provides tools that focus on business skills development for startup, early stage and established businesses.

  • CodeNow Inc., Chicago, IL

    $50,000 – CodeNow 2.0
    CodeNow is creating a scalable program model to empower thousands of underrepresented teenagers (aged 13-19) to begin career paths in technology and entrepreneurship. Students will learn how to solve problems with software and the entrepreneurial skills necessary to start their own technology ventures.

  • FamilyFarmed, Chicago, IL

    $125,000 – General Operating Support
    The award is for general operating support to enable the expansion of services to aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs in the local food sector. The organization intends to build on its successful accelerator program by establishing an Incubator Without Walls providing technical assistance and mentoring to food entrepreneurs, enabling them to achieve greater business success.

  • Future Founders Foundation, Chicago, IL

    $180,500 – Future Founders Startup
    Grant funds will support the Future Founders (FF) Startup programs, which bring together universities, incubators, community organizations and businesses to provide a dynamic suite of experience & services for emerging collegiate entrepreneurs, promote inter-school collaboration and increase university program capacity and relevance by broadening their reach into the entrepreneurial community. The program components include: a year-long Fellowship; an Alumni Accelerator; a Pitch competition; a newsletter that connects students directly to the entrepreneurial community as well as on-campus workshops.

  • North Central College, Naperville, IL

    $90,000 – Self-Employment in the Arts
    This award is to support arts business program elements for faculty, students and artists, which includes an annual conference, off-cycle programming, partnering with ConVerge, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, other colleges and universities, and community partners for collaborative programming. e.g. Chicago Artists Coalition, CEO, and Future Founders.

  • SkyART, Chicago, IL

    $150,000 – Campaign for Limitless Potential
    Grant funds will be used to complete Sky ARTS's campaign to improve facilities and build programing quality and reach. Funds to be added to a board-designated reserve to support increased general operating expenses associated with organizational expansion and new program development over the next 36 months.

  • Sunshine Enterprises, Chicago, IL

    $70,000 – Community Entrepreneurship program
    Sunshine Enterprises' mission is to empower local entrepreneurs in underserved areas to grow their business and transform their communities through training, coaching and connections to vital marketplace opportunities.

  • University of Florida, Gainsville, FL

    $27,000 – Experiential Classroom 2018
    The award is in support of the Experiential Classroom Workshop, a clinic for college faculty who are relatively new to the teaching of entrepreneurship and the building of entrepreneurship programs. The grant will enable selected participants in the Coleman Foundation Faculty Entrepreneurship Fellows Program to participate in the Workshop

Developmental Disabilities

  • Center for Enriched Living, Riverwoods, IL

    $50,000 – Employment Opportunities Program
    This award is to support expansion of the Employment Opportunities Program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities, which is designed to assess members' vocational preferences/work experience; assist members in job search activities; guide them at the employment site; and work with potential employers who might hire the individual.

  • Center for Independence through Conductive Education, Countryside, IL

    $122,000 - Teaching Together Chicago
    This award is to support development and expansion of the Teaching Together Chicago program, a collaboration to facilitate placement of adults with disabilities in internship positions as teacher’s aides, which lead to employment, by connecting social service agency clients with Chicago Catholic Schools.

  • Center for Independent Futures, Evanston, IL

    $117,185 – Enhancing Community Partnerships with Traditional Providers
    The award is to continue a prior-funded effort to engage individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families and communities in the planning and implementation of alternative residential models. Building on earlier work, this project will focus on assisting providers of services in delivering alternative solutions to the individuals and families they serve.

  • Envision Unlimited, Chicago, IL

    $300,000 – Day Program Disaggregation and Community Hub Development
    The award is for support of a transformation of the agency's day treatment program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, changing from a large-setting, segregated model to a smaller-setting, community integrated model that enables clients to build more self-directed and fulfilling lives as active and engaged members of their community.

  • Jewish Child & Family Services, Chicago, IL

    $150,000 – Residential Support of Adults with I/DD
    The award is to expand access to person-centered and community-based residential options for ten adults with I/DD with the opening of three new homes.

  • Neumann Family Services, Chicago, IL

    $100,000 – New Opportunity Center
    The award is for support of a new community-based program site to serve 50 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental illness. Services would deliver employment and healthcare programming through a clubhouse model.

  • RAMP, Inc., Rockford, IL

    $75,000 – Project SEARCH®
    The award is for Project SEARCH®, an initiative to be done in partnership with Mercyhealth Hospital and Belvidere School District #100 to prepare individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for employment in the Rockford area.

  • Search, Inc., Chicago, IL

    $135,000 – Phase II of Career Services at the Planet Access Company
    The award is to continue a pilot program which identifies job roles for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in third-party logistics businesses. Participation by an academic partner will help to document the business case for employing this labor resource in this sector of the economy.

  • Shore Community Services, Inc., Skokie, IL

    $75,000 – True North Vocational Program
    This award is to support the True North Vocational program, which is designed to maximize vocational exploration by adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program aims to integrate adults into community activities and provide individuals with employment path services for a variety of settings.

  • St. Coletta's of Illinois, Inc., Tinley Park, IL

    $200,000 – CILA Group Homes Renovation
    This award is for capital support for renovations, repairs and upgrades to Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILA) homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These homes were purchased in the early 1990's and are located in the communities of Orland Park, Palos Park, Mokena, Lockport, Justice, and Hickory Hills, Illinois.

  • UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago, IL

    $250,000 – Independent Housing Opportunities through Mentoring and Partnerships
    The award funds a pilot effort to create a residential solution for four individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities which focuses on building independence and community integration through use of technology, natural supports and alternative staffing models.

Health & Rehabilitation

  • Center for Independence through Conductive Education, Countryside, IL

    $163,000 – Southside Chicago Conductive Education Center
    This award is to support startup and implementation of the Conductive Education program at a fourth site to serve children and young adults with physical disabilities living in the south and southwest corridor of Chicago. The other three sites are located in Countryside, Chicago, and Lake Zurich.

  • La Rabida Children's Hospital, Chicago, IL

    $128,000 – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
    This award is to support the NICU Transition Baby Steps Program. La Rabida created and formalized the Baby Steps program to provide care for infants who are transitioning from hospital intensive care and prepare families to care for their children at home.

  • Latino Alzheimer's & Memory Disorders Alliance (LAMDA), Cicero, IL

    $54,000 – Berwyn/Cicero Program
    Funding will support additional staff to offer expanded educational and support services to residents of suburban Cook County, specifically at Berwyn and Melrose Park.

  • University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL

    $500,000 – Chicago South Side Asthma Center
    This matching grant award is to support the Chicago South Side Asthma Center for pediatrics. Four medical institutions serving residents on the south side of Chicago will collaborate to develop and launch a multidimensional Asthma Center to: 1) provide comprehensive asthma care management, education and outreach for children and their families/caregivers and; 2) standardize education and treatment among asthma care providers based on best practices and lessons learned from local and national asthma providers.

Cancer Care

  • NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative, Rock Island, IL

    $30,000 – Chicago RULE OUT! Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Project
    The award is to introduce the organization's medical education program to 500 Chicago healthcare professionals, creating greater awareness of ovarian cancer and leading to earlier detection.

  • Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

    $97,000 – Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (EPEC) Surgery Program
    This award is to support creation of the Palliative and End-of-Life Care education program. The EPEC Surgery program will be an adaptation of the core EPEC curriculum and will consist of a series of modules to educate and train surgical teams to address the palliative care needs of patients with life-limiting illness. After the EPEC Surgery program is created and piloted, it will be offered to Chicago-area surgical programs and disseminated more broadly.

  • Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

    $794,600 – Coleman Palliative Medicine Training Program (CPMTP)
    This award is to support the CPMTP over three years. The program is co-directed by Dr. Sean O’Mahony at Rush University Medical Center and Dr. Stacie Levine at the University of Chicago Medicine. Training will be directed at site teams in Chicagoland area hospitals, which may include administrators, physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains. The aim of the program is to grow the palliative care workforce to deliver quality palliative care to patients with a life limiting illness with a particular emphasis on cancer patients.
    During, Phase I and II (between 2012-2015), the CPMTP has targeted all domains of palliative medicine education, as shown by the model below:

    Between 2012-2015 of the CPMTP, the number of inpatient palliative care consultations increased by 139% across participating sites. Several programs established or grew their ambulatory palliative medicine clinics, thereby increasing access to supportive care services across the continuum of care. By 2016, across 19 organizations a 92% increase in growth of their teams was reported (mostly doctors and nurses, not social workers or chaplains). While we can note accomplishments during this time period (2012-2015), palliative care quality is not a matter of staff counts alone. The experiences of phases I and II have added nuance to understanding the barriers that can slow the pace of change, or make new services difficult to sustain. Phase III activities will continue to address the overall gaps in palliative care, palliative care services, and workforce development.

  • Various Organizations, IL

    $441,500 to seven institutions (listed below) to support the Coleman Supportive Oncology Collaborative for Children with Cancer (CSOC-CC), Cycle 2.
    The Collaborative is designed to address and implement process improvements in supportive oncology service delivery. Hospital sites will collaborate to improve pediatric/adolescent supportive oncology; contribute to an understanding of pediatric/adolescent supportive oncology practices across Chicago; identify opportunities for improvement through shared tools and methods, and organizational improvements; and develop a long-term supportive oncology improvement plan directed at improving the quality of life of pediatric and adolescent patients.
    The seven institutions (at eight sites) will participate as Improvement/Implementation sites in the CSOC-CC, Cycle 2. They include:
    • Advocate Children's Hospital (two sites, Oak Lawn and Park Ridge)
    • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital
    • Loyola University Medical Center
    • Rush University Children's Hospital
    • Stroger Hospital of Cook County
    • University of Chicago - Comer Children's Hospital
    • University of Illinois Health System

Public Affairs / Society Benefit

  • Forefront, Chicago, IL

    $130,000 – #ILGive
    The award is to advance the #ILGive campaign, comprised of multiple fundraising events across the year as well as capacity building trainings to help nonprofits gain necessary skills to increase individual philanthropic support.