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Grant Awards - 2018


  • Bethel New Life, Chicago, IL

    $145,000 – Community Entrepreneurship Expansion
    An award to expand opportunities for entrepreneurs in technology-based industries and provide community access for experiential learning while supporting Bethel’s efforts to research technology ecosystems and entrepreneurship systems needed for income generation and job retention to scale in Chicago's Austin neighborhood and beyond

  • FamilyFarmed, Chicago, IL

    $300,000 – Accelerating the Impact of Good Food Businesses in Chicago
    The award is general operating support for the organization as it enhances and extends current programming for food entrepreneurs in the Chicago metro area. New offerings will expand the reach of services to a broader range of entrepreneurs, particularly those in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

  • Future Founders Foundation, Chicago, IL

    $402,000 – Future Founders Startup
    Funds from The Coleman Foundation will support the expansion and impact of Future Founder's Startup over the next two years. The program connects college-age students to the best entrepreneurial resources, events, and activities in the entrepreneurial ecosystem." The grant includes a matching component to encourage a more diverse funding base.

  • Greater Southwest Development Corporation, Chicago, IL

    $125,000 – Chicago Lawn Business Academy
    The award is general operating support to aid in the establishment of the Chicago Lawn Business Academy which will include a series of classes and workshops for local business owners in finance, business planning and organization, online marketing, and succession planning.

  • LISC Chicago, Chicago, IL

    $76,000 – Integrating Financial Coaching into Community-Based Entrepreneurship Programs
    An award to support entrepreneurs in Chicago's low-to-moderate income neighborhoods by integrating one-on-one financial coaching by one of the organization's Financial Opportunity Centers into services offered by a South Side neighborhood-based entrepreneurship support organization.

  • North Central College, Naperville, IL

    $170,000 – Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA)
    A two-year award to support a program transition of the annual conference from Lisle, Illinois to Chicago community based venues and program partnerships. Through the transition, SEA will build stronger relationships with collegiate schools in Chicago; develop organizational event partners; create a destination event for schools outside the immediate region; and provide educational programming and unique experiential learning opportunities for artists and aspiring artists.

  • The National Main Street Center, Inc., Chicago, IL

    $60,000 – Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Urban Chicago Districts
    The award is to support the development of an entrepreneurship ecosystem plan in three urban commercial corridors in Chicago and for a workshop to introduce the concept of entrepreneurship ecosystems to a city-wide network of urban revitalization professionals.

  • Providence St. Mel School, Chicago, IL

    $100,000 – General operating support
    The Coleman Foundation has long recognized the positive influences of community anchors. In 1978, the Archdiocese of Chicago decided to close the merged Providence and St Mel High Schools. Instead, Principal Paul J. Adams and school administrators chose to operate it as an independent school. Since that time, the school has grown and now serves Pre-K through 12th grade students. For almost 40 years, 100 % of graduating seniors have been accepted into 4 year colleges and universities. This grant is in recognition of the decades of dedication and effort given by Paul Adams and staff and the immeasurable impact they have had on so many young lives.

  • Sunshine Enterprises, Chicago, IL

    $100,000 – Community Business Academy and Business Acceleration Services Support
    The award is for renewed support of the organization's programming which provides opportunity for entrepreneurs in disinvested Chicagoland communities by providing training in business management; coaching them in business development; and connecting them with the marketplace.

  • Sunshine Enterprises, Chicago, IL

    $30,000 – The NextLEVEL Exchange Mentoring Program
    The award is to support a jointly operated program between Sunshine Enterprises, the Chicago Urban League, the Jewish-Black Business Alliance, and Butterfield & Sons Construction who together offer to entrepreneurs mentoring services to increase their knowledge, develop skills, and identify actions necessary to strengthen their businesses.

  • Women's Business Development Center, Chicago, IL

    $75,000 – ScaleUp Program
    An award is to support the ScaleUp program to enable small businesses in the Chicago neighborhoods of Woodlawn, South Shore and Chatham to break out of a no growth cycle, build capacity and create jobs.

  • Women's Business Development Center, Chicago, IL

    $75,000 –Early Childhood Education Entrepreneurship Program
    An award to support the Early Childhood Education Entrepreneurship Program to assist potential and emerging child care entrepreneurs in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods of Belmont Cragin and Little Village.
    Another grant supports a longtime program which aims to increase the quality of experiential and co-curricular activities and improve core self-employment skills.

  • University of Florida, Gainsville, FL

    $26,040 – Experiential Classroom XIX
    An award to support the participation by a small group of the Coleman Fellows and staff from neighborhood business service organizations to attend a leading professional development event for entrepreneurship educators. The four-day workshop, featuring over 20 master educators in the entrepreneurship discipline will serve as a launching pad for potential future collaboration opportunities.

Developmental Disabilities

  • A Safe Place, IL

    $30,000 - General Operating Support
    Support is targeted at Behavioral Health Services for Human Trafficking Victims - Since March 2017, A Safe Place has provided intervention to individuals who have experienced labor and/or sex trafficking. A Safe Place offers crisis intervention, emergency shelter, case management and connection to key resources and long-term housing for trafficking victims. Specifically, funding is directed at services, such as evaluation and assessment, development of service plans, and individual and group counseling.

  • Anixter Center, Chicago, IL

    $125,000 – Discovering CHOICE Program
    The award is to replicate and implement the Discovering CHOICE Program, providing individualized neighborhood-based supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to increase their self-determination and quality of life.

  • Aspire, Westchester, IL

    $173,500 – Aspire Career Academy
    The award is to support the Aspire Career Academy which prepares individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for employment opportunities with collaborating businesses.

  • Avenues to Independence, Park Ridge, IL

    $150,000 – Wheeling Independence Center Project
    This award is towards support of the capital project for renovation of the Wheeling Independence Center in Wheeling, Illinois. The Center provides enriching employment, social, educational, and recreational day opportunities for approximately 130 clients with developmental disabilities with a main goal of helping participants be a part of the community.

  • Center for Independence through Conductive Education, Countryside, IL

    $307,500 – Teaching Together Chicago Program Expansion
    This two-year award is to support expansion of the Teaching Together Chicago (TTC) program. TTC is a collaboration between developmental disabilities agencies, people with developmental disabilities and private schools. TTC facilitates and coordinates efforts along with partners to gain internships opportunities leading to employment for people with developmental disabilities. During the next two years, TTC will scale the number of schools, developmental disabilities agencies and internship placements achieved during the development stage.

  • Clearbrook, Arlington Heights, IL

    $173,128 – Building Supportive Workplace Cultures
    The award is for a collaborative training program for supervisory staff employed by several disability service providers to address one of the leading reasons why direct service providers (DSPs) leave employment.

  • Envision Unlimited, Chicago, IL

    $160,000 – Envision-Neumann Merger: Technology Integration Project
    The award is to support the integration of accounting and information technology software, hardware and operating systems following the recent merger of Envision Unlimited and Neumann Family Services. As a merger is the ultimate form of collaboration, this award is the implementation of Impact Plan strategy #5 to “fund collaborative programs which include multiple grantees.”

  • GiGi's Playhouse, Hoffman Estates, IL

    $100,000 – Gigi's Studio
    This award is to support the Career Development Program, which aims to train adults with Down syndrome with job skills to gain employment and empower them with greater independence. The Hugs + Mugs program will be developed and rolled out to other Gigi playhouses. In 2013, Gigi’s started with one Achievement Center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Today Gigi’s has a network of 37 playhouses in the United States and one in Mexico.

  • Have Dreams, Evanston, IL

    $171,000 – Have Dreams Academy Cluster Model
    The award is to replicate a workforce training program for adults with autism to support them in developing skills for successful competitive employment in light manufacturing environments. The expansion of the cluster model will establish multiple Have Dreams Academy internships within a light-manufacturing or office park environments, exemplifying Impact Plan strategy #3 to “fund efforts to expand job opportunities and prepare individuals for workplace success.”

  • Misericordia Heart of Mercy, Chicago,IL

    $100,000 – General Operating Support.
    Misericordia currently serves more than 600 children and adults with mild to profound developmental disabilities who come from diverse racial, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. Participants are served by a spectrum of residential options on a 31-acre Chicago campus and in the community, and through a wide program array. Misericordia offers a continuum of care to meet their diverse needs and aspires for each individual to live as independently as possible in the highest level of community integration feasible. Residential settings include: CILAs (Community Integrated Living Arrangements for small groups in neighborhood homes outside Misericordia’s main campus); On-campus apartments; Group homes on-campus and a Skilled Nursing residence. The Coleman Foundation made its first grant to Misericordia in 1981 and was instrumental in the founding of “Candy Days”.

  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, Chicago, IL

    $150,000 – Pediatric Dentistry Ambulatory Surgery Center
    The award is to support the development of a Pediatric Dentistry Ambulatory Surgery Center with general anesthesia suites and procedure rooms to enable the College to expand dental care for children under general anesthesia.

Health & Rehabilitation

  • Almost Home Kids, Naperville, IL

    $425,000 – Fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics for Advance Practice Nurses
    Almost Home Kids seeks to create a fellowship tailored to Advance Practice Nurses in response to parents and caregivers concerns as they face six to nine month delays to see a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician. This three-year award is to support development and piloting of a Fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics for Advance Practice Registered Nurses who will be training in proper screening, diagnosing and treatment interventions for children with special healthcare needs.

  • Center for Independence through Conductive Education, Countryside, IL

    $175,750 – Conductive Education Center in Chicago
    This award is to support building renovations for the new Conductive Education Center in the Chicago, Brighton Park community. The new site, slated to open in 2019, will deliver Conductive Education and Vocational Training services to children and young adults with physical disabilities, particularly cerebral palsy. Children and families previously served at the El Valor Conductive Education program in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood will continue to receive services at the new location in Brighton Park.

  • Center for Independence through Conductive Education, Countryside, IL

    $50,000 – General Operating Support
    This award support programming to help children and adults with physical disabilities by offering Conductive Education, which breaks down physical skills like walking, sitting and eating into achievable tasks and requires every participant to take some responsibility for their learning. Participants initiate tasks, take a risk, cope, persevere, adapt - and learn with an “I Can!” attitude.

  • Devices 4 the Disabled, Chicago, IL

    $130,000 – Ed Kane Clinic for Disabled Support Services
    This award is to support Devices 4 the Disabled in providing durable medical equipment at no cost to disabled persons who are uninsured, underinsured, or undocumented. Specifically, this award supports the Chicago facility renovations; creation of the seating and positioning clinical area, in which an Assistive Technology Professional will conduct assessments to customize wheel chairs and power chairs; and staffing.

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

    $50,000 – Cicero/Berwyn Site Support
    The Latino Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Alliance (LAMDA) was founded in 2008. Its mission is to educate and engage Latino caregivers of family members facing the challenges of Alzheimer’s and Memory disorders of by providing skill building training, and compassionate support programs.
    These grant funds support continued direct service programming at the Cicero/ Berwyn site.

Cancer Care

  • Advocate Sherman Hospital and Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Elgin, IL

    $220,000 – Coleman 4R Patient Care Sequences for Cancer and Supportive Care

  • Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, IL

    $80,000 – Coleman Supportive Oncology Collaborative (CSOC), Cycle 3

  • Lake Forest Hospital, Lake Forest, IL

    $175,000 – Coleman 4R Patient Care Sequences for Cancer and Supportive Care

  • Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL

    $80,000 – Coleman Supportive Oncology Collaborative (CSOC), Cycle 3

  • Methodist Medical Center of Illinois, Peoria, IL

    $80,000 – Coleman Supportive Oncology Collaborative (CSOC), Cycle 3

  • NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, IL

    $220,000 – Coleman 4R Patient Care Sequences for Cancer and Supportive Care

  • Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

    $1,002,300 – Coleman 4R Patient Care Sequences for Cancer and Supportive Care
    This award is to support grant management and administration for participating institutions of the Coleman Supportive Oncology Collaborative to develop and implement the Coleman 4R Patient Care Sequences for Cancer and Supportive Care. The 4R model is designed to work with oncology care teams to implement a process which results in providing cancer patients with care planning documents at diagnosis and adjusted throughout the continuum of care. This award includes support for Working Groups and Advisory Teams; content development; and program related expenses for core program support. The award also supports Northwestern as a participating site along with seven other institutions.

  • Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

    $220,000 – Coleman 4R Patient Care Sequences for Cancer and Supportive Care

  • Sinai Health System, Chicago, IL

    $90,000 – Coleman Supportive Oncology Collaborative (CSOC), Cycle 3

  • University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL

    $220,000 – Coleman 4R Patient Care Sequences for Cancer and Supportive Care

  • University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, Chicago, IL

    $220,000 – Coleman 4R Patient Care Sequences for Cancer and Supportive Care

  • Wellness House, Hinsdale, IL

    $247,000 – Wellness Beyond Walls
    Wellness House has developed several medical and community partnerships in the Chicagoland area to increase access to psychosocial care for patients with a cancer diagnosis. This award is to support programming and services at Mercy Hospital, University of Illinois Chicago Cancer Center, and Miles Square Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center of the UI Health System.

Community Enrichment

  • PAWS Chicago, Chicago, IL

    $165,000 – PAWS for Life
    The PAWS for Life program provides free animal services to residents of the Englewood and Back of the Yards neighborhoods in Chicago. Volunteers and interns in the program who come from outside these communities connect and make relationships with Englewood and Back of the Yards residents, bridging divides through their common interest in cats and dogs.