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Grant Awards - 2019


  • Chicago Horticultural Society, Glenview, IL

    $120,000 – Windy City Harvest (WCH) Entrepreneurship Pathway Program
    The 2-year award is to support an urban agriculture education and jobs-training initiative to help build a local food system, foster healthier communities, and train and support farmers in developing or working in urban agriculture businesses. WCH serves low-income youth, adults, and communities in a continuum of programs focusing on training, job placement, and farm business opportunities. Through training, access to land, mentoring, and an aggregation and distribution facility, WCH helps farmers test and refine growing practices, business models, product development, and entrepreneurial skills.

Developmental Disabilities

  • Designs For Dignity, Chicago, IL

    $252,500 – Group Home Renewal Initiative, Phase II
    The award is to support the second phase of an effort to improve residential environments for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through partnership between disability service organizations and residential design professionals. Following an earlier phase which improved six group homes through expansive renovations, 24-26 homes will be upgraded through additions of new furniture and accessories selected by residents and organization staff from a menu of choices identified for their quality and durability by design professionals at Designs For Dignity. Designs For Dignity staff will create teams of volunteer designers; manage the application and selection processes to determine participating organizations; coordinate design team activity; perform order placement and coordinate delivery and installation; and survey residents and agency staff to secure feedback on project results.

  • Easterseals Joliet Region, Inc., Joliet, IL

    $172,500 – Pathways to Independence - Expanding Access to Children's Allied Health Services
    The 18-month award is for additional therapist staff resources to enable Easterseals Joliet Region to serve individuals on its waiting list for medical diagnostic and autism clinic program services. In addition, the award funds the addition of a Family Navigator position to improve bill processing and other administrative efficiencies and provide care coordination to families involving intake, scheduling, and referral processes.

  • UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago, Cicero, IL

    $250,300 – Infinitec Technology and Access to Training Improvement Project
    The award is to upgrade the Infinitec system which provides online training resources for staff members of more than 30 organizations that serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This includes converting more than 850 online documents and eLearning assets to a new required format; acquiring software licenses for Infinitec's content developers, and training them to create new training modules using the new format; updating the Infinitec web infrastructure to ensure efficient and effective support and delivery for members; and installing an automatic webinar registration system.

Health & Rehabilitation

  • Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

    $134,000 – Education in Palliative and End of Life Care (EPEC) Core Program
    The EPEC program began with training in primary palliative care in 1997, a time when the field of medicine had generated increased capacity in palliative care and symptom management but was still struggling to develop a balance between curative approaches to treatment and the need to ameliorate suffering in chronic or incurable diseases. Over the years, the core curriculum has been tailored to various medical specialties and patient populations; such as: EPEC-Oncology, EPEC-Emergency Medicine, and EPEC-Pediatrics. EPEC for Veterans was created in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs and consist of over 20 modules and involved 100 authors.

    While the EPEC core curriculum has been updated regularly, the last comprehensive content update was in 2011. This award is to support a) an update of core curriculum content; b) creation of short videos that demonstrate clinical scenarios and focus on ethics and decision-making; c) an update the website to better engage and support over 2,500 core Trainers (+500 pediatric Trainers).

Cancer Care

Community Enrichment