2016 Grant Awards

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Economy

Chicago Community Trust
Support for the Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance
$125,000
12 months
Education Systems Center
General operating support
$150,000
24 months
New Venture Fund
Support for planning and implementation of the Illinois Digital Learning Lab
$400,000
24 months
Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, Inc.
Support to develop and implement a unified system of employer-based training for homecare workers
$50,000
24 months

Education

Advance Illinois
General operating support
$75,000
18 months
Children’s Home + Aid of Illinois
Support to conduct a fiscal scan of state and federal investments in early childhood education for children birth to age eight in Illinois
$30,000
12 months
Collaboration for Early Childhood Care and Education
Support to develop a unified early childhood education data collection and evaluation system
$90,000
24 months
Community Organizing and Family Issues
General operating support
$50,000
12 months
DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform
Support for the Early Childhood Regional Collaboration in DuPage County
$20,000
12 months
Elgin Partnership for Early Learning
General operating support
$35,000
12 months
Illinois Action for Children
Support to increase technology and fundraising capacity
$294,000
12 months
Illinois Early Learning Council
Support for planning and restructuring
$30,000
12 months
Illinois Humanities
Support for symposia entitled “Continuing Ed. – Parents and the Future of Illinois Public Schools” in Elgin
$18,000
12 months
Latino Policy Forum
Support to expand advocacy efforts to increase and improve early childhood services of Latino children birth to age eight
$45,000
12 months
Ounce of Prevention Fund
General operating support
$200,000
12 months
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
General operating support
$300,000
24 months

Elgin

Centro de Informacion
General operating support
$40,000
24 months
Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley
General operating support for Elgin-based services
$50,000
24 months
Ecker Center for Mental Health
General operating support
$20,000
12 months
Elgin Master Chorale
General operating support
$50,000
24 months
Elgin Symphony Orchestra
General operating support
$10,000
12 months
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
General operating support for Elgin-based services
$10,000
12 months
Oak Crest Atrium Apartments
General operating support
$40,000
24 months
Open Door Clinic of Greater Elgin
General operating support
$50,000
24 months
United Way of Elgin
General operating support
$50,000
24 months
Well Child Center
General operating support
$50,000
24 months

Environment

Alliance for the Great Lakes
General operating support
$300,000
24 months
Center for Neighborhood Technology
General operating support
$75,000
12 months
Faith in Place
General operating support
$35,000
12 months
Friends of the Chicago River
Support to conduct research and analysis to assess the feasibility of developing a comprehensive trail along the Chicago River
$50,000
12 months
Heartlands Conservancy
Support for the acquisition of three properties with the Shawnee National Forest
$272,199
18 months
Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund
General operating support
$90,000
24 months
Jo Daviess Conservation Fund
Support for the acquisition of Addition to Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve
$57,963
36 months
Jo Daviess Conservation Fund
Support for the acquisition and restoration of Oneota Preserve, located in Hanover Township, Jo Daviess County
$578,135
48 months
The Land Conservancy of McHenry County
Support for the acquisition of Harvard Savanna, located in Hartland Township, McHenry County
$202,000
12 months
Metropolitan Planning Council
Support to create plans and tools for improved stormwater management and financing in the Chicago region
$150,000
12 months
National Forest Foundation
Challenge grant to support restoration of 1,800 acres at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
$1,000,000
84 months
Natural Land Institute
General operating support
$100,000
24 months
The Nature Conservancy in Illinois
Support to research the feasibility of a stormwater credit trading system in Cook County
$130,000
12 months
Openlands
Support for the acquisition of Hoffman Farm – Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge
$208,375
18 months
Openlands
Support for the acquisition of Larson tract – Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge
$62,094
18 months
Prairie Rivers Network
Support for coordination of the Middle Illinois River Conservation Collaborative
$54,000
24 months
The Wetlands Initiative
Support to increase fundraising and program staff capacity
$188,000
36 months

Special Opportunities

Forefront
General operating support
$25,000
12 months