The Chicago Foundation for Women has announced grants totaling more than $1 million to Chicago nonprofits committed to strengthening women's economic security and reproductive justice.
Awarded through the foundation's Eleanor Network, the forty-seven grants will support workforce development training, support services, and advocacy programs designed to advance economic stability for women in the Chicago region. The grants include an award of $15,000 to Accion Chicago, which works to revitalize underserved communities through job-creating entrepreneurship, with a focus on minority, women, and low-income entrepreneurs; $15,000 to Chicago Youth Centers, which provide STEM education and one-on-one instruction aimed at closing the skills gap and preparing children for success in school and the workforce; and $75,000 to the Jane Addams Resource Corporation's Women in Manufacturing Program, which offers job training to working female heads of households that prepares them for careers in the metal manufacturing sector.
Through a matching grant from the Catalyst Fund for Reproductive Justice at Groundswell, the foundation also awarded nine grants to reproductive justice advocacy organizations led by women of color. Those grants include $15,000 to A Long Walk Home, which empowers young women of color to advocate for themselves to end gender violence, and $15,000 to the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, a multi-issue advocacy organization that brings together Asian American and Pacific Islander women to advocate for their reproductive rights, health, and justice.
For a complete list of the foundation’s fall 2016 grants, see the CFW website.