Joyce Foundation Awards $10 Million in Grants

Joyce Foundation Awards $10 Million in Grants

The Chicago-based Joyce Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $10 million to fifty-six nonprofit organizations.

The grants will provide support for organizations advocating for clean energy and energy efficiency policies in the Great Lakes region, working to strengthen teacher preparedness programs, and advocating for common-sense gun violence prevention policies. The grants include $50,000 to Free Street Theater Chicago to commission a new play from playwright Ricardo Gamboa and an ensemble of Chicago Mexican-American writers and performers; $160,000 over two years to the League of Women Voters of Ohio Education Fund in support of advocacy and public education around democracy issues; $400,000 over two years to Advance Illinois Chicago to help the state’s board of education roll out a new data reporting and accountability system aimed at strengthening teacher preparation programs; $170,000 to Good Jobs, LLC to launch a research and analysis initiative focused on the impact of MIT Sloan professor Zeynep Ton’s "Good Jobs Strategy"; and $50,000 to Environmental Defence Canada in support of its efforts to protect the Great Lakes and reduce nutrient-loading in western Lake Erie.

The foundation also awarded $225,000 to the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence for policy education and advocacy efforts aimed at reducing gun violence; $50,000 to Forefront Chicago to launch and support the Partnership for College Completion, a newly formed advocacy group that seeks to expand college access and success for low-income students in Illinois; and $150,000 to New York Public Radio for a yearlong series of stories on the nationwide news and talk show The Takeaway about the future of U.S. postsecondary education and its ability to prepare students for the fast-evolving global economy.

"Joyce Foundation Awards $10 Million in Grants." Joyce Foundation Press Release 12/13/2016.