The Chicago Foundation for Women has announced forty-three grants totaling $1.114 million in support of economic security and reproductive justice efforts focused on Chicago-area women and girls.
Awards announced by the foundation include inaugural grants totaling $33,000 from the South Side Giving Circle in the areas of health, safety, and justice for African-American women and girls. Grantees include the Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program, which works to empower girls with communication, career, and life skills, and the Girls Like Me Project, which provides young black girls with the digital tools to document and share their experiences.
Twenty-nine grants totaling $810,000 were awarded through the foundation's Eleanor Network, which works to create pathways to economic security for women through workforce development training, stabilization services, and advocacy. New grantees include Enlace Chicago, which convenes and mobilizes a network of Spanish-speaking community health workers to improve opportunities and access to care for the city's Spanish-speaking residents; the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Chicago, which works to improve wages and working conditions for the city's low-wage restaurant workforce; and the Chinese Mutual Aid Association, which offers a mentoring program for young women from low-income immigrant families.
Through a matching grant from the Catalyst Fund for Reproductive Justice at Groundswell, the foundation awarded eight grants totaling $270,000. Grantees include Arise Chicago, which organizes low-wage workers and faith leaders to advocate for the economic and physical security of all workers, and the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force, which works to reduce racial disparities in breast cancer survival rates for African-American women through education and increased access to quality health care.
"Chicago Foundation for Women takes a comprehensive approach to women's economic security," said CFW president and CEO K. Sujata. "We ensure women and girls have the skills necessary to thrive in today's economy, as well as support in addressing barriers to employment such as housing insecurity, previous incarceration, and access to healthcare....But we know that women do not live and work in a vacuum, so CFW also invests in women-led organizing and advocacy to address the root causes of economic insecurity and to build movements that prioritize reproductive justice."