Chicago Foundation for Women Awards Nearly $1.2 Million in Grants

The Chicago Foundation for Women has announced grants totaling nearly $1.2 million to thirty nonprofit organizations working to advance economic security and reproductive justice.

Twenty-three grants totaling $917,500 were awarded through the Eleanor Network at CFW, which works to provide women with clear pathways to career advancement through intensive job skills training and comprehensive support services. Launched in 2012 following  the merger of CFW and  the  Eleanor Foundation, the program works to boost economic security across a woman's lifespan, from afterschool STEM programs for girls to grassroots advocacy campaigns that enlist grandmothers. Grant recipients include Chicago House & Social Services, which was awarded $20,000 for a pilot program that combines its established employment program with the TransLife Center's gender-nonconforming work to address transgender barriers in the workplace; the Instituto del Progreso Latino, which was awarded $65,000 to help develop economic self-sufficiency among Latinas in the region; and the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, which will receive $90,000 over three years for a project to develop and promote solutions that advance the economic security of low-income women and girls.

In partnership with the Catalyst Fund: Resources for Women of Color in Reproductive Justice at the Groundswell Fund, the foundation also awarded six grants totaling $265,000 to advance reproductive justice initiatives. Grant recipients include Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM) and the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force, which each were awarded grants of $49,000. In addition, the foundation awarded one grant of $3,000 from the Polk Bros. Foundation Fund for Emerging Organizations to GirlForward in support of that organization's mentorship program for refugee girls.

For a complete list of grant recipients, visit the CFW Web site.