The Chicago-based Joyce Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $15 million to a hundred and ten nonprofits.
To help BIPOC-led and -serving arts organizations in Chicago make it through the COVID-19 pandemic, the foundation's Culture program awarded general operating support grants of $30,000 to Asian Improv aRts Midwest, the Black Ensemble Theater, Chicago Sinfonietta, the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, and the South Side Community Arts Center. Recipients of grants awarded through the foundation's Democracy program include the Michigan Nonprofit Association ($250,000) and Minneapolis-based Voices for Racial Justice ($120,000), while recipients of grants awarded through the Education and Economic Mobility program include the Council of Chief State School Officers ($500,000), which will use the funds to provide technical assistance to schools and districts in Illinois and Minnesota, and Education Counsel, LLC ($156,000) and the Resources Legacy Fund ($100,000), which will use the funds to address racial disparities in higher education and help students repay their loans.
Recipients of grants awarded through the foundation's Environment program include Environmental Health Watch ($120,000), which will use its grant to advance capacity building and advocacy efforts in Ohio, and the Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund ($300,000), which is running an outreach campaign focused on equitable clean energy policies. And organizations receiving grants through the foundation's Gun Violence Prevention and Justice Reform program include the Columbia Justice Lab ($216,905), in support of a national research project aimed at reducing harmful impacts and racial disparities resulting from involvement in the adult justice system, and The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence ($50,000), in support of efforts to reduce domestic violence homicide in Cook County.
In addition, the foundation awarded a $300,000 special opportunities grant to the Vera Institute of Justice to expand its Safety & Fairness for Everyone (SAFE) Initiative, which provides legal services to immigrants facing detention and deportation.