Joyce Foundation Announces $7.3 Million in Grants

The Chicago-based Joyce Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $7.3 million to thirty-five nonprofit organizations working to reduce poverty and violence in the Great Lakes region and provide area residents with access to good schools, decent jobs, a vibrant democracy, and a diverse and thriving cultural life.

Awarded in the areas of education, employment, environment, gun violence, culture, and special opportunities, the grants include $500,000 to MDRC to support its College Match initiative, a pilot program in Chicago Public Schools designed to help low-income, high-achieving students attend more selective colleges through specialized advising; $325,000 to the Women Employed Institute to help a network of community colleges and other providers launch innovative strategies for strengthening the skills of adult workers; and $200,000 to the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research to help the nation's top policy makers and researchers identify critical human capital policy lessons and future research questions regarding the training, payment, and evaluation of public school teachers.

The foundation also awarded $199,952 to the Police Foundation to support management of the National Law Enforcement Partnership as it seeks to establish a unified law enforcement voice on policies that affect public safety; $100,000 to the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources to offer two weekend-long institutes that will prepare journalists to cover the restoration, protection, and management of watersheds and vital inhabitants in the Great Lakes region; and $30,000 to the Jazz Institute of Chicago for capacity-building initiatives and an artist residency as part of this year's jazz festival.

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

"Joyce Foundation Announces $7 Million in Summer 2011 Grants." Joyce Foundation Press Release 08/10/2011.