The foundation accepts letters of inquiry from nonprofits working in the areas of education, environment, health and human services, arts and culture, and civic engagement to benefit the people of Chicago. Education grants are awarded for projects that promote improvements in the care and education of children from birth to age 5. The Company also supports projects to improve students’ lifelong learning with an emphasis on Common Core and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). Environment grants are awarded for efforts to educate and engage communities on the importance of reducing their impact on the environment and climate change. Arts and culture grants are awarded to programs that leverage the City of Chicago’s Culture Plan and the Chicago Public Schools Arts Education Plan. Health and human services grants support collaborative programs that address skills training, job placement, asset building, and healthcare access and quality. Also given priority are programs that provide for the economic growth of underserved communities through social enterprises and systemic improvements in service delivery. Civic engagement grants support projects designed to increase public understanding and engagement in the processes and issues that affect Chicago, including those that develop current and future leaders to build better communities. Additional information can be found on the Web site.
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