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August 24, 2016

Grants Roundup: Chicago Groups Get $3 Million for College and Youth Programs

Genesys Works

Young participants in a Genesys Works program take apart a computer. The tech-training nonprofit is one of three groups sharing nearly $3 million in grants from Chicago Beyond for projects supporting city youth and college students.

Here are notable new grant awards compiled by The Chronicle:

Chicago Beyond

Nearly $3 million to three nonprofits that won an "innovation challenge" by proposing programs that support college matriculation and graduation and engage young people in school and at work.

Recipients are the Dovetail Project, Storycatchers Theatre, and Genesys Works. Chicago Beyond will also provide money to evaluate the success of each program; studies will be conducted by researchers at the University of Chicago’s Urban Labs.

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

$2 million to 20 programs that provide healthy food for children and older adults in southeastern Michigan. Recipients include Elder Law of Michigan, Forgotten Harvest, and Gleaners Community Food Bank.

Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

$1.5 million to the Community College Research Center to help 23 community and technical colleges in Ohio restructure programs and support services to boost students’ progress toward graduating.

Healthcare Foundation of Wilson

$1.3 million to community projects that address teen pregnancy, substance abuse, obesity, and sexually transmitted diseases in Wilson, N.C. Recipients include Barton College, Wilson 20/20 Community Vision, and the Wilson County Department of Social Services.

New grant opportunities:

The Solutions Project, a climate and clean-energy grant maker, is establishing the Fighter Fund to provide grants to grass-roots organizations working on climate-justice projects. The fund is designed to respond to applications in just a few days to support nonprofits in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Applications are accepted here.

Chronicle of Philanthropy subscribers also have full access to GrantStation’s searchable database of grant opportunities. For more information, visit our grants page

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