Who we fund

You’re on the frontlines of everything we care about. You have a mission, and you’re driven to achieve it. You have next steps you want to take. Ideas you’d like to try. Challenges you’re determined to overcome. People and organizations you need to collaborate with—some you know, others you don’t.

We should talk.

Applying for a grant

We welcome the opportunity to listen to your ideas, learn more about your work, and field any questions you may have. Please note: we do not accept unsolicited proposals.

The application process is different for each of our strategies. If you work in one or more of our funding areas, and you would like to explore whether or how we might work together, we suggest you start by contacting the appropriate team member.

For general questions, contact Elissa Mann at 
emann@wearemichaelreese.org.

Jennifer Rosenkranz

Jennifer Rosenkranz

Director of Grant Programs

Advocacy to preserve the safety net

We support advocacy to sustain and improve health and mental health services.

Domestic violence/interpersonal violence

We support cross-sector collaborations to address the breadth of survivors’ needs and long-term supports to help survivors heal.

School-based behavioral health

We support school-based behavioral health services to address trauma experienced by Chicago youth and systemic strategies to sustain these services.

Community violence prevention: Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities

We participate in the community-wide foundation collaborative to support a comprehensive set of evidence-informed strategies to address gun violence in Chicago.

Rachel Reichlin

Rachel Reichlin

Program Officer

Health and housing

We support efforts that address systems level change and demonstrate that housing is health care. We focus on data-sharing and integration efforts across health and housing that facilitate meaningful cross-sector collaboration.

Healthcare workforce

We partner to build pathways to economic mobility through exposure to and employment in health care.

Oral health

We support organizations that are working to integrate primary care and oral health programs, beyond colocation of services.

Community violence prevention: Hospital-based

We partner with credible messengers with relevant lived experience and community relationships to build trust and support individuals affected by community violence – including the victim, their community and their healthcare team.

Gayla Brockman

Gayla Brockman

President and CEO

Healthy Jewish community

We help build the capacity of affiliates of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago to serve their clients within and beyond the Jewish community.

Elissa Mann

Elissa Mann

Coordinator of Grant Programs

2019 Grant cycles

Funding cycleSpringFallWinter
Proposal
deadline
March 15September 16December 16
Grant
period
July 1, 2019–
June 30, 2020
January 1–
December 31, 2020
April 1, 2020–
March 31, 2021
Focus areaSchool-based behavioral health
Healthcare workforce
Healthy Jewish community
Health and housing
Violence prevention
Domestic violence/interpersonal violence
Oral health
Advocacy to preserve the safety net

Please note Michael Reese’s portion of indirect expenses cannot exceed 10 percent of your project’s direct expenses

Current grantees

If you have questions regarding reporting requirements, please review your grant contract and then contact your program officer. Generally, reports are due 45 days after the conclusion of your grant period. The general due date for each grant cycle is as follows:

  • Spring: August 15
  • Fall: February 15
  • Winter: May 15

Your program officer will “assign” your reporting requirement to you through our online grant portal at least 30 days before the grant report is due.

The portal allows you to resume work on a current proposal or access your grant report form.

Access the online grant portal

Explore our grant making FY19
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A skilled and inclusive healthcare workforce

$802,153

FY 2019

GranteeGrant AmountProjectFunding Area
Advocate Charitable Foundation$25,114 Advocate Youth Workforce Expansion
Expose high school students to careers in healthcare through sight visits, job shadow experiences, and summer internships
Healthcare Workforce
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago$50,000 Community Engagement & Workforce Education
Connect youth and young adults from underserved communities to healthcare careers through a variety of hands-on experiences that inspire them to continue their studies and consider a career in the heatlhcare field
Healthcare Workforce
Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance$50,000 Chicagoland Healthcare Workforce Collaborative
Establish a healthcare-industry workforce partnership to improve employee retention by creating career pathways, encouraging local and targeted hiring practices and policies, and building relationships with education and training providers.

The major participating partners in the CHWC include Advocate Health Care (Co-Chair), University of Chicago Medicine (Co-Chair), Sinai Health System (Co-Chair), Cook County Health & Hospital System, Northwestern Medicine, Presence Health, NorthShore University Health System, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Rush University Medical Center, Malcolm X Community College (City Colleges of Chicago), Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (the regional workforce board), ResCare (the workforce board’s healthcare sector center) and CWFA members (especially Chase, MRHT and Polk Bros)
Healthcare Workforce
Children First Fund Chicago Public Schools Foundation$118,514 Preparing Today's Students for Tomorrow's Healthcare Workforce
Maximize Chicago Public Schools Healthcare Workforce Partnership participation and evaluation by underwriting the cost of transportation, study-related expenses, background checks, scrubs and costs of partner convenings
Healthcare Workforce
Cook County Health Foundation$63,525 Cook County Careers in Healthcare Program
Plan and implement a new workforce development strategy to address system gaps in recruitment and skilled employment for adolescents and emerging adults from targeted communities in Chicago
Healthcare Workforce
Health and Medicine Policy Research Group$150,000 Diversifying the Healthcare Workforce: Supporting Career Pathways and Trajectories
Provide on-the-ground support for young health professionals from marginalized communities while simultaneously advancing policy and practice reform to address barriers to career success
Healthcare Workforce
Mercy Hospital and Medical Center$25,000 Mercy Hospital Workforce Development Project
Expose high school students to careers in healthcare through sight visits, job shadow experiences, and summer internships
Healthcare Workforce
Northwestern Memorial Healthcare$20,000 Northwestern Medicine Youth Pipeline Program
Expose high school students to health care careers through a variety of workforce initiatives that align with the Chicago Public Schools Healthcare Workforce Partnership which include: the NM Discovery Program - a two-year program in which high-achieving high school students are exposed to a broad range of activities designed to encourage their interest in health care careers and the NM Scholars Program - a three-year program for high school students currently from Westinghouse High School
Healthcare Workforce
One Million Degrees$80,000 Accelerating Community College Students' Pursuit of Healthcare Careers at Malcolm X College
Provide onsite, academic, personal, professional and financial services to approximately 30 underserved Malcolm X students to help them stay in school, earn a degree and launch upwardly mobile careers
Healthcare Workforce
Presence Health Network$30,000 Chicago Public Schools and ETHS Healthcare Workforce Partnership
Expose high school students to careers in healthcare through sight visits, job shadow experiences, and summer internships
Healthcare Workforce
Rush University Medical Center$80,000 Future-Ready Learning Labs
Implement and support health sciences programming in three Chicago Public Schools schools to prepare underserved youth for success in Career and Technical Education high schools and in the healthcare workforce
Healthcare Workforce
Sinai Health System$50,000 Sinai Pathways Program
Launch a new workforce development program to improve recruitment, retention, and employee growth and to increase the percentage of staff from the community that Sinai serves by 3%. Expose high school students to careers in healthcare through sight visits, job shadow experiences, and summer internships
Healthcare Workforce
South Shore Hospital$10,000 Chicago Public Schools Healthcare Workforce Partnership
Expose high school students to careers in healthcare through sight visits, job shadow experiences, and summer internships
Healthcare Workforce
Year Up Inc$50,000 Advancing Year Up Chicago's Work with the Healthcare Sector
Provide a six month training and a six month internship with a prospective healthcare employer for underserved youth, ages 18-25, with the goal of closing the opportunity divide
Healthcare Workforce

School-based behavioral health

$1,007,300

FY 2019

GranteeGrant AmountProjectFunding Area
Alternatives, Inc.$80,000 Integrated Care for Mollison and Carnegie
Increase integrated behavioral health services, including individual and group counseling, and restorative justice coaching within two Chicago public schools
School-Based Behavioral Health
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago$100,000 Center for Childhood Resilience
Expand access to Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), within at-risk, high-need Chicago Public Schools' neighborhood and alternative schools
School-Based Behavioral Health
ATT & REACH$67,300 Collaborative Problem Solving
Expand the ability to provide Collaborative Problem Solving training and implementation in Jewish Day Schools to address challenging student behavior
School-Based Behavioral Health
Children First Fund Chicago Public Schools Foundation$100,000 SPARCS Intervention for Traumatized Youth
Provide Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) services in 20 Chicago public schools
School-Based Behavioral Health
Children's Home & Aid$45,000 Community - Based Behavioral Health Program
Supporting a therapist at Schubert Elementary School to provide bilingual, trauma-informed clinical counseling for children and their families
School-Based Behavioral Health
Children's Research Triangle$45,000 Trauma Treatment Programs in Schools
Provide on-site, trauma-informed screening, assessment and treatment services for students at eight Chicago schools and one early childhood center in an effort to reduce trauma
School-Based Behavioral Health
Communities In Schools of Chicago$75,000 Intensive Program
To place a full-time clinician in a Chicago Public School to provide individual support and counseling for students in need of intensive services and to coordinate programs and services for all school students
School-Based Behavioral Health
Enlace Chicago$45,000 School-Based Counselors
Provide clinical mental health services, including individual and family counseling, in Little Village public schools to increase coping mechanisms and build protective factors
School-Based Behavioral Health
Gads Hill Center$55,000 Healthy Minds, Healthy Schools
Facilitate a comprehensive array of evidence-based, culturally and linguistically-relevant behavioral health interventions through a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) model with a person-centered approach at two Chicago Public Schools
School-Based Behavioral Health
JCFS$55,000 Therapeutic Day School
Expand behavioral health supports for students with significant emotional and behavioral disorders, including staff training in the Collaborative Problem Solving model, a social-emotional curriculum
School-Based Behavioral Health
Luster Learning Institute$60,000 Calm Classroom
Expand implementation of a mindfulness intervention within Chicago Public Schools
School-Based Behavioral Health
NAMI- Greater Chicago$50,000 Ending the Silence
Reduce stigma and teach young people about the signs and symptoms of mental illness and connect them to services and support
School-Based Behavioral Health
Rush University Medical Center$45,000 Comprehensive Neighborhood School Community Executive Functions Curriculum Project, Year 2: Emphasis on Sustainability
Pilot a comprehensive executive-functions curriculum in a Chicago Public School, including class exercises, professional development and parent education
School-Based Behavioral Health
UCAN$55,000 Behavioral Health Serivces in Chicago Public Neighborhood Schools
Deliver behavioral health services, including individual and group counseling, in eleven West Side and South Side Chicago Public Schools
School-Based Behavioral Health
Umoja Student Development Corporatoin$75,000 Transforming Schools through Restorative Justice
Expand restorative justice practices in Chicago Public Schools to address trauma and conflict
School-Based Behavioral Health
Youth Guidance$55,000 Becoming a Man (BAM) and Working on Womanhood (WOW)
Provide gender-specific school-based group counseling and mentoring programs that seek to change the life trajectories of at-risk young men and women in grades 7-12 attending Chicago Public Schools
School-Based Behavioral Health

A healthy Jewish community

$249,680

FY 2019

GranteeGrant AmountProjectFunding Area
CJE Senior Life$99,680 Program Outcomes and Data Management Project
Develop meaningful data and outcomes measurement to help CJE better understand and strengthen its impact on the older adult population
Healthy Jewish Community
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago$150,000 2020 Metropolitan Chicago Jewish Population Study
Conduct a large-scale, multi-stage community study of Chicago's Jewish community in order to help the community plan for and allocate resources in response to identified needs and trends, ensuring that the philanthropic dollars are stewarded as effectively and efficiently as possible
Healthy Jewish Community

Domestic violence/interpersonal violence prevention

$658,294

FY 2019

GranteeGrant AmountProjectFunding Area
Apna Ghar, Inc.$50,000 Cross-Sector Collaboration between Apna Ghar, Inc. and Turning Point Behavioral Health Center
Implement a feelings management group for fathers who have used violence against their partners with the aim to interrupt the cycle of violence for the family and prevent children from experiencing the long-term impact of family violence
Domestic/Interpersonal Violence
Ascend Justice$30,000 Cook County Domestic Violence Co-Location Project Planning
Plan for the implementation of a domestic violence-child welfare co-location project in Cook County to address systemic deficiencies in the treatment of families that are experienicing domestic violence
Domestic/Interpersonal Violence
Between Friends$75,000 Counseling and Support Services
Provide evidence-based crisis and long-term counseling services for survivors of domestic violence
Domestic/Interpersonal Violence
Casa Central$35,000 Violence Prevention and Intervention (VPI) Program
Deliver long-term counseling services to families and adult survivors of domestic violence, including crisis intervention, safety planning, case management, advocacy, and referrals to community resources
Domestic/Interpersonal Violence
Chicago Children's Advocacy Center$40,000 Student Sexual Abuse Prevention & Treatment Project
Design and execute a large-scale program capable of training all Chicago Public Schools staff on preventing and reporting sexual abuse before the start of the current school year as a response to the sexual abuse of students
Domestic/Interpersonal Violence
Connections for Abused Women and Their Children$35,000 Children's Trauma Services
Provide evidence-based individual and group mental health counseling for children ages 3–18 on a long-term basis to mitigate the impact of domestic violence
Domestic/Interpersonal Violence
Erie Neighborhood House$40,000 Domestic Violence Project
Provide care coordination, legal consultation and representation, and mental health counseling and case management services to immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through an interdepartmental collaboration between the agency's citizenship & immigration department and its violence prevention program, Proyecto Cuidate
Domestic/Interpersonal Violence
Family Rescue, Inc.$50,000 Domestic Violence Reduction Unit - Multi-Disciplinary Team
Coordinate with the Chicago Police Department and the State's Attorney's Office to identify households that are at high risk for future violence and homicide and proactively connect those families to services with the goal of reducing the risk of serious injury or death
Domestic/Interpersonal Violence
Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence$35,000 Domestic Violence Alternative Shelter Planning Cooperative
Investigate models to transform the domestic violence service sector to better meet the shelter and economic development needs of survivors of domestic violence in Cook County
Domestic/Interpersonal Violence
Lakeview Pantry$25,000 Survivor and Family Empowerment (SAFE)
Assist victims of domestic violence who come to the food bank but are not yet receiving support services for domestic violence
Domestic/Interpersonal Violence
SHALVA$100,000 Progressing on Healing Journey: Counseling for the Long Term
Address domestic abuse in Chicago's Jewish homes by providing survivors of interpersonal violence with long-term counseling tailored to their individual needs
Domestic/Interpersonal Violence
Sinai Health System$60,000 Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital's Domestic Violence Program
Ensure that people with disabilities who experience domestic violence receive the necessary support, resources, and referrals to live at their highest level of independencce and achieve their highest potential
Domestic/Interpersonal Violence
Swedish Covenant Hospital$53,294 The Violence Prevention Program
Educate hospital staff on the intersection of domestic violence and traumatic brain injury so they can better identify affected patients and connect them with the multifaceted care required for long-term healing
Domestic/Interpersonal Violence
Working in Support of Education$30,000 MoneyW!SE Expansion to Cook County, Illinois
Build the financial knowledge, skills, and confidence of domestic violence survivors through a 10–12 week personal financial education program
Domestic/Interpersonal Violence

Health and housing

$225,000

FY 2019

GranteeGrant AmountProjectFunding Area
All Chicago Making Homelessness History$50,000 National HMIS and Data Systems Environmental Scan
Conduct a national scan of Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data to identify the technical needs necessary to enable real-time data sharing with other sectors
Housing and Healthcare
Center for Housing and Health$90,000 Chicago and Cook County Housing for Health (H2) Strategic Plan
Advance data integration efforts among housing and health care entities as part of the Chicago and Cook County H2 Strategic Plan
Housing and Healthcare
Claretian Associates$25,000 South Chicago Housing and Health Data Integration Plan
Form a partnership between a supportive housing facility for seniors and a neighborhood, federally qualified health center (FQHC) so that health and wellness learning and education services are co-located in one setting
Housing and Healthcare
Enterprise Community Partners$25,000 Health and Housing
Create a Community Health Dashboard of information to create resident-informed Health Action Plans, with the goal of increasing use of healthy design standards to positively impact health outcomes
Housing and Healthcare
Illinois Public Health Institute$35,000 A Plan to Support Health and Housing Data Exchange
Lead a comprehensive stakeholder engagement and planning process to document the environment for information flow between health and housing. The document will be used to develop the technical, legal, and operational requirements for a Master Person Index (MPI) for greater Chicago
Housing and Healthcare

Community violence prevention

$1,367,281

FY 2019

GranteeGrant AmountProjectFunding Area
Acclivus Inc.$972,710 Chicago Violent Trauma Hospital Response
Continue and strengthen the hospital response program, staffed by credible messengers (individuals who were previously involved in street organizations and/or lost loved ones due to violence) who engage the patient, family, and friends; provide emotional support; make essential links to services; and prevent retaliation by notifying their community-based violence interrupters of possible plans for retaliation
Violence Prevention
Civic Consulting Alliance$30,000 The Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities
To support the management of the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities, a collaboration of more than 35 philanthropic funders and other organizations committed to supporting evidence-based strategies to reduce gun violence in Chicago
Violence Prevention
Metropolitan Family Services$150,000 Communities Partnering 4 Peace
To support an innovative, multi-agency response to violence that includes street outreach and reclaiming of safe community spaces, targeting those most at risk of causing violence or being its victim in nine of Chicago’s most violent communities
Violence Prevention
The University of Chicago Medical Center$214,571 Integrated Hospital-Based Violence Recovery Program
Meet the holistic clinical, social, and emotional needs of victims of violence through wrap-around services, with the goal of preventing violent recidivism, reducing re-injury, and promoting physical, emotional, and mental recovery
Violence Prevention

A strong safety net

$470,000

FY 2019

GranteeGrant AmountProjectFunding Area
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless$20,000 Bring Chicago Home
Build political support to create a sustainable funding stream by raising the Real Estate Transfer Tax (RETT) on Chicago properties sold for over $1 million
Advocacy
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights$60,000 Immigrant Health Access Initiative
Ensure that uninsured immigrants have access to comprehensive healthcare services through the Immigrant Health Access Initiative, which includes creating welcoming health institutions, increasing membership and geographic representation of individuals enrolled in Carelink, and developing and training local leadership
Advocacy
Illinois Partners for Human Service$50,000 General Operating Support
Ensure the State of Illinois and business leaders understand the value of human services and that the state provides adequate funding for those services by implementing legislation such as the 1115 Waiver, Health Homes, Managed Care, and Grant Accountability and Transparency Act
Advocacy
John Howard Association of IL$40,000 JHA Prison Monitoring & Advocacy
Monitor acccess to and quality of prison health care (both medical and mental), identify issues that compromise health care inside of prisons, and advocate for changes that improve healthcare outcomes for justice-involved individuals, as well as their communities
Advocacy
Legal Council for Health Justice$75,000 Protecting and Progressing Health Care in Illinois
Address health inequities by pursuing meaningful access to high-quality health care across the lifespan for vulnerable and underserved populations in our state. Policy objectives include advocating for the needs of immigrant populations affected by "public charge," ensuring the Illinois Medicaid system properly handles Medicaid eligibility determination at the application and redeterminiation phases, and ensuring that high-quality children's mental health services are included in Illinois' broader mental health policy
Advocacy
Mental Health Leadership Initiative$50,000 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity
Engage advocates through the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity program to ensure equal access and coverage of mental health and substance use disorder (MHSUD) treatment and assist the new administration in implementing strong policies that ensure the rights and coverage of those most in need
Advocacy
Shriver Center on Poverty Law$100,000 Healthcare Justice Program
Engage in advocacy to provide affordable, accessible, and comprehensive healthcare coverage and services for low-income people in Illinois, with the following goals: 1) work to preserve and protect the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid, 2) reduce churn in the Medicaid system, keeping recipients covered and in stable healthcare relationships, and 3) reach the remaining uninsured to re-enroll them in coverage by training and providing technical assistance to an expanded, permanent, and professional enrollment workforce
Advocacy
Thresholds$75,000 Thresholds Public Policy and Advocacy
Support advocacy efforts that enable better, earlier access to mental health services, including increasing the State's Medicaid investment in treatment and influencing system focus toward early treatment for children, adolescents, and young adults
Advocacy

Oral health

$746,394

FY 2019

GranteeGrant AmountProjectFunding Area
Chicago Family Health Center$25,000 Healthy Smiles: Building Strong Communities Through Oral Health Access
Expand oral health services by providing education, outreach, and oral health services at the new school-based health center at Chicago Vocational Career Academy (CVCA)
Oral Health
CommunityHealth$60,000 General Operation Support for Oral Health Program
Prioritze oral health care within the CommunityHealth system to patients who are enrolled in the Diabetes Care Group (DCG)
Oral Health
Erie Family Health Center$40,000 Erie’s Integrated Dental Home Model
Further the integrated dental home model by pursuing the following strategies: 1) implement operational changes to improve patient access, utilization of shared services, and quality of care; 2) increase medical and dental collaboration to improve clinical care and overall health; and 3) increase the number of patients receiving both medical and dental care at Erie
Oral Health
Heartland International Health Center$50,000 HHC-Oral Health Program
Support staffing at the school-based health center (SBHC) dental clinic serving low-income students and community members on Chicago's north side
Oral Health
Infant Welfare Society of Chicago$50,000 Oral Health General Operations
Implement a new electronic database to better track the effectiveness of the "Flash Pass" program, which provides same-day oral health care for prenatal patients in their 2nd trimester and children and their parents attending well-child visits
Oral Health
Inner-City Muslim Action Network$75,000 IMAN Oral Healthcare Program
Provide oral health services to children and adults with the priority being children, pregnant women, individuals with chronic diseases, and patients from IMAN's Green Re-entry program, a program that provides jobs for recently incarcerated young adults
Oral Health
Lawndale Christian Health Center$35,280 Lawndale Christian Health Center Dental Program
Serve low-income dental patients on the West Side of Chicago at the newly opened Homan Square location
Oral Health
Mile Square Health Center$56,114 Mile Square Portable Dental Care Expansion
Bring portable dental services care services to 12 medical clinics that do not currently have an in-house dental clinic
Oral Health
Oak Park and River Forest Infant Welfare Society - The Childrens Clinic IWS$50,000 Oral Health Care for Children from Low Income Families in a Medical/Dental Home
Offer integrated medical, dental, and behavioral health services in a medical home model to low-income children from infancy to age 18 who reside in west suburban Cook County and the City of Chicago
Oral Health
PCC Community Wellness Center$50,000 Oral Health Care at PCC
Provide affordable, quality oral health services with a focus on education at two state-of-the-art dental facilities (in Austin and Berwyn) to patients who are 6-months to 20-years-old, as well as adult and prenatel patients who go to PCC for their medical care
Oral Health
Pillars Community Health$35,000 Pillars Community Health Dental Services (Operating Support)
Provide oral health services and screening for periodontal disease among patients with diabetes. Work with the Illinois Primary Healthcare Association and National Network for Oral Health to implement new strategies to increase the number of children, ages 0–5, who access dental care
Oral Health
Primecare Community Health Inc.$50,000 Oral Health Program
Grow and expand the integrated dental care program, which provides access to high-quality diagnostic, preventive, and limited restorative services, as well as oral health education
Oral Health
St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center$50,000 St. Bernard Dental Center
Support a care coordinator position at the Dental Center to assist patients with navigating the healthcare system, including scheduling and follow through with appointments
Oral Health
The ARK$100,000 Dental Clinic
Provide complete and timely oral health care for low-income, uninsured Jewish patients
Oral Health
The University of Chicago$20,000 Integrating Oral Health and Comprehensive Primary Care
Improve regional and national knowledge about the integration of oral health care into primary care through identifying best practices for integration and developing a tool to assess quality of integrated care; piloting the integration of oral health care into the primary care model at the University of Chicago Medicine among older Medicare patients at increased risk of hospitalization; and designing a prospective randomized control trail to assess the effects of integrating primary medical and oral health care on both oral and systemic health and health-related quality of life
Oral Health

A skilled and inclusive healthcare workforce

$1,146,315

FY 2018

GranteeGrant AmountProjectFunding Area
Advocate Charitable Foundation$10,000 Chicago Public Schools Healthcare Workforce Partnership
Expose high school students to careers in health care through sight visits, job shadow experiences, and summer internships
Healthcare Workforce
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago$50,000 Mentoring and Workforce Development
Connect youth and young adults from underserved communities to healthcare careers through a variety of hands-on experiences that inspire them to continue their studies and consider a career in heatlh care.
Healthcare Workforce
Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance$50,000 Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance
Establish a healthcare industry-workforce partnership to improve employee retention by creating career pathways, encouraging local and targeted hiring practices and policies, and building relationships with education and training providers.

The major participating partners in the CHWC include Advocate Health Care (Co-Chair), University of Chicago Medicine (Co-Chair), Sinai Health System (Co-Chair), Cook County Health & Hospital System, Northwestern Medicine, Presence Health, NorthShore University Health System, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Rush University Medical Center, Malcolm X Community College (City Colleges of Chicago), Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (the regional workforce board), ResCare (the workforce board’s healthcare sector center) and CWFA members (especially Chase, MRHT and Polk Bros).
Healthcare Workforce
Children First Fund Chicago Public Schools Foundation$189,265 Preparing Today's Students for Tomorrow's Healthcare Workforce
Maximize Chicago Public Schools Healthcare Workforce Partnership participation and evaluation by underwriting the cost of transportation, study-related expenses, background checks, scrubs, and costs of partner convenings.
Healthcare Workforce
Cook County Health Foundation$127,050 Cook County Careers in Healthcare Program
Plan and implement a new workforce development strategy to address system gaps in recruitment and skilled employment for adolescents and emerging adults from targeted communities in Chicago.
Healthcare Workforce
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning$125,000 Creating Pipelines to Healthcare Careers for Chicago Region Veterans
Increase healthcare employment opportunities for veterans*
Healthcare Workforce
Health and Medicine Policy Research Group$50,000 Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program
Support the Schweitzer Fellowship program, where graduate health professions students design and implement direct service projects to improve health and well-being in Chicago's underserved communities
Healthcare Workforce
Health and Medicine Policy Research Group$125,000 Supporting the Next Generation of Health Care Providers
Provide on-the-ground support for young health professionals from marginalized communities while simultaneously advancing policy and practice reform to address barriers to career success.
Healthcare Workforce
Mercy Hospital and Medical Center$10,000 Chicago Public Schools Healthcare Workforce Partnership
Expose high school students to careers in health care through sight visits, job shadow experiences, and summer internships
Healthcare Workforce
Northwestern Memorial Healthcare$20,000 Northwestern Medicine Workforce Development Programs
Expose high school students to healthcare careers through a variety of workforce initiatives that align with the Chicago Public Schools Healthcare Workforce Partnership, including: the NM Discovery Program, a two-year program in which high-achieving high school students are exposed to a broad range of activities designed to encourage their interest in healthcare careers, and the NM Scholars Program, a three-year program for high school students currently from Westinghouse High School.
Healthcare Workforce
One Million Degrees$80,000 Empowering 30 Community College Students to Pursue Healthcare Careers at Malcolm X College
Provide onsite, academic, personal, professional and financial services to approximately 30 underserved Malcolm X students to help them stay in school, earn a degree, and launch upwardly mobile careers.
Healthcare Workforce
Presence Health Network$30,000 Chicago Public Schools Healthcare Workforce Partnership
Expose high school students to careers in health care through sight visits, job shadow experiences, and summer internships
Healthcare Workforce
Rush University Medical Center$80,000 Future-Ready Learning Labs
Implement and support health sciences programming in three Chicago Public Schools schools to prepare underserved youth for success in Career and Technical Education high schools and in the healthcare workforce.
Healthcare Workforce
Sinai Health System$50,000 Sinai Pathways Program
Launch a new workforce development program to improve recruitment, retention, and employee growth and to increase the percentage of staff from the community that Sinai serves by 3%. Expose high school students to careers in health care through sight visits, job shadow experiences, and summer internships.
Healthcare Workforce
South Shore Hospital$10,000 Chicago Public Schools Healthcare Workforce Partnership
Expose high school students to careers in health care through sight visits, job shadow experiences, and summer internships
Healthcare Workforce
University of Illinois at Chicago$100,000 CHAMPIONS NETWork
Empower underserved youth through a summer internship and school-year program that trains them to become culturally-competent community health educators and to champion healthy lifestyles.
Healthcare Workforce
Year Up Inc$40,000 Year Up Chicago’s Workforce Development Program
Provide underserved youth, ages 18-25, with a six-month training and a six-month internship with a prospective healthcare employer, with the goal of closing the opportunity divide.
Healthcare Workforce
*Due to a change in grant-making strategy in 2018, this is not a program and/or grantee that we currently fund.

School-based behavioral health

$925,000

FY 2018

GranteeGrant AmountProjectFunding Area
Alternatives, Inc.$80,000 Integrated Care for Burke and Tilden
Increase integrated behavioral health services, including individual and group counseling, and restorative justice coaching within two Chicago public schools
School-Based Behavioral Health
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago$100,000 Building Capacity for a Collaborative Sustainable Model for the Implementation of Structured Psuchotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) in Options Schools
Pilot a short-term version of the evidence-based clinical trauma intervention Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), including coaching, consultation, and professional development in Options schools
School-Based Behavioral Health
Bright Star Community Outreach$40,000 Truancy Education and Mentoring Progam (TEAM)
Provide the "Check and Connect" program model for case management services at four schools in Bronzeville and Woodlawn for youth at risk of dropping out of school
School-Based Behavioral Health
Children's Home & Aid$40,000 Community-Based Behavioral Health
Provide bilingual, trauma-informed clinical counseling for children and their families by funding a therapist at Schubert Elementary school.
School-Based Behavioral Health
Children's Research Triangle$40,000 Trauma Treatment Programs in Schools
Provide on-site, trauma-informed screening, assessment, and treatment services for students at eight Chicago schools and one early childhood center in an effort to reduce the effects of trauma.
School-Based Behavioral Health
Communities In Schools of Chicago$60,000 The Mental Health Support Program
Provide individual counseling services to elementary students at Chicago Public Schools on the far South Side of Chicago
School-Based Behavioral Health
Communities In Schools of Chicago$75,000 Intensive Support Program
Provide individual support and counseling for students in need of more intensive services by placing a full-time clinician in a school to coordinate programs and services for the whole school.
School-Based Behavioral Health
Enlace Chicago$40,000 School-Based Counselors
Provide clinical mental health services, including individual and family counseling, in Little Village public schools to increase coping mechanisms and build protective factors.
School-Based Behavioral Health
Gads Hill Center$50,000 Healthy Minds, Healthy Schools
Facilitate a comprehensive array of evidence-based, culturally and linguistically relevant behavioral health interventions through a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) model with a person-centered approach at two Chicago Public Schools.
School-Based Behavioral Health
Institute for Nonviolence Chicago$50,000 School Outreach and Nonviolence Program
Increase the use of nonviolent conflict resolution principles by supporting two outreach workers in Austin College and Career Academy.
School-Based Behavioral Health
JCFS$50,000 Therapeutic Day School
Expand behavioral health supports for students with significant emotional and behavioral disorders, including training staff in the Collaborative Problem Solving model, a social-emotional curriculum.
School-Based Behavioral Health
Luster Learning Institute$60,000 Calm Classroom
Expand implementation of a mindfulness intervention among Chicago Public Schools' administrators and teachers.
School-Based Behavioral Health
Rush University Medical Center$45,000 A Comprehensive Neighborhood School Executive Functions Curriculum Project
Pilot a comprehensive executive-functions curriculum in a Chicago Public School, including class exercises, professional development, and parent education.
School-Based Behavioral Health
UCAN$50,000 UCAN Behavioral Health Services in Chicago Public Schools Neighborhood Schools
Deliver behavioral health services, including individual and group counseling, in eleven West and South Side Chicago Public Schools.
School-Based Behavioral Health
Umoja Student Development Corporatoin$50,000 Restorative Justice Program
Expand restorative justice practices in Chicago Public Schools to address trauma and conflict.
School-Based Behavioral Health
Youth Guidance$45,000 Becoming A Man (B.A.M.)
Provide gender-specific school-based group counseling and mentoring programs that seek to change the life trajectories of at-risk young men in grades 7-12 attending Chicago Public Schools
School-Based Behavioral Health
Youth Guidance$50,000 Becoming A Man (BAM) and Working on Womanhood (WOW)
Provide gender-specific, school-based group counseling and mentoring programs that seek to change the life trajectories of at-risk young men and women in grades 7–12 attending Chicago Public Schools.
School-Based Behavioral Health

A healthy Jewish community

$500,338

FY 2018

GranteeGrant AmountProjectFunding Area
CJE Senior Life$71,338 Program Outcomes and Data Management Project
Develop meaningful data and outcomes measurement to help CJE better understand and strengthen its impact on the older adult population.
Healthy Jewish Community
JCFS$50,000 JCFS Rebranding and the Chicago Jewish Community: Phase 2
Implement re-branding efforts at JCFS to heighten visibility, strengthen the brand, and promote identity in order to engage, inspire, and mobilize funders, staff, volunteers, and community.
Healthy Jewish Community
Keshet$30,000 Therapeutic School Support for Chicagp Public School Children
Provide high-level therapeutic, psychiatric, and educational services within a setting that integrates students with developmental and associated psychiatric challenges into the main stream of host Chicago Public Schools.
Healthy Jewish Community
Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics$100,000 General Operating Support
Educate the Chicagoland Jewish community about recessive disorders and hereditary cancers that disapproportionately affect individuals of Jewish descent.
Healthy Jewish Community
REACH$54,000 Executive Coaching for REACH Leadership
Train the REACH leadership team to improve the efficacy and structure of REACH's special education program in Jewish day schools across Chicago, as a Strengthening Leadership Capacity Building Project.
Healthy Jewish Community
SHALVA$40,000 Journey to Higher Performance
Consolidate data and professionalize its use by staff to better inform their work.
Healthy Jewish Community
Sinai Health System$55,000 Sinai Medical Group Consultant
Conduct a deep assessment of Sinai Medical Group's operations and provide recommendations to senior leadership that will ensure Sinai's operations are efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable.
Healthy Jewish Community
The ARK$100,000 The ARK's Dental Clinic
Provide access to dental care for low-income adults, tailored to the unique cultural needs of the Jewish community.
Healthy Jewish Community

Domestic violence/interpersonal violence prevention

$35,000

FY 2018

GranteeGrant AmountProjectFunding Area
Connections for Abused Women and Their Children$35,000 General Operating Support
Provide shelter for women and children, counseling, advocacy, and a 24-hour hotline for people affected by domestic violence
Domestic/Interpersonal Violence

Health and housing

$250,000

FY 2018

GranteeGrant AmountProjectFunding Area
Alexian Brothers Bonaventure House$45,000 Occupational Therapy Program
Assist formerly homeless clients living with HIV to acquire critical life skills, find and maintain permanent housing, receive treatment for HIV, and achieve long-term independence and self-sufficiency*
Housing and Healthcare
All Chicago Making Homelessness History$50,000 Collective Impact Strategy Implementation
Support consultants in designing the Continuum of Care (CoC)'s action agenda
Housing and Healthcare
Center for Housing and Health$75,000 Implementation of the H2 2017-2019 Strategic Plan
Advance the data integration efforts among housing and health care entities as part of the Chicago and Cook County H2 Strategic Plan
Housing and Healthcare
Facing Forward to End Homelessness$80,000 General Operating
Provide affordable permanent housing, health care and basic supportive services for chronically homeless individuals and families*
Housing and Healthcare
*Due to a change in grant-making strategy in 2018, this is not a program and/or grantee that we currently fund.

Community violence prevention

$125,000

FY 2018

GranteeGrant AmountProjectFunding Area
New Life Centers of Chicagoland$40,000 Urban Life Skills
Provide mentoring, court advocacy, educational advocacy, family support services, sports/recreating, youth, employment, and service learning opportunities for youth ages 12-24 in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago*
Violence Prevention
Storycatchers Theatre$40,000 General Operating Support
Teach trauma-focused writing and performing arts programming to girls and boys at the Illinois Youth Center (IYC) - Warrenville, IYC - Chicago and the Cook County Juvenile temporary Detention Center*
Violence Prevention
University Of Chicago$45,000 Healing Hurt People
Provide trauma-informed care in order to promote recovery and reduce re-injury, retaliation and mortality among violently injured youth
Violence Prevention
*Due to a change in grant-making strategy in 2018, this is not a program and/or grantee that we currently fund.

A strong safety net

$220,000

FY 2018

GranteeGrant AmountProjectFunding Area
AIDS Foundation of Chicago$40,000 General Operating Support for System-Level Leadership and Coordination of Chicago Area HIV/AIDS Care & Services
Improve health equity, prevent new cases of HIV, serve as a collaboration and knowledge center by mobilizing advocates and people living with HIV and related chronic diseases to transform systems, policies, and resources*
Advocacy
Healthy Schools Campaign$50,000 Change for Good
Transform Chicago schools and classrooms into environments that support student health, provide regular access to healthy food, physical activity, health services and nutrition education*
Advocacy
Illinois Partners for Human Service$40,000 General Operating Support
Advocate for adequate funding and educate about the value of human services
Advocacy
John Howard Association of Illinois$40,000 Healthcare Continuum Initiative
Monitor and advocate for changes that significantly improve healthcare outcomes for justice-involved individuals
Advocacy
Mental Health Leadership Initiative$50,000 General Operating Support
Provide local and state policymakers with strategic guidance about the most impactful approaches and investments, including addressing the opiod epidemic
Advocacy
*Due to a change in grant-making strategy in 2018, this is not a program and/or grantee that we currently fund.

Oral health

$225,000

FY 2018

GranteeGrant AmountProjectFunding Area
Advocate Health Care$40,000 Mobile Dental Program at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Provide support for direct care, outreach and preventative education to reduce inequities in oral health and increase quality of life for underserved individuals across Chicago*
Oral Health
CommunityHealth$50,000 General Operating Support
Provide high-quality, comprehensive, free health and dental care to thousands of low-income, uninsured patients
Oral Health
Dental Lifeline Network Illinois$35,000 Chicago Donated Dental Services Program
Provide oral health care to adults with disabiliites, the elderly, medically frail and to those who are unable to afford or access treatment for seriously neglected dental problems*
Oral Health
Goldie's Place$55,000 Dental Program
Provide comprehensive dental services, including dentures, for homeless clients*
Oral Health
St. Bernard Hospital and Health Center$45,000 The Dental Center
Provide a range of oral health services to under-served children and families as well as special needs children and adults from Chicago's South Side communities
Oral Health
*Due to a change in grant-making strategy in 2018, this is not a program and/or grantee that we currently fund.

Previously funded

GranteeGrant AmountProjectFunding Area
Chicago Youth Programs, Inc.$40,000General Operating Support
Provide comprehensive youth development activities for low-income children and their families, including mentoring, tutoring, health services, physical activity, nutrition education and parenting supports*
Healthy Children
La Rabida Children's Hospital$40,000Chicago Child Trauma Center
Provide services, at no cost to families, for children who have exerienced trauma, including sexual and physical abuse, domestic and community violence, loss through violent death, and burns and other medical trauma*
Healthy Children
Lydia Home Association$35,000Safe Families for Children
Provide safe, temporary homes for children from families facing an immediate crisis, including a medical or mental health crisis, homelessness or unemployment, and child safety issues*
Healthy Families
Primo Center for Women and Children$30,000Trauma-Informed Mental Health Services
Provide trauma-informed mental healthcare in a congregate setting to women and children who have had significant exposure to trauma and violence and who experience serious mental health challenges as a result*
Healthy Families
Chicago Botanic Garden$35,000Food as Medicine at the Farm on Ogden
Collaborate with Lawndale Christian Health Center to help relieve hunger and mitigate diet-related disease among low-income residents of North Lawndale and neighboring communities*
Healthy Living
Chicago Family Health Center$20,000Strong Minds: South Side Psychiatric Access
Expand psychiatric and substance abuse services on the south side of Chicago by supporting a portion of the salary of a psychiatric nurse practitioner*
Mental health
*Due to a change in grant-making strategy in 2018, this is not a program and/or grantee that we currently fund.

Collaborators

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