The Foundation is pleased to announce the grant cycle calendars for 2021. Please note, all LOIs are due on the deadline date on or before 11:59 PM, Central Time, unless otherwise noted.
Thanks to all who submitted LOIs for our Fall 2020 Cycle. Decisions have been sent to applicants and the LOI process is now closed. For those who have been invited to complete full applications or who are renewal applicants, applications are due August 10th.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Like all of you, our hearts ache. The murder of Mr. George Floyd is unbearable and intolerable. Of course, we know all too well that this is not an isolated tragedy. Racism has been deeply embedded in our nation’s systems and institutions for hundreds of years and it won’t be rooted out quickly. But such horrors must end.
We shouldn’t be horrified only by the most violent, graphic incidents of injustices perpetrated against African Americans. Our society should be equally compelled to action by the everyday effects of racism on African Americans and other people of color. We at the foundation don’t pretend to have all the answers. But we do know that the fight for racial and economic equity and justice must continue. Your advocacy, your efforts to change systems and institutions, and your commitment to empowering the families and communities with whom you work are more vital now than ever. Thank you for your commitment and perseverance. We are honored to stand with you.
This moment should give us all pause, particularly those of us in philanthropy. The foundation is committed to examining our own practices and grantmaking to do more to dismantle racism and oppression. We recognize it is incumbent upon us to listen, reflect, and act on what we can do better, but we welcome your engagement and expertise. This is long-term work not served well by short-term funding. We look forward to connecting with you in the days, weeks, and months ahead. In the meantime, know that we are deeply grateful for all you do.
Charles Angell, Jim Angell, Mike Angell, Rupal Soni, Kim Van Horn, Wendy Vendel, Audra Yokley
The foundation’s Fall 2020 grant cycle is now open. The deadline for receipt of LOIs is Monday, June 15th at 11:59 p.m. CDT.
First time applicants should examine our online guidance within the FOR APPLICANTS tab, above, particularly the page, HOW TO APPLY.
Click here to access the complete 2020 Grant Cycle Calendar.
** Please note, for the Fall 2020 cycle only, the Social Causes focus area will not be accepting new applicants. Given the COVID-19 crisis, the foundation will continue to support current grantee partners as well as contribute to collaborative emergency funds. We anticipate opening the opportunity for new applicants for our Spring 2021 cycle and beyond. Returning grantees are encouraged to apply as usual.
An Open Letter to the Chicago Region’s Nonprofit Community | COVID-19
Dear Partners and Friends,
As the Chicago region grapples with unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19, we are grateful for your ongoing work to provide essential public services, tackle inequities, and create communities where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
We can’t imagine a more difficult time for Chicago area nonprofits. Many vital programs are being disrupted at a time when people need them more, daily operations altered, and budgets stretched by increased demand for services and the cancellation of revenue-generating events – all in a context of tremendous and extraordinary uncertainty. The challenges are even greater for those providing direct services to people at the highest risk due to the virus itself and the economic impacts we are already seeing.
Like you, this community is at the heart of everything we care about. In these anxious times, we want to reaffirm our commitment to you and your work. Your priorities may be shifting as you determine how best to provide for communities, and the path to meet your original program goals may no longer be clear. While we know you remain deeply committed to continuing your work, we also realize that during this crisis it may not be realistic to meet the project goals you once expected to achieve. Please know, we understand and will prioritize flexibility regarding reporting.
In recognition of the challenges you are facing now and those that will be posed to our region in the days and weeks ahead, many of us have joined together and with others to contribute to a fund as one way to support those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund will provide flexible resources to community-based organizations across the Metropolitan Chicago region to supply essential aid to the individuals and households who are most impacted by the pandemic. Those resources currently include access to emergency food and basic supplies, rent and mortgage assistance and utility assistance. Learn more at https://www.chicagocovid19responsefund.org/.
We will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 in our community by listening to you to understand your experience and the experiences of those you serve. We are heartened by the way organizations across our region are rising to this challenge and are committed to doing our part to help ensure this critical work continues.
Thank you for your leadership and partnership in helping our city weather this crisis.
Iris Krieg, Executive Director
Albert Pick, Jr. Fund
Joel M. Friedman, President
The Alvin H. Baum Family Fund
Helene D. Gayle, President and Chief Executive Officer
The Chicago Community Trust
Adam Levine, President
Circle of Service Foundation
Mary Pounder, Program Director
Comer Family Foundation
Greg DiDomenico, President and CEO
Community Memorial Foundation
Leslie Ramyk, Executive Director
Conant Family Foundation
Evan Hochberg, President
Crown Family Philanthropies
Arne Duncan, Managing Partner
Emerson Collective / Chicago CRED
Angelique Power, President
The Field Foundation
Sharon Bush, Executive Director
Grand Victoria Foundation
Rachel Garbow Monroe, President and CEO
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Maria Socorro Pesqueira, President
Healthy Communities Foundation
Phyllis Glink, Executive Director
The Irving Harris Foundation
Janet Froetscher, President
JB and MK Pritzker Family Foundation
Lonnie Nasatir, President
Jewish United Fund
John Palfrey, President
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Ellen S. Alberding, President
The Joyce Foundation
Liz Kramer Lefkofsky, Executive Director
Lefkofsky Family Foundation
Craig Leva, President
Leva Family Foundation
Unmi Song, President
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Kelsey Malnati Howell, Executive Director
Marc and Jeanne Malnati Family Foundation
Allyson Park, President
Mars Wrigley Foundation
Gayla Brockman, President and CEO
Michael Reese Health Trust
Kim R. Van Horn, Managing Director
Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
Gillian Darlow, CEO
Polk Bros. Foundation
Charles Twichell, Executive Director
Prince Charitable Trusts
Julie Wilen, Executive Director
Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation
Cindy Moelis, President
Pritzker Traubert Foundation
David Hiller, President and CEO
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Na’ilah Suad Nasir, President
Patricia Ford, Executive Director
Steans Family Foundation
Sean Garrett, President and CEO
United Way of Metro Chicago
Robert N. DiLeonardi, Executive Director
Michelle Morales, President
Woods Fund Chicago
Thanks to all who submitted applications. We are currently reviewing them and will be returning decisions in early May.
Since 2015, the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation (PMAFF) has been a proud supporter of the Broadway School of Music & the Arts (BSMA). PMAFF funding has enabled BSMA to increase onsite student private lesson enrollment, create new participatory music education opportunities, and engage over 150 low income and homeless citizens through its Musical Meals program.
The Broadway School of Music & the Arts has its roots in Broadway-Slavic Village, a diverse Cleveland neighborhood edging the industrial valley just southeast of downtown, where close to 80% of school-age children attend Cleveland public schools, 30% of residents lack a high school degree, and 28% are unemployed. Housed in a historic former music conservatory, for 38 years BSMA has remained committed to enriching lives by providing access to high quality, diverse arts and music instruction and programming. BSMA provides these services to all individuals regardless of age, race, religion, level of ability, or financial means.
Last year, 2,075 individuals directly benefited from BSMA’s programs, including 1,095 youth. To keep its onsite private lessons affordable BSMA has provided over $111,000 in tuition assistance over the past 20 years. Close to half of students receive such assistance covering up to 95% of their tuition, and sometimes a loaned instrument as well. BSMA has also reduced financial barriers to participation in it onsite youth drum corps, which costs just $10 per year.
Over the past decade, in response to dramatic changes in the demographics of the Broadway-Slavic Village neighborhood and the needs of its residents, BSMA has transformed its focus to engaging underserved urban residents in high quality arts and music education programs through partnerships with 22 community-serving organizations across Cleveland. By taking more of its programming into the community, it has increased access to arts participation, particularly to underserved children, its primary audience.
All of BSMA’s offsite programs are free to participants, and include after-school and summer visual art, dance and music classes, and older adult storytelling and watercolor classes. Its pre-K Eurhythmics and visual art program helps young children develop not only musically and artistically, but also build literacy, math and social skills, imagination and physical dexterity. The Musical Meals program provides music by top-notch Cleveland musicians once a month at a free community dinner at a nearby hunger center.
For more information on the Broadway School of Music & the Arts, visit www.broadwayschool.org
For those organizations who received LOI approval, the full application deadline is January 21, 2020. Decisions will be determined in early May. If you did not submit an LOI for Spring 2020 or your LOI was not approved to full application, you can submit an LOI for Fall 2020 which opens April 15, 2019.
The LOI process for our Spring 2020 grant cycle is now closed. Thanks to all who submitted. We are currently reviewing them and will be returning decisions in the coming weeks.