Grant Awards - 2017
Accion Chicago, Chicago, IL
$200,000 – The Hatchery Chicago
The award is to support the creation of The Hatchery, a food business incubator in East Garfield Park, one of Chicago's highest-need neighborhoods, to help local food and beverage entrepreneurs scale successful businesses.
Beloit College, Beloit, WI
$100,000 – 2017 CELEB Renovation
This capital project request completes an effort that was begun in 2003. The renovation project will update and expand the current Center for Entrepreneurship in Liberal Education at Beloit (CELEB) facilities to meet today’s demand for physical space, technology and more effective experiential learning.
Bunker Labs, Chicago, IL
$90,000 – Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellowship for Student Veterans at Bunker Labs
The Coleman Fellowship at Bunker Labs is proposed as a one-year fellowship that will provide a cohort of up to 15 military veteran students drawn from various local universities with diverse and relevant hands-on experiences as they intern with existing veteran-led startups and cultivate their own startup ideas.
Chicago Horticultural Society, Glenview, IL
$300,000 – Farm on Ogden
The award is to support Farm on Ogden, a partnership between the recipient’s urban agriculture initiative and Lawndale Christian Health Center, to create a community-based, local food entrepreneurship ecosystem to support new business development and growth in the region.
CodeNow Inc., Chicago, IL
$50,000 – CodeNow 2.0
CodeNow is creating a scalable program model to empower thousands of underrepresented teenagers (aged 13-19) to begin career paths in technology and entrepreneurship. Students will learn how to solve problems with software and the entrepreneurial skills necessary to start their own technology ventures.
Center for Independent Futures, Evanston, IL
$117,185 – Enhancing Community Partnerships with Traditional Providers
The award is to continue a prior-funded effort to engage individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families and communities in the planning and implementation of alternative residential models. Building on earlier work, this project will focus on assisting providers of services in delivering alternative solutions to the individuals and families they serve.
Search, Inc., Chicago, IL
$135,000 – Phase II of Career Services at the Planet Access Company
The award is to continue a pilot program which identifies job roles for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in third-party logistics businesses. Participation by an academic partner will help to document the business case for employing this labor resource in this sector of the economy.
Health & Rehabilitation
University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL
$500,000 – Chicago South Side Asthma Center
This matching grant award is to support the Chicago South Side Asthma Center for pediatrics. Four medical partners serving residents on the south side of Chicago will collaborate to develop and launch a multidimensional Asthma Center to: 1) provide comprehensive asthma care management, education and outreach for children and their families/caregivers and; 2) standardize education and treatment among asthma care providers based on best practices and lessons learned from local and national asthma providers.