2015 $100,000 Impact Grant Recipients

Albany Park Theater Project is a multiethnic, youth theater ensemble that inspires people to envision a more just and beautiful world, dedicated to art, to youth, and a vision of social justice. The Impact Grant was used to support Learning Curve, an immersive theatre production that exposes the plight of the urban classroom.


Free Spirit Media cultivates diverse youth voices to transform media and society. The Impact Grant supported the move to a full-time media studio.


The North Lawndale Employment Network’s mission is to improve the earnings potential of North Lawndale residents through innovative employment initiatives that lead to economic advancement and an improved quality of life. The Impact Grant supported Self-Employment Pathways for Women, an entrepreneurship training program for women attempting to re-enter the workforce post-incarceration.


Turning Point Behavioral Healthcare Center is an outpatient mental health center that exists to provide relief, no matter who you are or what your situation might be. The Impact Grant supported the creation of same-day mental health care services.


Merit Grants ranging from $10,000-$18,000 were awarded to the following finalist organizations:

Beyond the Ballwww.beyondtheball.org
Demoiselle 2 Femmewww.demoiselle2femme.org
Inner-City Muslim Action Networkwww.imancentral.org
Mikva Challengewww.mikvachallenge.org
Storycatchers Theatrewww.storycatcherstheatre.org
Youth Organizations Umbrella, Inc.www.youevanston.org