2017 $100,000 Impact Grant Recipients

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council’s mission is to create a safer community, improve the learning environment at public schools, preserve affordable housing, provide a voice for youth, protect immigrants’ rights, promote gender equity, and end all forms of violence. The Impact Grant will be used to expand their school-based mental health program, which supports low-income Latino youth and their families through trauma-informed individual or group therapy and provides case management.


Cabrini Green Legal Aid is committed to seeking justice and mercy for those living in poverty by providing legal services that strengthen lives, families and communities. The Impact Grant will support direct efforts to “Reunite Moms and Kids” by providing transportation for Chicago families to maintain connections with their mothers during incarceration in downstate prisons.


CASA of Cook County speaks up in court for abused and neglected children and ensures that children live in safe, permanent homes. The Impact Grant will support the hiring of an additional Advocate Supervisor, create bilingual materials for volunteer recruiting, upgrade technology for volunteers and staff use, and provide transportation for youth transitioning out of foster care to skills development workshops.


Chicago Debate Commission advances students’ educational achievement, community contributions and life success through the transformative power of academic debate. The Impact Grant will be used to expand their programming by adding three high-poverty CPS high schools to their debate league over two years.


Chicago House and Social Service Agency serves individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity. The Impact Grant will be used to expand their TransWorks program, which offers workshops and mentorship to transgender clients to ensure they are prepared for the workplace. They also offer cultural competency trainings to employers as a macro-level intervention strategy that creates safer workplaces.



The People’s Music School delivers access to the benefits of high-quality, tuition-free music education. Through intensive instruction and performance, students achieve excellence in music that transfers to other areas in life. The Impact Grant will fund an expansion of music education at two sites in Chicago.


Merit Grants ranging from $5,000-$14,000 were awarded to the following finalist organizations:

Evanston Scholars – www.evanstonscholars.org
Eversight Illinois – http://www.eversightvision.org/illinois/
Juvenile Protective Association – www.jpachicago.org
Logan Square Neighborhood Association – www.lsna.net
Maywood Fine Arts Association – www.maywoodfinearts.org