Fry Foundation- Health Grant

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation

Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $140,000

Next deadline: Dec 1, 2018 3:00pm PST (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: Mar 1, 2019 3:00pm PST (Full proposal), Sep 1, 2019 3:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Illinois: Cook County, DuPage County

Location of residency: Preferred: Counties in Illinois: Cook County, DuPage County Other eligible locations: United States

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The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation supports organizations with the strength and commitment to address persistent problems of urban Chicago resulting from poverty, violence, ignorance, and despair. We seek to build the capacity of individuals and the systems that serve them. Our vision is a Chicago that offers education, prosperity and hope for all. 

The Foundation focuses on programs that improve conditions for low-income, underserved communities in Chicago, and we are especially interested in efforts that will foster learning and innovation. 

We give priority to: 

  • Programs with a demonstrated record of high-quality, effective services 
  • Efforts to improve the quality and effectiveness of programs and services (these might include program design, evaluation or staff development efforts, among others)
  • The development of innovative approaches that will contribute valuable examples, information, and knowledge to others working in the field
  • The Foundation also considers policy advocacy efforts that help ensure low-income communities and individuals in Chicago are treated fairly and have access to the services they need and deserve.

The Foundation is interested in investing in organizations and ideas that demonstrate exceptional potential for making a difference in one or more of the Foundation's four grantmaking areas. These projects show promise of developing new information or program innovations useful to other organizations, institutions, and policymakers. And these projects demonstrate potential to help advance the field of practice. In these cases, the Foundation will consider grants which represent larger or longer-term commitments than is otherwise typical.

Program Area: Health

The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation understands that effective primary care is essential to improving patient outcomes. The Foundation’s Health Program is committed to increasing access to high quality primary care and reducing health care disparities for Chicago’s low-income residents.

To accomplish these goals, we are interested in supporting:

  • Efforts to implement medical-home models of care which provide comprehensive integrated primary care services across multi-disciplinary team members in single or multiple settings. And we are especially interested in coordination efforts that focus on patients with chronic diseases that disproportionately affect communities of color (asthma, diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS).
  • High quality primary care services that are not widely available to low-income populations (especially dental, vision, and mental health). In support for mental health services, we give priority to high quality family-based mental health treatment services for children who suffer from the effects of traumas stemming from abuse, neglect, or violence.
  • Community outreach to connect hard-to-reach individuals with high-quality primary care. We give priority to programs that partner with clinics and hospitals for referrals and follow-up to ensure that patients show up at appointments and follow treatment recommendations. We are also interested in innovative partnerships with clinics and hospitals that demonstrate improved health outcomes.
  • Policy advocacy focused on improving the quality of health care and increasing access to health care for low-income populations in Chicago.

Programs must demonstrate linguistic and cultural competence and the ability to measure improvements in access to care and health status.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • We make grants only to tax-exempt organizations and rarely fund organizations outside Chicago. 


  • We give priority to applications for specific projects rather than for general operating support.


  • In general, the Foundation does not make grants to individuals, governmental entities, or 509(a)(3) supporting organizations, although exceptions sometimes are made for publicly supported charities.
  • We also do not provide funding for: general operating expenses for new grantees, capital projects, endowments, fundraising events, political activities, medical research, or religious purposes.
  • We rarely fund unsolicited applications from organizations based outside Chicago.
    • When exceptions are made, we look for organizations with strong local board leaders who are responsible for establishing program priorities and policies in Chicago.
    • In addition, organizations must agree that funds awarded for Chicago-based programs remain in Chicago and are not included in calculations of funds exchanged between local and national offices.