Joyce Foundation Awards Grants for Racial Equity, Economic Mobility


In its first grantmaking cycle since refocusing its funding priorities on advancing racial equity and economic mobility, the Joyce Foundation has announced grants totaling $14.2 million.

Through its Education and Economic Mobility program, the foundation awarded sixteen grants totaling $4.2 million to ensure equitable access to high-quality education and jobs for the next generation, especially young people of color and those from low-income communities. Recipients include the Aspen Institute ($450,000 over two years), the Institute for College Access and Success ($250,000), and the Education Trust ($500,000 over two years). Through its Environment program, the foundation awarded thirteen grants totaling $3.5 million, including grants to the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance ($280,000 over two years), Human Impact Partners ($110,000), and the National Parks Conservation Association ($600,000 over two years).

Through its Gun Violence Prevention and Justice Reform program, the foundation awarded twelve grants totaling $3.2 million. Recipients include the University of Texas at Austin ($308,277 over eighteen months), SocialSphere in Cambridge, Massachusetts ($265,000 over six months), and the American College of Preventive Medicine ($190,000). Through its Democracy program, the foundation awarded eight grants totaling $1.5 million, including grants to Trace Media ($300,000 over two years), the Illinois PIRG Education Fund ($150,000 over two years), and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago ($150,000 over two years). And the foundation awarded ten grants totaling $1.2 million through its Culture program, including grants to the Chicago Artists Coalition ($225,000 over three years), Free Street Theater ($75,000), and the Urban Gateways Center for Arts Education ($50,000).

“The Joyce Foundation Awards $14.2 Million in Grants.” Joyce Foundation Press Release 05/01/2018.