Meet the Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of Healing Illinois grants! Below is a list of the grant recipients and brief descriptions of their projects and activities.

Entity Funding Program Description County Region
6018NORTH NFP $10,000 "Expanding the Circle," a collaboration with TRAP House Chicago, to advance racial and economic justice through art and restorative justice training. Cook 1
A GIFT OF LOVE CHARITY INC $8,000 The creation of a community mural with the theme of healing racial inequities to being to cross the divide and spark conversation among unlikely friends. Jackson 5
ABOVE AND BEYOND FAMILY RECOVERY CENTER $30,000 A racial healing process group, "Off to the Races" into their existing 25 behavioral health therapeutic sessions. Cook 1
AMERICAN CAMPING ASSOCIATION ILLINOIS SECTION $30,000 Utilizing Summer Camps to Help Heal Illinois, a project that will provide essential and needed training opportunities for the professionals who operate summer camps, both day and overnight. Cook 1
AUGUSTANA COLLEGE $5,000 Hidden Conversations, a new series of online conversations about racial inequities in the Quad Cities that will culminate with March 11 Power of Words event. Rock Island 3
AUSTIN PEOPLES ACTION CENTER $30,000 Restorative Justice Hubs, a community site that offers effective violence prevention and intervention strategies for street-involved and "at risk" youth. Cook 1
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF FREEPORT & STEPHENSON COUNTY $8,100 Remote listening circles to invoke informative, candid and empathetic discussion to begin the healing process in Freeport. Stephenson 2
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF ELGIN $45,000 Raise Your Voice, a social justice program for teens, which will focus on establishing a Social Justice Club in Middle and High School sites in Elgin. Kane 2
BRUSHWOOD CENTER AT RYERSON WOODS $10,000 Collaborative Conversations: Anti-Racism and the Environment, a series of virtual community discussion centered on racism, community and care for the environment. Lake 2
BY THE HAND CLUB FOR KIDS $30,000 Opportunities for staff to build and enhance knowledge in areas of bias and unconscious bias, allyship and trauma-informed care. Cook 1
CENTER FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION $20,000 Anti-racism training for staff members and volunteers, and facilitate On the Table-style community gatherings open to the public. Cook 1
CENTER FOR YOUTH AND FAMILY SOLUTIONS $15,000 Opportunities for staff to participate in anti-racism trainings and develop a Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), these committees will provide a safe environment for young people to develop advocacy and leadership skills. Peoria 3
CHICAGO METAMORPHOSIS ORCHESTRA PROJECT NFP $10,000 BreathingRoomcs, a project designed to engage young musicians and their families in activities that explore the complexities of racism in our society and what can be done to contribute to dismantling the structures that uphold it. Cook 1
CHICAGO TORTURE JUSTICE CENTER $12,000 Politicized Healing Collective (PHC) and Mental Health 101 trainings to create a safe, nurturing space for survivors of trauma and those working to dismantle harmful systems and structural violence. Cook 1
CHICAGO YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA $15,000 Continued anti-racism work through a partnership with New Roots: Growing Anti-Racist and Anti-Bias Communities (New Roots). Cook 1
CHILD CARE RESOURCE & REFERRAL $50,000 Virtual dialogues to engage families, staff and partner child development programs focused on socio-economic issues, schools, resources, and jobs negatively affected by the current racial divide. Will 2
COLLABOR ACTION THEATRE COMPANY INC $10,000 Family Tree Circle method to examine racism and white supremacy, the work focuses on "Truth" within the company's larger "Truth, Racial Healing and Reconciliation" project. Cook 1
COLLEGE OF DUPAGE $38,000 College of DuPage's Equity Connection initiative, a catalyst in promoting dialogue on important civic topics in order to bring about racial and cultural equity. DuPage 2
COMMUNITIES UNITED $20,000 Youth-led community mural and a series of virtual youth-led and intergenerational racial healing events. Cook 1
COOK COUNTY HEALTH AND HOSPITAL SYSTEM $30,000 Dialogues about race, equity, and racial healing with patients and community residents on Community Advisory Councils, and provide trainings opportunities for staff and Community Advisory Council members about racism and racial equity. Cook 1
CORNERSTONE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION NFP $10,000 "Healing for the Southland," a program focused on racial and class issues that have prolonged many disadvantaged areas in south suburban Cook county. Through virtual workshops, Share Your Southland Story peace circles, and 1-on-1 check-ins, CCDC will promote societal healing and solutions to thwart racial inequity. Cook 1
COUNCIL FOR JEWISH ELDERLY $30,000 A storytelling project to support meaningful dialogue regarding race and racism among older adults. Cook 1
EDUCARE OF WEST DUPAGE $25,000 Racial equity project focused on topics of unconscious bias, colorism, equity for immigrants and Latinx history. DuPage 2
ELGIN AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY $10,000 Protest art documentary and community mural to document this moment in time, its impact and help define a way forward. Kane 2
ENRICH CHICAGO $50,000 A state-wide anti-racism learning circle in partnership with Arts Alliance of Illinois. Cook 1
EX-CONS FOR COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL CHANGE $10,000 The Ex-Cons for Peace Project, peace and healing circles to engage youth ages 13-24 in a process of reconciliation, responsibility, and community healing. Cook 1
FAITH COALITION FOR THE COMMON GOOD INC $10,000 A series of three facilitated learning events to develop and enhance understanding of racial justice between Springfield residents. Sangamon 4
GARY COMER YOUTH CENTER $18,000 South-side Chicago's youth racial healing process through a rigorous exploration of social justice issues combined with artistic self-expression to produce a body of work within the context of longstanding historical racial injustices and current events. Cook 1
GIRLS IN THE GAME NFP $30,000 Girls in the Game Teen Squad members develop a social justice curriculum and virtually coach a group of After School participants by the end of January. Cook 1
HEALTHCARE ALTERNATIVE SYSTEMS INC $20,000 Racial equity training for staff. Cook 1
HEARTLAND ALLIANCE FOR HUMAN NEEDS & HUMAN RIGHTS $30,000 Racial Healing Circles and Anti-Racism Discussion Circles to engage staff in healing through dialogue and action. Cook 1
HENRY WILLIAMS FOUNDATION OF LOVE $5,000 The Dumas Echo Project seeks to initiate healing with poets suffering from racial-based trauma so their writings become roadmaps for others seeking healing. Cook 1
HOPE CENTER FOUNDATION $10,000 Righteous Rage, a series of discussions focused on traumatic experiences and racial inequities encountered by African American youth residing in disadvantaged communities. Cook 1
I GROW CHICAGO NFP $25,000 HEART initiative, a comprehensive anti-racism and equity strategy to imbue all levels of the organization and community with the tools to more effectively advance racial equity by promoting dialogue across communities, facilitate learning for stakeholders, and ensure the mission is represented throughout their operations. Cook 1
ILLINOIS ARTS ALLIANCE (DBA ARTS ALLIANCE ILLINOIS) $40,000 Statewide anti-racism learning groups for the creative sector by implementing anti-racism workshops and ongoing accountability groups for creative and cultural organizations throughout Illinois. Cook 1
ILLINOIS COALITION AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT $12,000 The Listening, Healing, and Moving Forward project will expand understanding of racism and its intersection with sexual violence for coalition staff. Sangamon 4
ILLINOIS PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION $40,000 Expansion of Healing Ambassadors and amplifying healing stories Sangamon 4
ILLINOIS PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTE $30,000 Listening sessions and in-depth storytelling interviews with moms and breastfeeding support providers to learn more about how implicit bias and racism have impacted their breastfeeding experience/ability to support breastfeeding families. Cook 1
IMMIGRANT SOLIDARITY DUPAGE $15,000 Latino community psychology/peace circles to talk about the community's reality and its challenges, seeking to see clearly without judgment, ideologies or schematics in a safe space with supportive peers in Spanish. DuPage 2
INSTITUTE FOR POSITIVE LIVING $10,000 The Peace & Healing Circle will provide a virtual platform for participants to focus on current concerns of ongoing/underlying racial systemic issues and solutions Cook 1
JAMES B MORAN CENTER FOR YOUTH ADVOCACY $30,000 Trainings in restorative practices to emerging BIPOC adults and elders. Cook 1
JOHN R AND ELEANOR R MITCHELL FOUNDATION $6,000 My House!, a collaborative project to develop a district-wide curriculum for Mt. Vernon School District 80 to address racial justice and social equity in a unique way that encourages local school children (and peripheral participants) to celebrate their differences. Jefferson 5
JOIN HANDS ESL INC $15,000 Ubuntu Center for Peace Racial Justice, training for board, staff and volunteers to enhance knowledge in racial justice, and development of an advisory board to guide and prioritize the center's racial justice and equity work. St. Clair 5
LATIN WOMEN IN ACTION $18,000 Staff and community learning sessions and healing circles focused on racial justice Cook 1
LEWIS UNIVERSITY $38,000 A series of restorative justice trainings, community dialogue, and youth digital arts programming. Will 2
MACOUPIN ART COLLECTIVE $12,000 Community-wide mural that exemplifies the interconnectedness of the community, while creating conversation about inclusivity through a large outdoor mural. Macoupin 4
MAHOMET-SEYMOUR COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT 3 $45,000 The process of racial healing and growth for transformational social emotional learning (SEL) work in which young people and adults collaboratively co-examine, develop, and implement solutions that addresses the root causes of inequity. Champaign 3
MIKVA CHALLENGE GRANT FOUNDATION INC $30,000 Organizational knowledge and understanding of racial justice as well as promote open dialogue amongst staff and youth. Cook 1
NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE $20,000 "Dialogue across Differences" workshops, faculty roundtables on antiracist and inclusive teaching, restorative justice training, teach-ins and keynote as part of MLK Day and Black History Month, and a campus climate survey and focus groups. DuPage 2
NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOD BANK $25,000 Build capacity within the organization to center the experiences of the neighbors they serve through program development efforts in 2021, and subscribing to Listen4Good Online Plus, a tool that will help the Food Bank develop robust feedback loops within its programs to collect and incorporate client feedback effectively, driving more neighbor-centered strategy and program development. Kane 2
OAK PARK REGIONAL HOUSING CENTER $20,000 The formation of affinity groups representing multiple races for dialogue that will eventually come together with others in a conference to empower everyone to take an active role in understanding, healing and minimizing racism. Cook 1
OAKTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE $30,000 Anti-racism educational tracks offering professional development opportunities, tracks will focus on African American History and linguistic justice. Cook 1
OPEN STUDIO PROJECT INC $8,000 Artmaking encouraging racial healing through visual arts, creative writing and sharing. Cook 1
PARAMOUNT ARTS CENTRE INC $40,000 The Paramount Inception Project, a project committed to creating artist driven, courageous, and thought provoking art in a radically inclusive environment. Paramount will workshop two plays, written by two BIPOC playwrights, to be directed and performed by BIPOC artists to amplify these voices. Kane 2
PRAIZE PRODUCTIONS INC $10,000 Conscious Conversations, an artistic tool to help process thoughts and emotions. Cook 1
PROJECT OZ $40,000 Youth Empowered Schools (YES) program to expand the use of restorative practices and bring racial healing circles to students in McLean County. McLean 3
PROJECT VISION, Inc. $10,000 The Dialogue Series aims to create a supportive space for first-generation Chinese American parents to examine personal experiences of discrimination, connect these experiences to broader issues of systemic racism, and finally to confront anti-Blackness in immigrant Asian communities. Cook 1
PUERTO RICAN ARTS ALLIANCE $10,000 The El Archivo Project intends to develop an educational guide/curriculum as a resource for instructors, teachers, researchers, and facilitators that will equip pedagogies with educational material for the development of inter-cultural classroom dialogs. Cook 1
QUAD CITIES INTERFAITH SPONSORING COMMITTEE $13,000 A series of trainings regarding bringing racial equity to oppressive systems and healing circle conversations with community members. Scott 4
QUAD CITY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTER $10,000 Forums that brings many parts of the community as possible, to participate in discussions, share personal stories and experiences, clarify viewpoints, and develop solutions to community concerns as it relates to racial inequities. Madison 5
RAUE CENTER FOR THE ARTS INC $38,000 Our Voices/Our Town- a new monthly community engagement series where we will present the work of artists, local community leaders, and national activists as they explore racial justice through the medium of the arts. McHenry 2
ROCKFORD AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY $4,000 Training to our organizational leaders (staff and board) as well as to offer a short-term educational series to volunteers and community partners on the relationship between systemic racism and housing. Winnebago 2
SINNISSIPPI CENTERS INC $45,000 Train Sinnissippi Center's staff in diversity, racism, privilege, restorative justice, implicit bias, and inclusion to improve awareness and decrease prejudice. Ogle 2
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION INC $18,000 A series of workgroups and discussions with community leaders on a range of racial equity topics, and internal training to all levels of SIHF and TRH staff in order to improve workplace interactions, both with fellow staff and patients being served. St. Clair 5
SOUTHWEST ORGANIZING PROJECT $20,000 SWOP will expand its partnership with Still We RISE (SWR). SWOP and SWR will create new spaces for more community and staff action and partner with community stakeholders to create youth, Black, and Latinx only spaces to continue racial healing, promote dialogue, cross-racial/cross-cultural learning and build connections between Black and Brown communities. Cook 1
SPANISH COMMUNITY CENTER $30,000 Racial healing project in Joliet, including a 1) community mural, 2) anti-racist trainings for local leaders, and 3) peace circles. Will 2
STATELINE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS INC $5,000 South Beloit Boys & Girls Club will be focusing its efforts on racial injustice by having employees work together on learning about systematic racism and prejudices ; with the main focus on how racism can seep into the Club environment and how we can work together to counteract racial injustices and prejudices within the Club and out in the community. Winnebago 2
THE JOSSELYN CENTER NFP $30,000 Partner with Single Story, Inc. to deepen Josselyn Center's racial understanding and weave anti-racism throughout our organization and services. Cook 1
The UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK $40,000 A restorative practice approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) is needed for communities to collectively heal from the racialized cycle of violence and injustices. Utilizing a variety of conversational methods, Illinois parents and educators will engage in authentic dialogue to explore and understand change-creating a roadmap to racial healing. Champaign 3
THE WEST SIDE SHOW ROOM $5,000 Racial Justice EDI (Equity Diversity Inclusion) Workshops designed to meet the needs of Rockford area arts organizations, their leaders, and participants. Winnebago 2
TRUE BELIEVERS COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS $10,000 High school age youth in Youth Development Program, restorative justice infused peer group discussions to learn the social-emotional skills needed for adulthood. Cook 1
UNITED WAY OF CHAMPAIGN COUNTY ILLINOIS INC $35,000 Virtual 21-week equity challenge across the state Champaign 3
UNITED WAY OF CHAMPAIGN COUNTY ILLINOIS INC $108,900 Train-the-trainer models to lay the ground work for continued racial equity work, and re-granting to partners serving McLean, Livingston, Vermilion, Iroquois and Ford counties. Champaign 3
UNITED WAY OF DECATUR AND MID ILLINOIS $125,000 Re-granting to partners serving Hancock County; Adams & Pike Counties; Brown & Schuyler Counties; Green, Morgan, Cass, Scott Counties; Menard, Sangamon Counties, Logan County, Christian County, Effingham County; Douglas County; Cole, Cumberland Counties; Edgar County; and DeWitt, Macon, Moultries, Piatt, Shelby Counties. Macon 4
UNITED WAY OF NORTHWEST ILLINOIS INC $125,000 As United Way of Northwest Illinois we provide support and services throughout a three county region in northwest Illinois. Through this program, we will partner with our neighboring United Way to reach the entire region of Northwest Illinois through the counties of, Stephenson, Jo Daviess, Carroll, Winnebago, Boone and Ogle. Stephenson 2
URBAN INITIATIVES INC $20,000 Partnership with the Chicago Learning Exchange (CLX) to create a Racial Equity and Healing Community of Practice (CoP) for Chicago's youth development network. Cook 1
URBANA NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTIONS CENTER $15,000 Expansion of current social and emotional development groups (H.O.P.E. -Helping Other People Evolve groups), and formation of H.O.P.E. Challenge: Racism, Reactions, and Recovery Initiative which will serve as a community-based empowerment forum through which youth and adults benefit from culturally relevant, supportive and progressive experiences Champaign 3
VIETNAMESE ASSO OF ILLINOIS $28,000 Community Education Project, which focuses on empowering diverse communities to challenge racist structures through facilitated learning and conversations. Cook 1
WEST SIDE JUSTICE CENTER INC $35,000 Healing Justice activities via digital storytelling as a method to facilitate dialogues about race, community defense, food justice, and healing. By digitizing the Movement Justice Gallery's Black Panther Party exhibit (2017-2019), the WJC will engage individual members of the BPP and community members from the Westside of Chicago in an interactive project to offer dialogue, intergenerational collaboration, learning, and foster deeper connections. Cook 1
WOMENS CENTER INCORPORATED $25,000 Activities to address the long history of racial disparities in southern Illinois, including virtual conversations, Blackout Tuesdays and community support opportunities. Jackson 5
YMCA AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN $35,000 A dialogue series of community dialogues and a post-election community forum about racial healing. Champaign 3
YOUNG WOMENS CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF METROPOLITAN CHICAGO $50,000 Inclusion Chicago designed to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the marketplace, using workplaces as a key channel for social impact. Cook 1
YOUTH GUIDANCE $8,000 Workshops designed to assist program staff with meeting the challenges of the current environment, thus ensuring that they can best support the more than 13,000 students impacted by the agency throughout the year Cook 1
YWCA EVANSTON NORTH SHORE $30,000 We will promote dialogue by facilitating a panel conversation on reparative justice initiatives to build connection, understanding, and empathy within and across communities. Using a team of 25 local practitioners, we will seed connection by expanding our offerings of Racial Healing Circles, to uplift personal stories to build community through deeper interpersonal interactions. We will facilitate learning by creating a resource hub to advance knowledge and understanding of racial justice. Cook 1
YWCA NORTHWESTERN ILLINOIS $18,000 Provide training to law enforcement in Winnebago and Boone Counties to introduce implicit bias and cultural competency, highlighting racial, gender, disability, and LGBTQ biases. Winnebago 2
YWCA OF ALTON $12,000 Dialogue & education about anti-racism in Madison County. We'll offer recurring free events to generate deeper healing & transformative interactions among races. Events include: family story times, healing circles, & awareness building groups. Madison 5
YWCA OF MCLEAN COUNTY $30,000 Children, ages 5-12, will receive educational lessons using the Anti-Bias Curriculum. 118 YWCA McLean County staff will discuss racial justice issues through facilitators conducting virtual conversations twice monthly. Social media will be utilized to reach YWCA clients, families, and the community in offering training webinars, resource lists, and educational tools focusing on racial healing and racial inequality. McLean 3

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