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Aspiramos Juntos

Aspiramos Juntos (We Hope Together) is a grant making program offered to organizations in the Chicago region by the Lumpkin Family Foundation. The program’s vision and grantmaking guidelines reflect the aspirations of those members of the Lumpkin family who make their homes in the area.

We hope together that…

  • Our behavior as individuals and as a community sustain the planet for future generations.
  • ALL in our community have access to healthy food that is both affordable and sustainably produced.
  • Our children eat well, are physically active, and spend time outdoors.

Our Fall 2018 Aspiramos Juntos Grant Cycle will be open for letters of inquiry (LOIs) starting September 21, 2018.  LOIs will be due October 12; full applications invited by October 26 with applications due November 26, and final decisions will be made by December 21.  All LOIs and applications are accepted online

    Focus of Support

    We are interested in receiving proposals from organizations that:

    • Support opportunities for children in/out of school to engage physically with and to learn about the natural world, to eat well, and to make the most of their innate sense of justice and caring for others and the planet.
    • Encourage collaboration among organizations and people working on matters related to environmental sustainability and climate change.
    • Support the development of a healthy, local food system.
    • Preserve and protect important natural places in the Chicago region.

    Please direct inquiries on the Aspiramos Juntos to:

    Bruce Karmazin

    Executive Director
    Phone: 217-234-5915

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    Aspiramos Juntos Grantees

    • Aspiramos JuntosSpring 2018

      The WasteShed

      To support environmental education about “creative reuse” and preventing waste, with a focus on children and youth, teacher support, and school programming.

      View The WasteShed's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosSpring 2018

      Gardeneers

      To expand programming at 4 partner schools North Lawndale and to serve each of the partner schools twice per week and double the students directly served in the school garden programs to total 520 students.  To also implement a Student Run Community Farm stand each week for parents and neighbors of each school.

      View Gardeneers's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosSpring 2018

      Grow Greater Englewood

      GGE will provide an infrastructure and assist local urban farmers to create economically viable community-based farm enterprises along the elevated rail viaduct between 58th and 59th Streets in Chicago. Englewood Community Farms will provide land, shared equipment, and entrepreneurship training for 4-5 for-profit or cooperative farming operations on contiguous parcels of land.

      View Grow Greater Englewood's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosSpring 2018

      Openlands

      To support Building School Gardens which works with 58 Chicago Public Schools to care for and maintain their school garden as both an outdoor classroom during school and a neighborhood park after school and on the weekends. The program aims to foster the next generation of environmental stewards by building awareness of and respect for the natural world while improving the quality of life for the entire community.

      View Openlands's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosSpring 2018

      Advocates for Urban Agriculture

      To support a new individualized training initiative to help growers scale and professionalize their operations, as well as expanded outreach that will deliver education, mentoring, and resources to existing and potential growers in some of Chicago's most distressed communities. 

      View Advocates for Urban Agriculture's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosSpring 2018

      Plant Chicago

      To support Closed Loop in the Classroom, an initiative of Plant Chicago, which educates K-12 students in Chicago about closed loop food systems and healthy, sustainable food practices. In addition to education, the initiative will increase community participation in Plant Chicago’s year-round farmers market, Cooking Matters, and new Community Learning Circle.

      View Plant Chicago's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosSpring 2018

      Big Green

      To support two programmatic activities within our Learning Garden schools:  Edible Garden Initiative and Garden-Based Education Initiative which ensure integration and implementation of Learning Garden programming in the classroom and school culture, and teach the teachers to use their Learning Garden to its fullest extent across grade levels and subjects. 

      View Big Green's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2017

      Enlace Chicago

      To support the development of resident-run garden spaces in the Little Village community with environmental and health-related programming in the gardens.  View Enlace Chicago 's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2017

      Purple Asparagus

      To support the Delicious Nutritious Adventures program and Family Cooking Program, which helps students explore a new healthy ingredient each month by learning about it, tasting it, and cooking with it to schools in Austin, North Austin, Galewood, Back of the Yards, Canaryville, New City, and Humboldt Park communities.  View Purple Asparagus's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2017

      Chicago Academy of Sciences

      To support the Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods across Chicago through self-determined service projects that address environmental sustainability issues in their own communities.  View Chicago Academy of Sciences 's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2017

      Chicago Youth Centers

      To support the Lean and Green Project to provide fresh produce, support urban farming and aquaponics education, and to teach youth and their families how to prepare healthy meals as they develop a lifestyle focused on health, wellness, nutrition, and environmental sustainability.  View Chicago Youth Centers's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2017

      Erie Elementary Charter School

      To support the Health and Wellness Initiative, which increases students' knowledge and understanding of nutrition and healthy eating, as well as their participation in physical activity. They will also offer parent workshops focusing on nutrition and culinary education to make healthy food choices on a limited budget. View Erie Elementary Charter School 's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2017

      Institute of Cultural Affairs

      To support the Nourish Comm(unity) series to coordinate four cross-cultural events exploring various ways Chicago communities employ sustainability to enhance their community, culture, and connections to address the challenge of siloed efforts and competition within the field of sustainability and climate change.

      View Institute of Cultural Affairs's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2017

      Garfield Park Community Council

      To support the Garfield Park Community Wellness Initiative develop its staff team and programs as they use the production of fresh, local food as a tool for rebuilding social and economic infrastructure on Chicago's West Side.  View Garfield Park Community Council's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2017

      Openlands

      To support the Building School Gardens program which works with 58 Chicago Public Schools across the city to use their school garden as an extension of the classroom, impacting more than 38,000 students daily. View Openlands's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2017

      The Kitchen Community

      To support school Learning Gardens with Edible Garden and Garden-Based Education Initiatives.  These initiatives ensure that school leaders are prepared to utilize the Learning Garden to its fullest extent, broadening their skills in outdoor, experiential education and giving them tools with which to engage students.

      View The Kitchen Community's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2017

      Alliance for the Great Lakes

      To support the "Educating the Next Generation of Great Lake Stewards in the Chicago Area" program which works to advance Great Lakes stewardship and restoration efforts.  View Alliance for the Great Lakes's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2017

      Plant Chicago, NFP

      To support Closed Loop in the Classroom which is an initiative of Plant Chicago that educates K-12 students in Chicago about closed loop food systems and healthy, sustainable food practices. In addition to education, the initiative will increase community participation in the year round farmers market run by Plant Chicago. Plant Chicago operates out of the Back of the Yards neighborhood, a low-income community located on the southside of Chicago.

      View Plant Chicago, NFP's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2017

      Healthy Schools Campaign

      To support the Change for Good program which seeks to transform Chicago schools and classrooms into environments that ensure children have the opportunity to eat well, be physically active and spend time outdoors.  View Healthy Schools Campaign's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2017

      The WasteShed

      To support environmental education about “creative reuse” and preventing waste, with a focus on children, teacher support, and school programming.

      View The WasteShed's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2017

      Peterson Garden Project

      To support programs that offer lifelong learning opportunities which give at-risk families, youth, and seniors access to fresh, homegrown food and skills to prepare it.  View Peterson Garden Project's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2017

      Advocates for Urban Agriculture

      To support expansion and capacity of community gardens and farms in at-risk Chicago neighborhoods.  View Advocates for Urban Agriculture's Website
    • Aspiramos Juntos Spring2016

      Healthy Schools Campaign

      To support Change for Good, an effort to transform Chicago schools and classrooms into environments that ensure children have the opportunity to eat well, be physically active and spend time outdoors.

      View Healthy Schools Campaign's Website
    • Aspiramos Juntos Spring2016

      Chicago Horticultural Society (dba Chicago Botanic Garden)

      To support Windy City Harvest (WCH), a program that trains at least 170 Chicago youth and adults, including ex-offenders, in sustainable urban agriculture and creates access to 55000 servings of fresh produce for low-income residents in the Chicago region’s food insecure communities, such as North Lawndale, Austin, Pilsen, and Washington Park.

      View Chicago Horticultural Society (dba Chicago Botanic Garden)'s Website
    • Aspiramos Juntos Spring2016

      Openlands

      To support the Building School Gardens program which works with Chicago Public Schools across the city to use their school garden as an extension of their classroom.

      View Openlands's Website
    • Aspiramos Juntos Spring2016

      Peterson Garden Project

      To support a community-based food education program to ensure that everyone in their community has access to healthy food that is both affordable and sustainably produced. Education in organic gardening and home cooking classes at PGP’s network of 8 community gardens, a high school garden, and the Community Cooking School, all in neighborhoods with a high percentage of at-risk families, will be part of the program.

      View Peterson Garden Project's Website
    • Aspiramos Juntos Spring2016

      NeighborSpace

      To support the Jardincito Community Stewardship Project which will result in effective stewardship and meaningful engagement at the Jardincito nature play garden in Little Village, the Chicago neighborhood with the least amount of open green space per capita.

      View NeighborSpace's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2016

      Garfield Park Community Council

      To support the Garfield Park Community Wellness Initiative, an effort that is using the production of fresh, local food as a means of rebuilding social and economic infrastructure on Chicago's West Side.

      View Garfield Park Community Council's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2016

      Growing Home, Inc.

      To support Growing Home’s project “Expanding Local Food in Englewood” which aims to encourage the development of a robust food system and thriving green corridor in Greater Englewood.

      View Growing Home, Inc.'s Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2016

      Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods

      To support the Caminando con Cuentos project which will help bilingual 1st to 5th grade students from Highwood, Round Lake and Waukegan, IL, be physically active in a welcoming, natural environment, become more aware of local nature, and establish a stronger sense of place through story and writing.

      View Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2016

      Purple Asparagus

      To support the Family Cooking Program (FCP) as a supplement to its Delicious Nutritious Adventures (DNA) programming in 14 schools located in the following Chicago communities: Austin, Hermosa, Irving Park, Lincoln Square, Lakeview, West Town, New City (Back of the Yards), Armour Square, Near South Side, Humboldt Park, West Town, Dunning, and Portage Park. .

      View Purple Asparagus's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2016

      Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry

      To support the Surplus Project, an innovative collaboration developed to reduce food waste; increase access to healthy, convenient meals; and reduce food insecurity in our community.

      View Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2016

      FamilyFarmed

      General Support for FamilyFarmed which is based in Chicago and serves farmers and Good Food communities all over the United States.

      View FamilyFarmed's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2016

      Green Community Connections/One Earth Film Festival

      To support the 2017 One Earth Film Fest - Building Impact through Community Engagement, Phase 2

      View Green Community Connections/One Earth Film Festival's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2016

      Seven Generations Ahead

       To support SGA's comprehensive portfolio of program work and general operations.

      View Seven Generations Ahead's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2015

      Green Community Connections/One Earth Film Festival

      To subsidize first-time film events in hard-to-reach communities, and to support the development of an improved system to measure our impact.

      View Green Community Connections/One Earth Film Festival's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2015

      Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC)

      To support AGC's unique initiatives, including their food program, community engagement and expanded learning opportunities, and International Baccalaureate Programme.

      View Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC)'s Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2015

      Universidad Popular

      To support the Parent And Children Together (PACT) project which will provide fitness, nutrition and cooking lessons to families in the Pilsen/Little Village Community of Chicago.

      View Universidad Popular's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2015

      Alliance for the Great Lakes

      To support Educating the Next Generation of Great Lakes Stewards in Chicago Area which will recruit 5000 plus volunteers to work 60 coastal sites in IL, work with 150 educators in IL on Great Lakes in My World curriculum, link stewardship efforts to expanded on-the-ground projects, as well as local and regional policies, and evaluate the impact on the citizens and youth.

      View Alliance for the Great Lakes's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2015

      Chicago Arts Orchestra

      To support Paisajes Musicales, a music education program bringing young people, especially from low-income families and communities of color, into direct contact with professional classical musicians. .

      View Chicago Arts Orchestra's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2015

      Growing Home, Inc.

      To reach more individuals by extending their farm stand hours, offering their workshops to new audiences through organizational partnerships, and increasing the amount of their organic produce that reaches low-income individuals.

      View Growing Home, Inc.'s Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2015

      Seven Generations Ahead

      General support for SGA. The desired outcomes include positive changes with respect to core sustainability indicators that we measure including community and institution energy consumption; renewable energy procurement; greenhouse gas emissions; waste diverted from landfill; total waste generated; community and institution potable water consumption; vehicle miles traveled; public transit use; miles of bike lanes; new green infrastructure additions; and other project-specific process measures.

      View Seven Generations Ahead's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2015

      Purple Asparagus

      To deliver the Delicious Nutritious Adventures (DNA) programming to an entire grade level during the 2016/17 school year in Chicago Public Schools. Students will gain an interest in whole fruits and vegetables, learn how to make healthy food choices, learn how to talk about food, and increase fruit and vegetable consumption. Their families will receive simple and healthy recipes and be motivated to cook more at home.

      View Purple Asparagus's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2015

      Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry

      To support The Surplus Project, an innovative collaboration developed to reduce food waste, increase access to healthy, convenient meals, and reduce food insecurity in our community.

      View Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry's Website
    • Aspiramos JuntosFall2015

      Plant Chicago, NFP

      To educate K-12 students in Chicago about closed loop food systems and healthy, sustainable food practices. The initiative will also increase community participation in the year round farmers market run by Plant Chicago.

      View Plant Chicago, NFP's Website