Past Grantees

Aspiramos Juntos

  • 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

Land, Health, Community

  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2017

    Midwest Pesticide Action Center

    To support the Midwest Grows Green education program in Urbana, which encourages residents to choose natural lawn care solutions through demonstrations at a public park.

    View Midwest Pesticide Action Center's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2017

    Faith in Place

    To continue the expansion of Green Teams within congregations in East Central Illinois to facilitate projects in the areas of sustainable food and land use, energy and climate, and water preservation.

    View Faith in Place's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2017

    Village of Strasburg

    To install permeable pavers at the site of the weekly farmers market. 

    View Village of Strasburg's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2017

    Prairie Rivers Network

    To expand their support for regenerative and organic agriculture practices in East Central Illinois that heal soil, protect water and wildlife, and grow food crops that can be marketed and consumed by local communities.

    View Prairie Rivers Network's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2017

    Sullivan Area Arts

    To support the establishment of a farmers market in downtown Sullivan and encourage consumption of local, healthy produce.

    View Sullivan Area Arts's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2017

    Forefront

    To support the organizational development of nonprofit organizations across the state of Illinois through an annual conference, a peer skills sharing program, and networking and educational meetings in East Central Illinois.

    View Forefront's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2017

    Sola Gratia Farm

     To expand access to and demand for fresh and healthy produce in low-income/limited access populations in Urbana and Champaign.

     

    View Sola Gratia Farm 's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2017

    Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund

     To support education and outreach among citizens and lawmakers and to advance policies that protect the vital ecology of Illinois.

    View Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2017

    Ride Illinois

    To support the creation of a municipal bicycle plan for the City of Charleston from Mattoon to Fox Ridge.

    View Ride Illinois's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2017

    Effingham Unit #40

    To encourage students in Effingham Unit #40 to adopt a healthy life style by exposing them to the benefit of eating foods that are grown in their own hydroponics gardening system.

    View Effingham Unit #40's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2016

    Global Philanthropy Partnership

    A strategic partnership contribution to support the FARM Illinois mission to coordinate policy, innovation, and leadership efforts across the food and agriculture systems in Illinois.

    View Global Philanthropy Partnership's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2016

    Fit-2-Serve

    To incubate a sustainable food center that is financially viable by 2020 and offer education and resources to farm, community, and school gardens

    View Fit-2-Serve's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2016

    Faith In Place

    To establish Green Teams in East Central Illinois’ faith communities that will set environmental goals and implement impactful and sustainable programs.

    View Faith In Place's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2016

    Millikin University

    To develop a Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FIE) Program in collaboration with National Foodworks Services (NFS) to further the training, development, and growth of food entrepreneurs in Central Illinois and beyond.

    View Millikin University's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2016

    St. Matthew Lutheran Church

    To purchase and install a high tunnel hoophouse that will extend the growing season, bring in increased income, and enhance ability to support the farm’s mission.

    View St. Matthew Lutheran Church's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2016

    The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois

    To inform residents in Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery County to support the local economy through growing, purchasing, preserving, and eating food produced within the four county region.

    View The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2016

    Prairie Rivers Network

    To develop the Regenerate Illinois Consortium connecting farmers in East Central Illinois with researchers, educators, local businesses, and nonprofits who can advance new and innovative farm practices around the region.

    View Prairie Rivers Network's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2016

    Illinois Stewardship Alliance

    To continue increasing consumption of healthy, local fruits and vegetables and other farm fresh products in Central Illinois through farmers, community organizations, retailers, restaurants, distributors, and consumers.

    View Illinois Stewardship Alliance's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2016

    Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund

    "To influence existing and locate new supporters of local and sustainable food in East Central Illinois, specifically farmers and local food business owners.

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    View Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2016

    The Land Connection

    To create a stronger local food system by increasing access to resources that help farm businesses be resilient and viable for a regional sustainable agricultural economy.

    View The Land Connection 's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2015

    Fit-2-Serve

    To expand gardening programs that provide job training for vulnerable populations, promote health by providing education and resources, and engage innovative green practices to increase food security in Mattoon.

    View Fit-2-Serve's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2015

    Prairie Rivers Network

    To identify farmers willing to participate in planning for on-farm demonstrations of harvestable biomass crops on marginal farmland.

    View Prairie Rivers Network's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2015

    Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund

    To support the use of a microtargeting database further sustainable agriculture policy work and increase the level of grassroots support for local food in East Central Illinois.

    View Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2015

    University of Illinois Extension Unit 19

    To teach youth about gardening, healthy eating, and healthy living in Coles, Douglas, and Cumberland Counties.

    View University of Illinois Extension Unit 19's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2015

    Edgar County Community Foundation

    To work with a variety of partners to provide community gardens to the residents of Edgar County.

    View Edgar County Community Foundation's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2015

    EIU - Biological Sciences

    To evaluate the potential of chestnuts and hazelnuts as sustainable crops in East Central Illinois by planting demonstration orchards at 4 schools for research and education.

    View EIU - Biological Sciences's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2015

    Experimental Station

    To provide funding, training, technical support, and data collection tools at the Urbana Farmers Market to implement Double Value Coupon Programs.

    View Experimental Station's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2015

    Illinois Farmers Market Association

    To increase WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program check redemption by providing incentive funding to farmers market organizers to help create collaborative special events with local community partners and local farmers.

    View Illinois Farmers Market Association's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2015

    Trees Forever

    To develop an edible walkway in Taylorville, IL using fruit and nut trees and train volunteers to properly plan and care for the trees.

    View Trees Forever 's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2015

    Prairie Rivers Network

    To partner with the Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District to develop a mailed newsletter targeting absentee landowners who own farmed land in E. Central Illinois in order to increase their awareness of water quality issues related to farming practices and encourage them to implement nutrient loss reduction practices on their land.

    View Prairie Rivers Network's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2015

    Seven Generations Ahead

    To expand membership in the Illinois Farm to School Network and to hold a Farm to School Conference in Springfield in 2016.

    View Seven Generations Ahead's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2015

    The Land Connection

    To develop a Guide to Organic Transition that will be available for free download on their Website.

    View The Land Connection 's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2015

    Illinois Stewardship Alliance

    To increase the availability and consumption of healthy farm-fresh foods in east central Illinois by building relationships between chefs, farmers, and retailers, holding Local Flavors Events, and educating consumers about the availability of local produced foods.

    View Illinois Stewardship Alliance's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2015

    Mattoon Area Family YMCA- Girls on the Run East Central Illinois

    To purchase snacks from local farmers or the farmers market for girls in the program.

    View Mattoon Area Family YMCA- Girls on the Run East Central Illinois's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2015

    Champaign County Forest Preserve District Foundation

    To undertake a conservation study to assess the hydrological and biological conditions of the natural wetland at the Point Pleasant location.

    View Champaign County Forest Preserve District Foundation's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2015

    FamilyFarmed

    To support the development of a Direct Market Success manual and educate east central Illinois produce farmers on practices in the manual.

    View FamilyFarmed's Website

NGEF

  • NGEF2017

    One Million Degrees

    To support the unique Scholar Development Program expansion to Harold Washington College (Chicago Loop). OMD exclusively serves and graduates low-income community college students through an innovative program model that fosters meaningful relationships between students and a network of campus-specific supporters who are "in their corner."

    View One Million Degrees's Website
  • NGEF2016

    Urban Services YMCA San Francisco

    To support the Peer Tutoring Program at Urban Services YMCA which identifies current high performing San Francisco high school juniors and seniors then trains, hires, and places them at one of our ten San Francisco school sites to tutor elementary, middle, or other high school youth. In addition to providing after-school help with academic work, this program also provides a pathway for the peer tutors to become eligible for permanent positions as after school program leaders for the YMCA of San Francisco.

    View Urban Services YMCA San Francisco's Website
  • NGEF2015

    Enlace Comunitario

    To help underwrite and enhance our Jovencitos Program so that young men who are witnesses of Domestic Violence can experience healthy male role modeling with the Intervention/Life Skills Specialist, learn appropriate relationship and communication skills, and stop the cycle of male violence.

    View Enlace Comunitario's Website