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2018-2019 Seed Grant Awardees

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American Indian Center
Chicago American Indian Community Conversations: Then, Now, Next

Today, the AIC strives to be the primary cultural and community resource for nearly 65,000 American Indians in Chicagoland’s six county region.  Chicago is the third largest urban Native American population in the country with over one-hundred tribal nations represented. With over 75% of all Native people living off-reservation and in urban settings, the AIC represents this emerging Native population shift, resulting in a diverse multi-tribal community in need of a common social and cultural place of gathering.  Through a combination of short-term relief services and long-term education and support programs, we seek to foster physical and spiritual health in the community, an active connection with traditional values and practices, stronger families with multigenerational bonds, and a rising generation of educated, articulate, and visionary youth.


Gads Hill Center
Building Leaders Youth: Engaging Youth and Their Peers in a Youth-Led Community

Gads Hill Center families face complex issues as they strive to build better lives. Our programs address some of the most pressing challenges facing working families throughout Chicago, including lack of resources and education. As a result:  

  • More than 600 children who complete Gads Hill Center early childhood programs are ready to succeed in grade school.
  • Of the youth that attended Gads Hill Center’s Teen Connection Program last year, 100% graduated from high school.
  • More than 15,000 children receive culturally and linguistically relevant education, resources and support services to help them and their families thrive.

Greater Chicago Food Depository
Understanding of the Intersectionality of Food Insecurity an Structural Violence

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is Chicago’s food bank. We provide food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community.

We do this in partnership with 700 agencies and programs including pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and responses for children, older adults and veterans. This network distributes food where it is needed most throughout Cook County.

Since 1979, the Food Depository has made a daily impact on hunger across Cook County. Last year, the Food Depository distributed nearly 70 million pounds of food, 38% of which was fresh produce. Every day we distribute the equivalent of 159,000 meals.

Our impact adds up and we have been recognized as one of the leading charities in Chicago. Learn more about how we make an impact on hunger every day.

The Food Depository is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks.


Roll Call Chicago in collaboration with ReCast, CDPH
Decreasing Recidivism: Empowering the Ex-Offender to Prevent the Next Offender

Roll Call’s vision for achieving unity by reconnecting ex-offenders and their communities through local action, self-determination, and mutual support networks reads like a playbook for solidarity. In fact, its members describe their challenge as helping Westhaven residents and ex-offenders harness their na nascent “solidarity as a people.” They argue that this solidarity will “make us a village, one people, one mindset, one strength” by underscoring the commitments that come from sharing the same interests in mending the neighborhood’s fractured physical and social infrastructure.


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