In the third quarter of 2016, the Coleman Foundation approved grants totaling $178,000 to non-profit organizations in support of the education program. These grants advance strategies articulated in the Foundation's Impact Plans. Among those receiving grants in this program area are:
$50,000 – For the Arts Entrepreneurship Education Initiatives
Chicago Artists Coalition's (CAC) goal is to provide and advance community-based entrepreneurial training for artists through diverse, relevant and high-quality programming, by activating partnerships with other organizations, businesses, academic programs, and individual entrepreneurs. CAC aims to build a community of learning, and to deepen artists' knowledge of the role that professionalization and entrepreneurship play in their creative practice.
$38,000 – Center for Entrepreneurship Co-curricular Programming & Staff Development
This grant is to support building of entrepreneurship through new co-curricular programs for students and faculty across campus and the community; and to develop faculty and staff to engage in entrepreneurship programming. Funding will also support the Center for Entrepreneurship through a transition phase after the retirement of the founder of the program and onboarding of new staff, faculty, and Center leadership.
$90,000 – Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA)
This grant for continued funding of the SEA Program, which includes support for the annual conference, regional events and workshops, virtual programming including a Mastermind Group, resource guides, and staff. SEA will continue developing educational content for the business of the arts, and partner with organizations such as Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC), Future Founders, Enactus student group, and colleges and universities. SEA will host the 17th annual conference on February 24th & 25th, 2017.