In the first quarter of 2017, the Coleman Foundation approved grants totaling $740,000 to non-profit organizations in support of the education program. These grants advance strategies articulated in the Foundation's Education Impact Plan. Among those receiving grants in this program area are:
Accion Chicago, IL
$200,000 – The Hatchery Chicago
The award is to support the creation of The Hatchery, a food business incubator in East Garfield Park, one of Chicago's highest-need neighborhoods, to help local food and beverage entrepreneurs scale successful businesses.
Beloit College, WI
$100,000 – 2017 CELEB Renovation
This capital project request completes an effort that was begun in 2003. The renovation project will update and expand the current Center for Entrepreneurship in Liberal Education at Beloit (CELEB) facilities to meet today’s demand for physical space, technology and more effective experiential learning.
Bunker Labs, IL
$90,000 – Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellowship for Student Veterans at Bunker Labs
The Coleman Fellowship at Bunker Labs is proposed as a one-year fellowship that will provide a cohort of up to 15 military veteran students drawn from various local universities with diverse and relevant hands-on experiences as they intern with existing veteran-led startups and cultivate their own startup ideas.
$300,000 – Farm on Ogden
The award is to support the Farm on Ogden, a partnership between the recipient’s urban agriculture initiative and Lawndale Christian Health Center, to create a community-based, local food entrepreneurship ecosystem to support new business development and growth in the region.
CodeNow Inc., IL
$50,000 – CodeNow 2.0
CodeNow is creating a scalable program model to empower thousands of underrepresented teenagers (aged 13-19) to begin career paths in technology and entrepreneurship. Students will learn how to solve problems with software and the entrepreneurial skills necessary to start their own technology ventures.