2021 Grants Accepted through October the 15th

✨New Educational Grant Opportunity✨

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Presence Mercy Medical Center/Amita Health

The Dunham Fund is proud to partner with Presence Mercy Medical Center/Amita Health to build a new, innovative mental health unit within the main hospital. The Behavior Health Crisis Stabilization Unit, is a calm, safe, therapeutic environment created for individuals presenting at the hospital in a mental health crisis. It is located close to the Emergency Department where specialized care is easily accessible but removes them from the upsetting environment frequently witnessed inside the Emergency Department. The $400,000 grant will be paid over a two year time period.

With over 5,750 behavioral health assessments provided in 2017, Presence Mercy Medical Center is anticipating that the Behavior Health Crisis Stabilization Unit will help decrease the number of behavioral health patients admitted to the Emergency Department by 70%, as well as decrease the throughput time for behavioral health patients (the time elapsed from admission to discharge).

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Mutual Ground

This grant from the Dunham Foundation supports Mutual Ground’s contracting with the Illinois Facility Fund to conduct a feasibility study for Mutual Ground’s building expansion and strategic plan.

This grant from the Dunham Foundation supports Mutual Ground’s contracting with the Illinois Facility Fund to conduct a feasibility study for Mutual Ground’s building expansion and strategic plan.

Fox Valley Patriotic Organization

This grant provides supports fundraising efforts to build a Flag Day Monument in Batavia, IL. This monument, the first of its kind, honors Dr. Bernard Cigrand, a Batavian who had the vision to create a day to commemorate the adoption of the American Flag, and unfolds our nation’s history beginning in 1776 and continuing through today.

This grant provides supports fundraising efforts to build a Flag Day Monument in Batavia, IL. This monument, the first of its kind, honors Dr. Bernard Cigrand, a Batavian who had the vision to create a day to commemorate the adoption of the American Flag, and unfolds our nation’s history beginning in 1776 and continuing through today.

Community Foundation of the Fox River

This sponsorship supports CFFRV’s Lasting Legacy Gala, celebrating its 75th anniversary of serving the greater Fox Valley area.

This sponsorship supports CFFRV’s Lasting Legacy Gala, celebrating its 75th anniversary of serving the greater Fox Valley area.

Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation

This sponsorship supports Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation’s 10th Annual Stand Up for Kids spring fundraiser.

This sponsorship supports Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation’s 10th Annual Stand Up for Kids spring fundraiser.

Three Fires Council – Boy Scouts of America

This grant supports the Three Fires Council and its efforts to expand programming to include mental and behavioral health education and support for youth in the Aurora area.

This grant supports the Three Fires Council and its efforts to expand programming to include mental and behavioral health education and support for youth in the Aurora area.

The Neighbor Project

This grant supports The Neighbor Project’s financial counseling services for the Aurora Financial Empowerment Center, counseling individuals to help bring them and their families out of poverty.

This grant supports The Neighbor Project’s financial counseling services for the Aurora Financial Empowerment Center, counseling individuals to help bring them and their families out of poverty.

Wayside Cross Ministries

This grant supports Wayside Cross Ministries’ capital improvements at their Lifespring Center and programming at their Urban Youth Ministry (UYM). The UYM program provides tutoring and mentoring support to Aurora-area students during the school year and summer programming.

This grant supports Wayside Cross Ministries’ capital improvements at their Lifespring Center and programming at their Urban Youth Ministry (UYM). The UYM program provides tutoring and mentoring support to Aurora-area students during the school year and summer programming.

Waubonsee Community College

This grant from the Dunham Foundation supports Waubonsee Community College’s Bridge to the Bi-Lingual Paraprofessional Program to help meet the immense need for bilingual professionals in the classroom.

This grant from the Dunham Foundation supports Waubonsee Community College’s Bridge to the Bi-Lingual Paraprofessional Program to help meet the immense need for bilingual professionals in the classroom.

TriCity Family Services

This grant from the Dunham Foundation supports TriCity Family Services as they continue to providing vital counseling services to the growing number of those in need of mental health support in the greater Aurora area.

This grant from the Dunham Foundation supports TriCity Family Services as they continue to providing vital counseling services to the growing number of those in need of mental health support in the greater Aurora area.

The Aurora Catholic Educational Foundation –

50th Anniversary of the Aurora Catholic Education Foundation

50th Anniversary of the Aurora Catholic Education Foundation

Serenity House

This grant allows Serenity House to expand its teen mental health and wellness & substance use prevention ambassador project to schools throughout the Aurora area.

This grant allows Serenity House to expand its teen mental health and wellness & substance use prevention ambassador project to schools throughout the Aurora area.

Quad County Urban League

This grant will allow Quad County Urban League to provide support to over 150 participants who experience barriers to completing the program such as childcare, housing, and transportation needs.

This grant will allow Quad County Urban League to provide support to over 150 participants who experience barriers to completing the program such as childcare, housing, and transportation needs.

Pigment International

This grant provides sponsorship support for Pigment International Foundation’s Black Fine Art Month Salon Talk.

This grant provides sponsorship support for Pigment International Foundation’s Black Fine Art Month Salon Talk.

Paramount Arts Centre

This grant supported Paramount Arts Centre’s 2023 Gala, featuring performances by Broadway Tony-winning performers Sutton Foster and Brian Stokes Mitchell.

This grant supported Paramount Arts Centre’s 2023 Gala, featuring performances by Broadway Tony-winning performers Sutton Foster and Brian Stokes Mitchell.

Northern Illinois Food Bank

This grant allowed Northern IL Food Bank to provide food, at no cost, to food pantries in the Dunham Foundation Service Area.

This grant allowed Northern IL Food Bank to provide food, at no cost, to food pantries in the Dunham Foundation Service Area.

North Central Illinois Finishing Trades Institute

This grant allows the North Central Illinois Finishing Trades Institute to create a video – and Web-based apprenticeship recruitment strategy to increase enrollment in its apprenticeship program, building the finishing trades workforce throughout the greater Aurora area.

This grant allows the North Central Illinois Finishing Trades Institute to create a video – and Web-based apprenticeship recruitment strategy to increase enrollment in its apprenticeship program, building the finishing trades workforce throughout the greater Aurora area.

Illinois Bar Foundation

This grant provides support for the Illinois Bar Foundation to serve individuals in the Aurora Service Area

This grant provides support for the Illinois Bar Foundation to serve individuals in the Aurora Service Area

Sarah’s Smile of Illinois

This sponsorship grant from the Dunham Foundation provided support for Sarah’s Smile of Illinois’ Prom Part Duex! event.

This sponsorship grant from the Dunham Foundation provided support for Sarah’s Smile of Illinois’ Prom Part Duex! event.

Northwestern Memorial Foundation – Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

This grant from the Dunham Foundation provides assistance for the issues and items patients from the Dunham Foundation Service Area need to receive specialty rehabilitation such as mobility with wheelchairs, walkers, home-entry ramps, or transportation to and from appointments.

This grant from the Dunham Foundation provides assistance for the issues and items patients from the Dunham Foundation Service Area need to receive specialty rehabilitation such as mobility with wheelchairs, walkers, home-entry ramps, or transportation to and from appointments.

North Central College

This grant from the Dunham Foundation provides continued program support for 15 Dunham Scholars at North Central College.

This grant from the Dunham Foundation provides continued program support for 15 Dunham Scholars at North Central College.

Mutual Ground

This grant from the Dunham Foundation supports Mutual Ground as it continues to provide free and confidential services and advocacy to individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence.

This grant from the Dunham Foundation supports Mutual Ground as it continues to provide free and confidential services and advocacy to individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence.

Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry

This grant sponsors Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry’s Garden Harvest Dinner.

This grant sponsors Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry’s Garden Harvest Dinner.

Lewis University

This grant from the Dunham Foundation, supports the Dunham Aviation Scholars, and Workforce Pipeline Initiative. This initiative provides 10 scholarships to to students who have graduated from high schools within the Dunham Foundation Service area and enroll in the University’s aircraft maintenance degree program.

This grant from the Dunham Foundation, supports the Dunham Aviation Scholars, and Workforce Pipeline Initiative. This initiative provides 10 scholarships to to students who have graduated from high schools within the Dunham Foundation Service area and enroll in the University’s aircraft maintenance degree program.

Greater Chicago Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (GCAMP)

This grant from the Dunham Foundation allows GCAMP to purchase tour guide systems designed for plant tours as they explore various manufacturing jobs as a career path. It also allows GCAMP to advertise the GCAMP New Hire Survey, which gathers data from new manufacturing employees on their hiring and early career experiences. Results from this survey allow GCAMP to hone its best practices when it comes to solving the skilled workforce gap for manufacturers in Kane County and the surrounding areas.

This grant from the Dunham Foundation allows GCAMP to purchase tour guide systems designed for plant tours as they explore various manufacturing jobs as a career path. It also allows GCAMP to advertise the GCAMP New Hire Survey, which gathers data from new manufacturing employees on their hiring and early career experiences. Results from this survey allow GCAMP to hone its best practices when it comes to solving the skilled workforce gap for manufacturers in Kane County and the surrounding areas.

Fox Valley Park Foundation & Kiwanis Club of Aurora

This grant from the Dunham Foundation provided sponsorship support for Fox Valley Park Foundation and Kiwanis Club of Aurora’s Inaugural Pickleball-A-Thon Charity Tournament.

This grant from the Dunham Foundation provided sponsorship support for Fox Valley Park Foundation and Kiwanis Club of Aurora’s Inaugural Pickleball-A-Thon Charity Tournament.

Fox Valley Park Foundation

This grant from the Dunham Foundation provided sponsorship support for Fox Valley Park Foundation’s 2023 Golf Outing.

This grant from the Dunham Foundation provided sponsorship support for Fox Valley Park Foundation’s 2023 Golf Outing.

Fox Valley Patriotic Organization

This sponsorship supports Fox Valley Patriotic Organization’s Gala and First Look of the Flag Day Monument. The event

This sponsorship supports Fox Valley Patriotic Organization’s Gala and First Look of the Flag Day Monument. The event

Fox Valley Food for Health

This grant supports FVFFH’ss Healthy Meals program, delivering free, healthy meals to cancer patients and their families to ensure a healthy meal as they navigate a cancer diagnosis. It also supports FVFFH’s teen volunteer program.

This grant supports FVFFH’ss Healthy Meals program, delivering free, healthy meals to cancer patients and their families to ensure a healthy meal as they navigate a cancer diagnosis. It also supports FVFFH’s teen volunteer program.

Forefront

This grant provided sponsorship support for Forefront’s 2022 Virtual Summit.

This grant provided sponsorship support for Forefront’s 2022 Virtual Summit.

Family Focus

This grant supports Family Focus’ early childhood education programming through its Doula and Home Visiting services with families and children ages 0-5.

This grant supports Family Focus’ early childhood education programming through its Doula and Home Visiting services with families and children ages 0-5.

Citizens police Academy

This grant supports the Aurora Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy Alumni Law Enforcement Youth Academy.

This grant supports the Aurora Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy Alumni Law Enforcement Youth Academy.

City of Aurora African American Heritage Advisory Board

This grant supports the 17th Annual Aurora African American Heritage Scholarship Dinner.

This grant supports the 17th Annual Aurora African American Heritage Scholarship Dinner.

Batavia United Way

This grant from the Dunham Foundation supports the Batavia United Way’s efforts to implement the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, providing a book a month to every child enrolled in the program from birth until they enter kindergarten.

This grant from the Dunham Foundation supports the Batavia United Way’s efforts to implement the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, providing a book a month to every child enrolled in the program from birth until they enter kindergarten.

Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence – Batavia Fine Arts Centre

This grant supported the Batavia Fine Arts Centre’s 2023-2024 season.

This grant supported the Batavia Fine Arts Centre’s 2023-2024 season.

Advance Illinois

This grant supports Advance Illinois’ ongoing advocacy efforts to ensure an equitable and high-quality system of education and care for all Illinois students.

This grant supports Advance Illinois’ ongoing advocacy efforts to ensure an equitable and high-quality system of education and care for all Illinois students.

Fox Valley Hands of Hope

This grant from the Dunham Foundation provided general operating support to allow Fox Valley Hands of Hope to continue providing free grief counseling to individuals in the greater Fox Vally area.

This grant from the Dunham Foundation provided general operating support to allow Fox Valley Hands of Hope to continue providing free grief counseling to individuals in the greater Fox Vally area.

Diamond Youth Foundation

This grant supports Diamond Youth Foundations’ Guide Right Mentoring Program to expose underprivileged students to higher education through visits to college campuses.

This grant supports Diamond Youth Foundations’ Guide Right Mentoring Program to expose underprivileged students to higher education through visits to college campuses.

Community Support Services

This grant provided sponsorship support for Community Support Services’ 40th Anniversary Circles of Support Celebration.

This grant provided sponsorship support for Community Support Services’ 40th Anniversary Circles of Support Celebration.

Community Foundation of the Fox River

This grant from the Dunham Foundation provides a matching opportunity for CFFRV’s Youth Engagement in Philanthropy program’s grantmaking program.

This grant from the Dunham Foundation provides a matching opportunity for CFFRV’s Youth Engagement in Philanthropy program’s grantmaking program.

Cities In Schools

This grant supports a partnership between Cities in Schools (CIS), Huntington Learning Center, and the Aurora Housing Authority (AHA) to provide tutoring support to students in AHA housing units.

This grant supports a partnership between Cities in Schools (CIS), Huntington Learning Center, and the Aurora Housing Authority (AHA) to provide tutoring support to students in AHA housing units.

Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation

This grant supports Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation’s after-school development program, in partnership with the Aurora Housing Authority, to support positive social/emotional and relationship skills, build self-confidence, and prepare youth to engage in family, academic, and workforce environments.

This grant supports Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation’s after-school development program, in partnership with the Aurora Housing Authority, to support positive social/emotional and relationship skills, build self-confidence, and prepare youth to engage in family, academic, and workforce environments.

Aurora East Educational Foundation

This sponsorship supports the 2nd annual Tom-A-Hawk Turkey Trot, an event benefitting both East and West Aurora School Districts.

This sponsorship supports the 2nd annual Tom-A-Hawk Turkey Trot, an event benefitting both East and West Aurora School Districts.

Association for Individual Development

This grant from the Dunham Foundation provides sponsorship support for AID’s 2023 Benefit Auction.

This grant from the Dunham Foundation provides sponsorship support for AID’s 2023 Benefit Auction.

A Plus Foundation

This grant supported an end of year celebration for Nicholson Elementary School students.

This grant supported an end of year celebration for Nicholson Elementary School students.

360 Youth Services

This grant supports 360 Youth Services’ mental health counseling for youth as well as funding for emergency shelter for local youth.

This grant supports 360 Youth Services’ mental health counseling for youth as well as funding for emergency shelter for local youth.

Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence – Batavia Fine Arts Centre

This grant supported the Batavia Fine Arts Centre’s 2022-2023 season.

This grant supported the Batavia Fine Arts Centre’s 2022-2023 season.

Holy Cross Catholic School

This grant provides support for Holy Cross Catholic School to enhance its reading and science curriculum and materials to address learning loss and meet updated state reading and science standards.

Batavia Park Foundation

This grant provides support to establish permanent “Peace on Earth” lettering with LED digital lighting in downtown Batavia on the Peace bicycle-pedestrian bridge.

Women’s Business Development Center

This grant allows Women’s Business Development Center to continue its ScaleUp Aurora program in Spanish & English, supporting local small business owners in buiding and growing a successful business. It also allows the WBDC to implement ScaleHigher, a new program to help business owners acquire new skills and capabilities to use data, technology and innovative approaches to grow their business.

This grant allows Women’s Business Development Center to continue its ScaleUp Aurora program in Spanish & English, supporting local small business owners in buiding and growing a successful business. It also allows the WBDC to implement ScaleHigher, a new program to help business owners acquire new skills and capabilities to use data, technology and innovative approaches to grow their business.

The Neighbor Project

This grant from the Dunham Foundation provided sponsorship support for the Neighbor Project’s 2022 Starry Night Gala.

This grant from the Dunham Foundation provided sponsorship support for the Neighbor Project’s 2022 Starry Night Gala.

Pigment International

This grant provides sponsorship support for Pigment International Foundation’s Black Fine Art Month Salon Talk.

This grant provides sponsorship support for Pigment International Foundation’s Black Fine Art Month Salon Talk.

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