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Maya Bauer
Schweitzer Fellows Program Director MBauer@hmprg.org

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Fellows for Life Seed Grants

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For the past several years, the Chicago Schweitzer Fellows Program has been able to offer seed grants to Fellows for Life interested in beginning, sustaining and/or building on innovative community projects that help underserved Chicago communities.

Apply for a seed grant: Schweitzer Fellows for Life are invited to submit proposals for seed grants of up to $3,000 to create, sustain, or build upon a year-long project to help improve the health and well-being of an underserved Chicago community.  The project should be direct service oriented and should involve an existing community-based organization. The Fellow for Life who is submitting the proposal must be directly and principally involved with the design, implementation, and reporting for the project.

You can apply for a seed grant by filling out this application by April 26, 2021!

Current Seed Grant Projects:

  • Rajesh Parikh (1995-1996 Fellow for Life): Rajesh, with the ICNA Islamic Circle of North America Relief, will develop and disseminate culturally appropriate resources on women’s health, with special emphasis on maternal health for refugee women resettled in Chicago area. This will include compilation of a toolkit and an in-person health education session series.
  • Yue Xu (2018-19 Fellow for Life): Yue will work with low-income Chinese immigrant families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to culturally adapt and pilot an intervention targeting Chinese families of young children with ASD. Specifically, the intervention will train community health workers who are themselves Chinese parents of children with ASD to deliver an intervention to empower other Chinese families of children with ASD.
  • Lauren Milburn, R-DMT (2016-17 Fellow for Life): Lauren will provide diverse creative arts-based programming to refugee and immigrant youth to address discrimination and traumatic stress through cultivating emotional regulation, self-esteem, and belonging.
  • Nhu Do (2018-2019 Fellow for Life): Nhu will work with Latinx students and their parents from varying neighborhoods at Erie Neighborhood House located in West Town by developing workshops which focus on self-esteem and self-efficacy, with the goal of strengthening emotional health. The ideology is that change begins at home, and in order to create sustainable growth for students in the school-age program, there must be parallel growth for the parents they reside with.

For further information, please contact:

Maya Bauer, Program Director, mbauer@hmprg.org, 312 372-4292 ext. 31