Grantee Profile

Metropolis Strategies

Grants to Metropolis Strategies

  • $175,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 1 year)

    Juvenile Justice

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Metropolis Strategies was established in 2011 as a supporting organization of the Chicago Community Trust to initiate a strategic agenda to grow the regional economy, promote sustainable development, and create safer communities throughout the Chicago region. Under Metropolis Strategies, the Illinois Justice Project (Justice Project) advances criminal justice reform through policy development aimed at reducing crime and violence, diverting youth and adults from the justice system, and supporting effective reentry from incarceration. This award enables the Justice Project to support the work of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Leadership Council (Leadership Council) to strengthen emerging partnerships aimed at sustaining and capitalizing on juvenile justice reform efforts achieved under Illinois Models for Change and to elevate juvenile justice as a priority in the state. A state-wide entity composed of key juvenile justice decisionnmakers in all three branches of government as well as community and civic organizations and groups, the Leadership Council provides a unique forum for bringing together both public and private stakeholders for the purposes of systems reform.

  • $50,000

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Metropolis Strategies is a civic organization that works to improve regional planning on a wide range of issues, including criminal justice reform, transportation, and economic development. In an effort to spur the vitality of some of Chicago’s most economically-depressed areas, Metropolis Strategies will use this grant for research on the potential of innovation clusters--firms that organize to share supply chains and employment needs--as a strategy to revitalize Chicago’s industrial areas; and to develop a pilot effort to support an industry cluster--food processing and packaging firms--to improve their performance and increase their employment bases.

  • $600,000

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Metropolis Strategies’ mission is to maintain and enhance the economic competitiveness of the Chicago region by raising public awareness on these issues and bringing about concrete changes in public policy by conducting high-quality analytical work; disseminating information to the media and key stakeholders on important policy topics; participating in the political process at the city, county, state, and federal levels; and encouraging business leaders to speak out and act on issues of regional importance. This grant will support work on its three main program priorities: regional economic growth; sustainable development; and reduction of violence and reform of justice systems.

  • $300,000

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Metropolis Strategies, a civic organization that works to improve regional planning on a wide range of issues, including criminal justice reform, transportation, and economic development, and the Chicago office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national community development intermediary that manages the Foundation-supported New Communities Program, an effort to revitalize 16 Chicago neighborhoods, will use these grants in a joint effort to investigate possible strategies to promote business corridor revival and business expansion that also serve to link neighborhoods to new employment opportunities.

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy Research

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support a new civic leadership organization, Metropolis Strategies.

  • $180,000

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of the Regional Economy Initiative.

  • $600,000Active Strategy

    2008 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support a project to reform Illinois' transportation system, as part of Chicago's Burnham Plan Centennial celebration.

  • $750,000

    2007 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over three years).

  • $900,000

    2004 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over three years).

  • $250,000

    2004 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To develop a technology platform for a regional learning game.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Metropolis Strategies $4,305,000 between 1983 and 2015.

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