2018 Grant Recipients

Award Ceremony Photos

Daughters of Penelope

13th District Scholarship Foundation


The Foundation is organized exclusively for supporting educational purposes through scholarships.


Grant Award will fund three scholarships.

  • Scholarships are in the name of the Hellenic Foundation/Daughters of Penelope.

  • Scholarships are for students of Hellenic heritage or Orthodox Christian affiliation, who reside in the Chicagoland area.


Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago

Initiative Programs


Over the next 5 years, the Metropolis of Chicago will invest in its people, parishes, and ministries through a systematic and incremental program of development in all areas. The Metropolis of Chicago hopes to expand the impact and reach of its ministry through a two-pronged approach: 1. Ministry Renewal including assessment of current programs, expansion of Metropolis staff, underwriting of young and young adult ministries, parish-based grants, and development of new programs; 2. Clergy Development including continuing education, new clergy mentoring, seminarian formation, and self-care support for clergy.

In an effort to implement its Initiative Program, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago has created the new position of Executive Director. Reporting directly to Metropolitan Nathanael, the Executive Director will be responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the Metropolis. Other key areas of responsibilities include development, communications and marketing, and community ... read more

Heartland Housing, inc

Senior Housing Assistance


Hellenic Foundation receives 4-5 requests per year from senior members of Chicago’s Greek community who wish to reside at Hollywood House, but are unable to meet the minimum debt-to-income ratio. The grant will be to subsidize the rent requirement on a case by case basis and its usage will be used to cover two areas:

Income gap between the tenant income and the minimum debt-to-ratio.

Subsidy amounts will be provided based on the gap covered with a maximum yearly participant assistance amount of 5K.

Once the senior is assigned a unit, he is immediately placed on Heartland’s subsidized waitlist.

Hellenic Legal Assistance Services

Hel.LAS Pro Bono Legal Clinic


Hel.LAS is a pro bono clinic, which was created to address the needs of low-income members of the Greek community of Chicago. This clinic meets on a monthly basis (the second Saturday of every month) to provide Greek Americans in the Chicago-land area with access to legal information, referrals and potential representation in a linguistically and culturally sensitive environment. To date, we have provided advice and counsel in domestic relations, immigration, estate planning, contracts and bankruptcy matters to nearly 140 families in the Greek community of Chicago. Additionally, we have approximately 60 volunteer attorneys committed to providing legal assistance to members of our community. Our goal is to promote Hel.LAS to the Greek American community, to ensure that everyone in need has legal representation, while growing our volunteer base.

At its inception, Hel.LAS’ Board knew that there was a need for legal assistance for low income members of the Greek-American community. However, we have learned through our clinics that the need is larger than we anticipated. Each month, our clinic appointments are filled, and often there is a waitlist. We have also identified the need for pro bono services in other areas of Chicagoland, ...read more

Hellenic Midwest Dance Festival

Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago


The Midwest Hellenic Dance Festival is dedicated to promoting, preserving and perpetuating the traditional Greek dances and music of our Hellenic Heritage by inspiring our Greek Orthodox youth and young adults through dance, music, and fellowship. Through this annual event, we wish to develop an awareness, appreciation and love for our Hellenic culture and create a greater communion and stronger ties with fellow Greek Orthodox.The MHDF was formed in 2016 with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of blessed memory.  The first MHDF was hosted jointly by St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago, on October 7-8, 2016.  The event featured workshops, dance performances, and a traditional Glendi.  Eighty participants attended the first festival and over three hundred people enjoyed the Glendi with live music by Endasi.  Following the same structure, similar success was had at subsequent MHDF events which were hosted on Columbus Day weekend, by St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Oak Lawn in 2017, and at the Chicago ... read more

Hellenic Link-Midwest

Scholarship and Lecture Program


Hellenic Link-Midwest (HLM Krikos) is a scientific and cultural organization based in Chicago. Its object is to foster and promote cooperation and fellowship among professionals, residing in Greece and America, and to preserve, promote and enrich the Hellenic heritage of its members and of our Hellenic community. It promotes activities, such as: lectures, symposia and conferences, theatrical plays.  It assist young Greek-Americans, enrolled in accredited US colleges or universities, to achieve their goals through its scholarship program.


HLM is requesting financial support for it 2018 Scholarship Program.  Scholarships are awarded to deserving students of Hellenic decent who reside in the Midwest and who have attained academic excellence and have shown need of scholarship assistance. Grants range from $1000 - $2000.

HLM is requesting financial support for its Lecture Program which serves the Greek American community of the Chicago area, and is open to anyone interested in attending.  The goal of the program is to foster cooperation among the organizations of our community, and to enrich the cultural development and education of the members of our community.

Illumident, Inc.


Illumident, Inc. is very pleased to be presenting “Joy of a Health Mouth” to Greek Senior Citizens in the Chicagoland area in the Spring of 2019. The Hellenic Foundation is generously supporting this project. We bring new research information about how oral health impacts total health in an interesting and enjoyable program. We provide a pack of oral health supplies for each participant and then we have a raffle of additional dental items.

This program has been enthusiastically received by over 12,000 senior citizens in the past 8 years. We are looking forward to this opportunity to visit Hollywood House, the Greek American Rehabilitation and Care Center, Senior Groups at St. Peter and Paul (Glenview), St Constantine and Helen (Palos Hills), Holy Apostle (Westchester), All Saints (Joliet), and St. Nicholas (Oaklawn).   

National Hellenic Invitational Basketball Tournament (N.H.I.B.T.)

NHIBT was founded in 1931. Its Mission is to Promote, Support, and Preserve Hellenism through competition and fellowship. Its goal is to provide, for all ages, a forum for Greek Orthodox Americans to convene, cultivate, and nurture personal and professional relationships locally and across the nation. It hosts 30 – 40 local and national teams, ranging from 8yrs old to adult, in the Chicagoland area.

NAtional Hellenic Museum

Free Pan Orthodox Offiste & Onsite Fieldtrips             ​​


Funding from the grant will provide free transportation and programming both on-site and off-site to Pan-Orthodox Schools, Sunday schools, youth groups and adult/senior groups within the Chicagoland area. The hope is to reach a larger Pan-Orthodox audience. Therefore, the intent is to use a broad reaching marketing approach, within a focused geographical area. A priority will be given to the communities within a 20-mile radius, then expanded to those within a 100 - mile range. NHM is exploring the possibility of sending a team to Fanari during the 2019 Summer program.

Orthodox Vocation and Ministries Foundation

CrossRoad - Chicago


The CrossRoad Summer Institute, a program of the Office of Vocation & Ministry (OVM) at Hellenic College Holy Cross, is a 10- day summer program for Orthodox Christian high school juniors and seniors from across North America. In 2003, Hellenic College became on of 88 religiously affiliated colleges and universities to receive a 5 year, $2 million Lilly Endowment grant to explore their own traditions’ understanding of vocation by piloting programs to help students relate their faith and vocation. Since its inception, the OVM has offered Orthodox Christian youth and young adults the opportunity to engage their faith, discover their vocation, and develop their capacity for leadership. The programs of the OVM have attracted a strong donor base in the Orthodox Church community because of the impact that the OVM has on the lives of young people in promoting a healthy, life-giving love for the orthodox faith and developing ... read more

Orthodox Vocation and Ministries Foundation

Telos Gamma


In 2016, the Office of Vocation and Ministry at Hellenic College Holy Cross received a $1.5 million dollar grant from the Lilly Endowment to the Telos Project, piloted in 14 parishes across the country. One of the pilot churches is St. George GOC – Chicago. OVM is in the second year of the project designing an educational model that asks small teams at each parish to build relationships with young adults and, using a process of adaptive design, pilot a new ministry for and with them – a pattern believed mirror the best Orthodox missionary ethos.



Building directly on the learning from the Telos Project, and especially from the Telos pilot at St. George, the TelosGamma Project seeks to nurture the spiritual and religious lives of young adults in Chicagoland through CrossRoad alumni and their parishes. To do this, we will reach out to CrossRoad alumni themselves, under the guidance of their parish priests, to lead this effort. By doing so, OVMF hopes to nurture the leadership capacity of the CrossRoad alumni and help them become an effective cohort of leaders on the local level who will have the skills to step into leadership roles in the Church in the future.


PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation

Building a Better America through Education and Hellenism


The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting education and leadership. Established by entrepreneur and philanthropist Chris P. Tomaras in 2002, the Foundation’s mission is to promote education by providing scholarships and educational programs to Greek American students who, guided by the values of their Hellenic upbringing, have the potential to become life-long significant achievers and contribute meaningfully to society.

The Foundation supports the efforts of these exceptional students with significant monetary awards based on academic merit and financial need, offering $250,000 in scholarships annually. The scholarships are given at two levels: twenty (20) awards of $10,000 each are offered based on academic merit and financial need, and twenty (20) awards of $2,500 each are offered based solely on academic merit. To date, the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation has awarded $3+ million in scholarships to 450+ undergraduate students. These exceptional merit and needs-based students hail from 40+ states and represent 200+ colleges and universities from across the country.In order to meet its objective of supporting the best future leaders of Hellenic descent, the Foundation maintains ... read more

Random Acts of Flowers - Chicago

Christmas Holiday Flowers for Seniors


Random Acts of Flowers improves the emotional wellbeing of individuals in healthcare facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement and personal moments of kindness. The first “Random Act of Flowers” was made by founder Larsen Jay, as he repurposed flowers given to him and delivered them from his wheelchair. The memories of how a simple gesture touched his fellow patients compelled Larsen to form Random Acts of Followers in 2008. Five branches: Knoxville, TN (2008); Tampa, FL (2013); Chicago, IL (2013); Silicon Valley, CA (2015); Indianapolis, IN (2016).  RAF – Chicago has served 61,656 people in 190 healthcare facilities, recycled 56,000 vases, partnered with 90 floral donors and is supported by over 300 committed volunteers.


Program: RAF will provide:

  • One delivery of bouquets to the Greek American Rehabilitation Care Centre during the Christmas Season. ( December 2017 is possible).

  • A floral arranging activity at GARCC.

  • One delivery of bouquets to Hellenic Foundation for its In-home care clients during the Christmas Season. (December 2017 is possible).

  • One delivery of bouquets for all residence at Hollywood House during the Christmas Season. (December 2017 is possible).

  • A floral arranging activity for all residence at Hollywood House.

  • RAF will partner with Guardian Angel Greek Orthodox Day School to offer volunteer experiences to K-6 students.

St. Iakovos Retreat Center


The St. Iakovos Retreat Center is working towards completing the outdoor activities fields which will consist of a soccer and softball field, volleyball and basketball court, as well as a playground. Through the generous support of the Hellenic Foundation, the Sand Volleyball Court will be installed in spring of 2019.

The mission of the St. Iakovos Retreat Center is to be a place of faith and of fellowship. As such, our primary goal is to create opportunities for people of all ages to grow in their personal relationship with Christ, while (and through) engaging with those around them.  Genesis 1:27 states that humanity was created in the image and likeness of God, meaning; that which has been stamped upon us is to be a relational being (created in the image of the Trinity). Therefore, it is through the other, and that image of God that has been stamped upon them, that we grow and deepen our relationship with Him. For this reason, the activity fields at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center aren’t simply there to create things for people to do, rather they are the response to the call to create relational opportunities for our campers and guests to grow closer to God through the joy of engaging ... read more

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