American College of Greece

Study Abroad Program


In 141 years, ACG has grown from a primary and secondary missionary school for girls in Smryna, Asia Minor with an enrollment of seven students to a non-sectarian academic complex which enrolls nearly 4,300 students, and today  consists of:

  • PIERCE:  Secondary school (grades 7th – 12th ) which enrolls close to 1,250 Greek boys and girls.

  • DEREE: Undergraduate school which enrolls close to 3,000 students and has a co-educational four-year undergraduate and graduate college with an enrollment of both Greek and International students from more than 64 countries.

  • ALBA Graduate Business School (ALBA): Serving 512 students in MBA and specialized master’s degree programs as well as non-degree students. (ALBA is an independent not-for-profit institution founded in 1992, affiliated formally with ACG in 2012).

  • The ACG is accredited in the US by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), which means all courses are transferable.



The grant request is to provide 2 scholarships for tuition, room/board, books and related expenses to support financially and academically deserving Greek-American students from the Chicagoland area study abroad in Athens for the fall or spring semester.  ACG will provide matching funds to cover travel related expenses. This program would remove the financial barriers, which prevent Greek-American students from reconnecting with their heritage through study abroad.

Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center

The Great Catastrophe Documentary


Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center. Established in 2011 with the purpose of documenting and raise awareness about the Greek communities of the later Ottoman empire, and the genocide of Anatolian Greeks (1913-1923) by Turkish regimes. Organization has published “Asia Minor Catastrophe and the Ottoman Greek Genocide”, a self-directed Study Course for the book, and a 5- minute promotional DVD for the project.



To produce an hour documentary film exploring and revealing the history, culture, and significance of the tragic expulsion of the Greeks from their ancestral homelands in Asia Minor and Pontos. The goal of the project is that the documentary would be suitable for airing on a PBS Cultural Documentary Series. It is anticipated that Bill Kurtis would be the commentator of the film, as he was for the promotional DVD, and John Davis would support and lend his expertise to the film production.

Greek American Rehabilitation and Care Centre

Provider 790 Nurse Call System



The GARCC takes in the sick and elderly of our community and provides them with restorative, skilled and long-term health care in a safe, home-like environment, regardless of their economic status. It serves the Chicagoland area including the suburbs, and with our distinct focus of ethnic, culture and spiritual needs of the Greek Orthodox community.



Our original Jeron nurse call light system installed in 2002 is now obsolete and we need to replace this system.  After extensive research of available products, we have determined that the Provider 790 Nurse Call System would best fit our current and future needs.  This system provides both tone-visual and audio-visual components which provide us the communication, alerting and workflow tools needed to address the unique requirements of our resident and facility needs.  We will be able to service our residents more promptly and efficiently, respond to emergency situations immediately, evaluate and assess our workflow and staffing concerns, monitor our residents’ locations, and assure a safer environment for our residents.     

Heartland Housing, inc

Senior Housing Assistance


Heartland Housing, Inc, 2008 S. LaSalle, Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60604



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:

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

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

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

Hellenic College Office of Vocation & Ministry

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 32 high achieving Orthodox Christian juniors and seniors in high school from across North America.


In 2008, 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 the leadership capacity of young people.



This proposal is the product of a planning grant from the John C. Kulis Foundation to explore the potential of piloting a 10-day CrossRoad session in Chicago, IL. Piloting a session of CrossRoad in Chicago would not only expand the reach of the program, allowing more students to participate, but it would also allow the OVM to assess whether running the program in several remote regional locations nationwide would be effective in continuing this “high impact ministry”. CrossRoad requires thorough on-the-ground time and planning in order to effectively administrate the program to ensure a seamless orchestration to visits to local parishes, service projects, a ropes course excursion and other group activities. A former Assistant Director of CrossRoad, Anna Kallis, M.Div., will be the on-the-ground Administrator. Her Chicago based work will complement the in-house planning of the current CrossRoad Associate Director, and Dr. Ann Bezzerides, the OVM Director, will oversee the planning process. CrossRoad was designed as an academic summer institute, a core difference from a summer camp. Therefore, it will be housed on a college campus.

Hellenic Legal Assistance Services

Hel.LAS Pro Bono Legal Clinic


Hellenic Legal Assistance Services. Hel.LAS is governed by its Board of Directors, which works closely with its staff and volunteers. This Board is committed to the cause of providing the Greek Community of Chicago with legal assistance in a linguistically and culturally sensitive environment.  Hel.LAS is promoted and served by the HBA, and promoted and housed at the Hellenic Foundation offices – 6251 W Touhy, Chicago, IL 60646.


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 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. The goal is to promote Hel.LAS to the Greek American community to ensure that everyone in need has legal representation, while growing its volunteer base.



The grant award will fund the following:

  1. Compensation for an Administrative Coordinator, who perform the following duties: Cultivates Hel.LAS’ volunteer pool; Assign potential client to Hel.LAS volunteer attorneys; Act as a liaison to CVLS; Maintain all documentation required by CVLS.

  2. Provide volunteer attorney training and resources related to immigration law, which will enhance clientele services.

  3. Maintain the Hel.LAS website that provides space for potential volunteer attorneys to register with the Hel.LAS pro bono legal clinic program, and provide volunteers with resources and documents necessary for their cases.

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.

NAtional Hellenic Museum

Digital Audio Visual Connectivity Equipment


National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60661.



An upgrade of the audiovisual infrastructure: Screen, Video, Sound (amplification and noise cancelation), Connectivity and Portability solutions. 

NAtional Hellenic Museum

Free Pan Orthodox Offiste & Onsite Fieldtrips


National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60661.



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 2018 Summer program.

Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society

Replacement & Expansion of Hellenic Folklore Costume collection


The Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society is an independent non-profit organization. However, its members belong to Greek Orthodox Parishes in the Chicagoland area. Orpheus participated at the FDF/JDF festivals representing the Metropolis of Chicago, with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos. The OHFS advances the interests of the Greek community by the services and programs it provides. The OHFS fulfills its mission by educating its members and audiences through dance and music performances, workshops, lectures, publications, its website and social media outlets.



OHFS plans to purchase costumes that will expand the costume collection, as well as replace time-worn pieces, some of which have been part of the group since its founding.

PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation

PanHellenic - Hellenic Foundation Scholarships


The Foundation was established in 1998 by Chris P. Tomaras (1937-2015) with the goal of Building a better America through Education and Hellenism. The Foundation offers $250,000 in scholarships annually:

20 Awards - $10,000 each based on academic achievement and financial need.

20 Awards - $2,500 each based solely on academic achievement.



The Hellenic Foundation would support the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation with the appropriate recognition for the support to be determined.

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.



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. Athanasios & John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

Administrative Program and Event Support


Saints Athanasios & John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 4200 N. Keeler, Chicago, IL 60641.  A Metochion Church (Dependency) of the Sacred Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery of St Irene Chrysovalantou, based in New York, under jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, following the new calendar since 1998. The church supports its self through the revenues derived from several annual events: Dinner dance; Annual Festival; St. Irene Icon visit; Liturgical services; Lunches and Dinners; Greek Night. The Church is led by the Rev. Fr. Georgios Kostopoulos, who has been the presiding priest since January 2015.



The grant award would fund the first year’s salary of an office secretary who would handle the day to day organizational duties of the Church.  The specific job description is as follows: To maintain and process accounts payable; Perform all necessary clerical duties; Assist parishioners with sacraments and services; Assisting the priest and the ecclesiastical committee on marketing events, special projects and events; Assist with all fundraising events and soliciting necessary donations. With an office secretary, the Church is expected to grow its number of votaries through improved communication, and daily office hours to provide more effective services to the Greek community.

St. Iakovos Retreat Center

Program and Events Support


The St Iakovos Retreat Center is a 137-acre property in Kansasville, WI.  The facilities can house up to 200 people in both communal and individual lodging accommodations. The purpose of the ministry is to be a place of rejuvenation where people can gather in fun and fellowship to grow in faith.  It is the current location for Fanari Camp.



SIRC is requesting a grant to fund the salaries of two positions that are imperative to the successful implementation of programs at the Saint Iakovos Retreat Center:.

SIRC received a 2017 Grant Award to fund the first year salary for a Program Coordinator. SIRC initiated a national search that identified two very strong candidates for the Program Coordinator. Ultimately, SIRC restructured the organization to include both applicants due to their qualifications and skill sets. The two positions have complemented each other to produce results, but have separate and distinctive roles. The Events Coordinator has become the face and the voice at SIRC and the Program Coordinator has become the face and voice of SIRC

TASC (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities)

Outpatient Substance Treatment Programs


TASC was founded in Illinois in 1976. It has facilitated access to community-based treatment and recovery for tens of thousands of men, women and youth. In FY16, TASC provided services to over 58,000 people in Illinois:

  • Direct Services:

  1. Ongoing case management, family reunification services, and drug and mental health treatment.

  2.  Justice Programs: direct services to individuals to reduce their likely return to the justice system.

  3.  Youth and Family Programs for at-risk youth and families to help them thrive in the community.

  4.  Treatment and Recovery: Treatment or recovery support services. A pilot of TASC’s outpatient drug and mental health treatment program was launched in FY16.

  • Other services: Initial screening, assessment, and other services for people involved in justice and corrections systems in Illinois.



TASC has implemented new intensive outpatient (IOP) and outpatient (OP) treatment programs for clients seeking community-based treatment for substance use and mental health disorders. The IOP and OP programs provide intake, assessment, case management services, therapeutic treatments, and resources to clients during their recovery.


The primary goal of the funded program is to provide client assessment, develop individualized treatment plans and provide treatment and supportive services for clients with substance use and mental health issues while working on their treatment and recovery.  The Program anticipates 10 – 20 clients referred from the Foundation, and that 5 – 10 clients will be treated at TASC during the initial 12 months beginning August 1, 2017. Referrals for whom outpatient treatment is not appropriate will be connected with a residential treatment program.

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