In 2012, the Joyce Foundation gave $300,000 to the Goodman Theater to support artistic development and diversity programs. This grant money goes towards the theater's full calendar of theater performances. The money also goes towards educational programs that provide one-on-one mentoring to high school girls, theatrical training for 14–19-year-olds, and writing workshops for senior citizens.
Rather than focusing attention on the performers on stage, The Joyce Foundation chooses to support the administrative staff behind the scenes. Joyce's Community-Based Arts grants are structured to build fiscal sustainability, salaries for administrative professionals, and operating support to stabilize dance companies. The Joyce Foundation gave $100,000 to the Luna Negra Dance Theater in 2012.
The Chicago Public School system has never had the best reputation for providing top-notch education for the city's youth. In 2012, the the Joyce Foundation gave $250,000 to Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation. This grant was part of Joyce’s Innovation Grant program and went towards supporting the establishment of a new Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Office of Strategy Management and the development of a comprehensive 10-year Neighborhood Vision for CPS.