Grants range from $15,000 to $150,000 (except for the Strategic Response Fund) and will support organizations within the Chicago metropolitan area (Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, McHenry and Will counties). Activities can be local, regional or in some instances statewide.

For more details and application instructions for currently available funds, use these shortcut links: 

Submissions to the Foundation’s three issue areas--economic security, freedom from violence, and health--will be accepted as follows:

Spring Cycle: 
  • Freedom from Violence
  • Health
Fall Cycle:
  • Economic Security
  • Catalyst Fund for Reproductive Justice (by invitation only)

CFW will offer grantmaking orientations to prospective applicants. If your organization would like to learn more about the grantmaking process at CFW, please attend one of the following sessions:

  • Friday, December 12 at 10 am 
  • Tuesday, January 13 at 3 pm REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED.

Please RSVP to at least 24 hours before the orientation. Both orientation will take place at CFW's office (1 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 1620).

Interested in applying? We recommend that you complete the Prospective Applicant Eligibility Quiz to help you determine if your organization and/or project meets the basic funding requirements.

How to Contact Us
Chicago Foundation for Women welcomes questions from applicants at any point before, during and after the application process.
Please contact Program Officer Lora York at or (312) 577-2814.