APPLY FOR A GRANT

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:

  • Wednesday, December 11th from 3 pm to 5 pm. The December 11th orientation will take place at Illinois Action for Children’s Chatham Site: 8741 South Greenwood, 3rd floor, Chicago, IL 60619
  • Tuesday, December 17th from 1pm to 3pm. The December 17th orientation will take place at Chicago Foundation for Women’s offices: One East Wacker Drive, Suite 1620, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Friday, January 10th from 10 am to 12 pm. The January 10th orientation will take place at Chicago Foundation for Women’s offices: One East Wacker Drive, Suite 1620, Chicago, IL 60601.

Please RSVP to ehartig@cfw.org at least 24 hours before the orientation.

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 Elizabeth Hartig at
 ehartig@cfw.org or (312) 577-2819.

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