Chicago Foundation for Women Launches COVID-19 Response Grants
July 30 2020

Response, Recovery, and Resilience Fund to Support Chicago’s Women and Girls

CHICAGO (JULY 30, 2020) – Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) today announced requests for proposals for its Response, Recovery, and Resilience Fund initial grant cycle. The grants will provide funding to eligible community-based organizations serving communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. CFW believes these organizations, through their deep relationships with the community, understand the needs of women, girls, transgender, and gender non-binary people of color, their families, and communities.

“We have seen the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had among some Chicago communities, particularly in Black, Latinx, and communities of color,” said Felicia Davis, CFW President/CEO. “The Response, Recovery, and Resilience Fund will address some of the immediate needs of nonprofit organizations serving these communities, as well as support their long-term sustainability.”

The grants will focus on priority communities that have been disproportionately impacted. Priority consideration will be given to frontline, grassroots organizations, and women of color-led organizations with budgets under $4 million serving women, girls, transgender, and gender non-binary people of color.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, awarding flexible grants up to $7,500, to support organizations as circumstances change and new needs or challenges are identified. The awards will fall into two categories, 1) Relief/services to address immediate or on-going needs or short-term emergency advocacy activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or 2) capacity-building support to stabilize organizations that directly serve communities. For more information, visit


About Chicago Foundation for Women

Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) invests in women and girls as catalysts, building strong communities for all. CFW funds organizations working to solve the biggest problems facing women and girls: economic insecurity, violence, and lack of access to health care and information. To date, CFW has invested nearly $39 million in hundreds of organizations, leveraging the generosity of over 2,700 donors, impacting more than 70,000 women, girls, trans, and gender non-binary individuals in the Chicago region. In addition to grantmaking, CFW invests in developing women leaders and advocates, and brings together diverse coalitions to collaborate, share resources and develop solutions. Learn more at

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