We offer grants that range from $15,000 to $150,000 and 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.
We fund organizations and programs in economic security, freedom from violence, and health.
We require that all applicants follow our guiding principles and articulate how the applying organization (or program) has policies or directives in place that reflect our core values.
We fund either advocacy and/or direct service work as strategies to achieve our issue area priorities.
We consider most grant proposals during one of two grantmaking cycles, in spring and fall. In the Spring Cycle, we fund Freedom from Violence and Health and in the Fall Cycle we fund Economic Security.
We welcome your questions before, during, and after the application process. If your question is not answered here, please contact Lora York, Senior Program Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.577.2814.
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