How to Apply

Interested in applying? Check out our Guiding Principles and Frequently Asked Questions to help you determine if your organization and/or project aligns with the core values of Chicago Foundation for Women. If yes, please click here to access our online application system, and pick the funding opportunity that best fits your program/organization's needs.

Grant Opportunities

Primary Cycle: Fall 2021

Due Date: August 9

To access our online application system, please click here.

Click here for the full 2021 Fall Primary Cycle Guidelines

 

Eleanor Network: Training & Stabilization Fall 2021

Due Date: September 1

The Eleanor Network: Training and Stabilization model focuses on workforce development as an essential economic security initiative. The combination of training opportunities and comprehensive support services ensures that women are able to secure living-wage jobs with benefits—and to have clear pathways for career advancement and professional development.

Click here for the full 2021 Fall Eleanor Network: Training & Stabilization Guidelines

 

Catalyst Fund for Reproductive Justice Fall 2021

Due Date: September 1

The Catalyst Fund is designed to support woman-of-color-led, grassroots advocacy reproductive justice organizations.

Click here for the full 2021 Fall Catalyst Fund for Reproductive Justice Guidelines.

 

Orientation
CFW offers grantmaking orientations to prospective applicants. If your organization would like to learn more about the grantmaking process at CFW, please attend:

Fall 2021 Sessions:

  • Wednesday, July 7, 9 - 10 am CST
  • Tuesday, July 27, 2 - 3 pm CST

*Sessions will be offered virtually.

To RSVP to attend an orientation session, click here.

Process
Chicago Foundation for Women uses a community-led grantmaking process to review and recommend grants awarded.

The Foundation's Board of Directors reviews all recommendations and approves all grant awards.

Decisions
Final decisions on applications for the Spring Cycles will be made at the June Board of Directors' meeting. Final decisions on applications for the Fall Cycles will be made at the December Board of Directors' meeting. The COVID-19 Community Response Grant decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Questions
Chicago Foundation for Women welcomes questions from applicants at any point before, during, and after the application process. Please contact Lora York, Senior Program Officer, at lyork@cfw.org or 312.577.2814.