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 2022 

Due Date: August 2

The Primary Cycle is focused on general operating and program support (both direct service and advocacy) across all three issue areas.

To access our online application system, please click here.

Click here for the full 2022 Fall Primary Cycle Guidelines

Eleanor Network: Training and Stabilization

Due Date: August 2

CFW's dedicated grant program focused on sector-based training paired with wrap around services as an economic security strategy.

Click here for the full 2022 Eleanor Network: Training and Stabilization Guidelines

Catalyst Fund for Reproductive Justice

Due Date: August 2

CFW’s grant program focused on women of color-led organizations and efforts to build the reproductive justice movement.

Click here for the full 2022 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 2022 Sessions:

  • Wednesday, July 6, 3:00 - 4:30 pm CST
  • Monday, July 11, 10:30 am - 12:00 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.

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.