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: Spring 2022 

Due Date: February 16

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 the 2022 Spring Primary Cycle Guidelines

Epidemic of Violence: Missing and Murdered Women

Due Date: February 16

CFW's dedicated grant program focused on supporting community solutions, interventions, and deeper interrogations to understand the root causes of this ongoing epidemic.

Click here for the full 2022 Epidemic of Violence: Missing and Murdered Women of Color 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:

Spring 2022 Sessions:

  • Wednesday, January 19, 3:30 - 4:30 pm CST
  • Friday, January 28, 9 - 10 am 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.