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

CFW's COVID-19 Community Response Grants - OPEN

Grants will provide modest short term funding to organizations that are community-based and are in the position to rapidly move resources into the communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. CFW believes that these organizations will understand the needs of women, girls, transgender, and gender non-binary people of color and their families because they have deep relationships within the community. Community organizations, particularly those that include leadership from the community or are women of color-led are best positioned to identify current needs but also to shift as needs change during this fast-moving crisis.

Grants 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. These grants are time-limited and flexible to support organizations as circumstances change and new needs and challenges are identified.

You can find a pdf version of the full guidelines here.
Grants will be up to $7,500.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

August - December due dates:

  • Wednesday, August 26
  • Wednesday, October 7
  • Wednesday, December 2

Next:

Primary Cycle: Fall 2020
Application and guidelines released on August 17.

Due Date: September 28

Eleanor Network: Training and Stabilization Grants
Application and guidelines released on August 24.

Due Date: October 5

To access our online application system, please click here.

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 2020 Sessions:

  • Tuesday, August 25, 9 - 10 am
  • Thursday, September 3, 3 - 4 pm

*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.