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Grants & Funding

Polk Bros Foundation
Polk Bros invests in programs focusing on strong communities, strong families, education, health, arts access and learning, enhanced capacity, and strategic collaborations.
$25,000 to $500,000
October 1st, January 6, April 1st or July 1st.
501c3 organization. Complete eligibility checklist online.
312.527.4684 │
Chicago Bar Foundation
CBF offers various types of grants relating to organizational support, special projects such as court-based initiatives, and small discretionary grants.
$12,500 to $55,000
N/A. Discretionary grants awarded on a rolling basis
Illinois Equal Justice Foundation
IEJF provides grants to civil legal aid programs addressing biggest areas of need across IL, including family law, housing and access to government benefits.
$15,000 to $900,000
IL 501c3 serving low-income people (150% below FPL) free of charge or on a sliding scale. | (312) 546-6086
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
The foundation supports projects focused on health, education, employment and arts learning programs.
$20,000 to $100,000
June 1, September 1, December 1 or and March 1.
Community Memorial Foundation
CMF seeks to create healthier communities by funding organizations serving the needs of underserved communities.
Submit an LOI by 08/15 and grant proposal by 09/ 15.
501c3 serving undeserved populations in one of the 27 communities of western Cook and southeastern DuPage counties.
Public Welfare Foundation
PWF primarily funds organizations involved in initiatives to improve the criminal justice system, mass incarceration and community violence. Also funds special projects related to civil legal aid.
$20,000 to $1,000,000
Application currently closed. Check back in Fall 2023
501c3 with programs on criminal justice reform and mass incarceration reduction.
Chicago Community Trust
CCT seeks to close the racial and ethnic wealth gap by sourcing and funding good ideas through open call applications.
Up to $250,000
Ideas can be submitted at any time. Full application is by invite only.
501c3 focused on dis-invested, black and Latin X communities in Cook County.
Technical questions: Funding questions:
The Awesome Foundation
The foundation funds projects that will contribute to improving the Chicagoland community.
Application is available throughout the year.
Projects funded relate to arts, technology, and community development initiatives.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The foundation seeks proposals primed to impact health equity moving forward.
$5,000 to $2,000,000
Proposals accepted all year round
501c3 organization. Proposals will be evaluated on the strength of health equity, strength of insight and strength of idea.
Cook County Community Fund
CCCF awards grants to meet the needs of communities in areas of arts, community development, education, environment, human services and youth.
$1,000 to $5,000
Application open from March 1-April 3, 2023
IL 501c3 serving Cook County.
218.726.0232 |
Impact 100 Chicago
Impact 100 funds projects addressing needs or having a high impact within an organization or served population.
501c3 in operation for at least 36 months, submit a LOI, and operate in the Chicagoland area.
Level for Change: Yield Giving Open Call
Yield Giving supports organizations providing access to health care, housing, education and job training, employment, asset ownership, and civic engagement.
Must register by May 5 and submit application by June 12, 2023
Refer to the Open Call rules to help determine eligibility.
American Heart Association (Social Impact Fund & Bernard J Tyson Fund)
AHA invests in initiatives focusing on access to health and healthcare, food security, and economic resiliency and poverty reduction. The Tyson Fund supports programs addressing health equity.
Lawyers Trust Fund
LTF supports organizations that provide legal aid services free of charge to low-income families and individuals residing in IL.
$35,000 to $2,000,000
IL 501c3 serve low-income residents for free and employing at least one paid FT staff attorney. |

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