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Woods Fund of Chicago Grants

Grants to Promote Employment and
Reduce Poverty and Racism

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Foundation / Corporation

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Woods Fund of Chicago

Deadline Date:

03/24/11 12:00 AM


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Grants totaling $3.4 million to address the needs of the less advantaged by promoting employment opportunities, reducing poverty and eliminating structural racism. Funding is provided for organizations that engage less-advantaged individuals and communities and help them participate in decision making that affects them, promote a sense of community and more effective public policies, and address racism and the root causes of poverty. Support is awarded in three program areas: Community Organizing, Public Policy, and the Intersection of Community Organizing and Public Policy.

Community Organizing grants support the development of community organizations that bring together leaders, develop relationships with other similar organizations, and engage community residents to improve the effectiveness of operations and outreach. This program will also support community-based artistic efforts that can demonstrate the use of art and culture as a successful strategy for systematic change, by inspiring and engaging less advantaged communities to develop solutions to community issues and organizing to advance public policy.

Public Policy grants supports policy and constituency-building work to improve the quality of life of the disadvantaged. Proposals should address mployment and workforce related issues including: transportation, affordable housing, childcare, public school reform, and governmental accountability. Policy efforts should be developed to reduce barriers toi employment and advancement and enable the working poor to meet their family's basic needs. Eligible activities may include, but are not limited to, constituency building, research and information gathering, networking and coalition building, informing public officials and administrators, public awareness and communication, and demonstration projects.

Intersection of Community Organizing and Public Policy grants support strategic organizing to address system and policy change at the city, region and state level, create policy campaigns and engage elected officials and the public, and/or use arts and culture to build relationships between community organizations and public policy groups. The purpose of this program is to engage community disadvantaged individuals and give them a voice in the public policy arena and to expand local organizing efforts to a broader geography.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 124295

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

$20,000 - $35,000


  • Community-based Organizations; CBO(s)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are given exclusively to organizations that focus on the metropolitan Chicago region

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are required to submit an inquiry form by January 31, 2011, If invited to apply, full applications will be due by March 24, 2011. The Woods Fund requires this form be submitted in electronic format, as an e-mail word processing attachment, no later than midnight on the due date. Forms should be sent to

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Woods Fund of Chicago
35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1760
Chicago, IL 60601
312-782-2698 ext. 100

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois