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McGraw Foundation Grant

Grants to Chicago, Illinois Nonprofits for Human
Services, Education, and Conservation Programs

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McGraw Foundation

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Illinois nonprofit organizations in the greater Chicago area for programs that benefit local residents. The Foundation is especially interested in funding programs related to education, conservation, and human services. The main focus is education at every level, with an emphasis on higher education in the fields of science and environment.

In addition, grants are made to social service agencies, emphasizing those dealing with children. The Foundation also occasionally makes grants in the areas of health, medical research, and the arts. Grants may be made for general operating support, specific projects, and occasionally, capital programs.

The Foundation will occasionally make large grants ($50,000 or more) to support unusually promising efforts in any of its areas of interest. Innovative research, special education, and/or other activities will be considered if the Foundation’s support would assist an effort or a project in making a significant impact benefiting mankind.

Elementary and Special Education:
McGraw Foundation supports a wide array of organizations that focus on assisting the education and advancement of children as well as adults. McGraw Foundation makes grants to elementary schools and organizations involved in all areas of special needs education. Funding in this arena has encompassed many organizations that provide services such as after-school tutoring, special education, and adult literacy.

Higher Education:
The Foundation has been a pioneer in support of environmental education at the highest level by establishing three chaired professorships at local universities.

Civic and Cultural:
Complimenting its main focus on education and the environment, McGraw Foundation has supported some of Chicago’s distinctive cultural and arts organizations. Areas of interest include zoological societies’ animal conservation, public communication, musical organizations, and civic organizations’ promotion of science and the general welfare of society.

Human Services:
McGraw Foundation is concerned with helping people in need. While the emphasis is on organizations serving children, funding also extends to people of all ages. Children’s issues that have been supported throughout the years include child welfare, foster care and adoption, family counseling, enriching summer camps, and crisis intervention.

Funding for quality-of-life issues for people of all ages has included developmental disabilities, health clinics domestic violence, housing and homelessness, job training and continued support, and senior needs.

Health and Medical:
Health and medical funding have included specific medical research, rehabilitation, support programs for patients and their families, medical attention for people without health insurance, palliative care, and hospice organizations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163397

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests are suggested to be within a range of $2,500 (or less) to $10,000. The Foundation will occasionally make large grants ($50,000 or more) to support unusually promising efforts in any of its areas of interest.

Term of Contract:

Grants will be made on a single year basis.

Annual grants on a recurring basis may be made to sustain operations of some organizations, however, long-term dependency situations are not favored.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation will support only organizations qualified as tax-exempt, (i.e., 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) or (a)(2) organizations), under the regulations of the United States Internal Revenue Service.

Grants generally are limited to organizations located in the greater Chicago area.

- The Foundation does not make grants directly to individuals.
- The Foundation does not make grants for purposes that are strictly religious in nature.
- The Foundation does not make grants for specific events, such as seminars, conferences, etc.
- The Foundation does not normally support theater groups.
- The Foundation does not normally support public or private high schools.

Pre-Application Information:

The grant request deadline is February 1, 2018. Applicants will be notified of grant decisions usually by July 1, following the annual meeting of the Foundation Board of Directors.

The use of the matching grant, or “challenge” approach is encouraged where feasible.

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Contact Information:

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

Grant requests must be mailed or emailed to the following address:

Mr. Gordon LaBounty, Executive Director
McGraw Foundation
P.O. Box 897
Dundee, Illinois 60118

Phone: 847-841-1029

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: The greater Chicago area