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Grants to Illinois Nonprofits in Eligible Areas for
Increased Integration of Health and Human Services

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Memorial Foundation (CMF)

Deadline Date:

09/15/17 5:00 PM


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Grants to Illinois nonprofits in Chicago's western suburbs for programs and services that measurably improve health, especially those programs that address increased coordination and integration of health and human services. Organizations requesting multi-year grants must contact program staff prior to applying.

The Foundation will place priority on the following programs and strategies:

- Ensure adequate access to timely, affordable, high-quality physical, mental, and/or oral healthcare services.
- Provide services that promote good mental and behavioral health in order to reduce stigma and treat those in need.
- Ensure that residents are safe from interpersonal violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and child abuse.
- Increase health equity by reducing the health, social, and economic barriers to optimal well-being and quality of life, e.g. language, cultural competence, gender, age and ability to pay.
- Address the effect of poverty on health by providing for basic needs such as access to nutritious food, homelessness prevention, and promotion of self-sufficiency.
- Nurture the development of health and human service leaders in the region that are service-oriented, reflect the diversity of CMF communities, and advance the Regional Health and Human Services Agenda.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168569

Term of Contract:

Organizations requesting multi-year grants must first contact CMF staff prior to written submission.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Every organization seeking a grant must be designated as a 501(c)(3) as determined by the Internal Revenue Service Internal Revenue Code.

Grants are awarded to organizations located within the Foundation’s geographic target area or serve the local population in the communities of:

Bridgeview (60455)
Broadview (60155)
Brookfield (60513)
Burr Ridge (60527)
Clarendon Hills (60514)
Countryside (60525)
Darien (60561)
Downers Grove (60515-16)
Hickory Hills (60457)
Hinsdale (60521-22)
Hodgkins (60525)
Indian Head Park (60525)
Justice (60458)
La Grange (60525)
La Grange Park (60526)
Lyons (60534)
McCook (60525)
North Riverside (60546)
Oak Brook (60523)
Riverside (60546)
Stickney (60402)
Summit (60501)
Westchester (60154)
Western Springs (60558)
Westmont (60559)
Willowbrook (60527)
Willow Springs (60480)

Generally, CMF does not consider more than one proposal from any one institution during a 12-month period. However, consideration may be given to more than one proposal from departments or divisions of large organizations when submitted through the office of the chief executive and/or development office of the parent organization.

Not funded:

- Organizations that limit services to any one religious group or members of a specific sectarian perspective.
- Organizations that as a substantial part of their activities attempt to influence legislation, or directly or indirectly participate in and/or intervene in political organizations, political campaigns or lobbying groups.
- Individuals
- Organizations that illegally discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, age or national origin.
- Tickets to dinners or advertising space in program books or other publications.
- Endowments
- Cost of in-patient care.

Pre-Application Information:


Responsive grant proposals are reviewed twice a year. Your complete proposal must be submitted online by 5:00 PM on the following deadlines:

Spring Cycle:
March 15 for review at the June board meeting

Fall Cycle:
September 15 for review at the December board meeting

Please note that deadlines falling on a weekend or holiday are moved to the next occurring weekday.

If you are applying for a technical assistance grant, under Eligibility questions, you will select yes to the question, "Are you applying for a technical assistance grant?" This will take you to Stage 1, which is a brief application or "Letter of Intent." Once you have submitted the brief application, it will be reviewed by the Program Officer. Once approved, you may move forward to Stage 2 where you will complete the full technical assistance application.

The Responsive Grants Program process begins with the submission of grant applications that are accepted twice a year. Staff conducts a preliminary review of the proposals to make sure the application packet is complete and all required attachments are included.

The next step is a review of the proposals by staff. This includes a site visit to your office or where clients are being served. Generally, site visits are scheduled over a two-week period. During this time, staff may also call or email you with questions or clarifications.

Following the board meeting, staff contacts the agencies through either phone calls or by letter, notifying them of the board's decision. The whole process from receipt of grant proposals to the board meeting generally lasts a little over two months.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Thomas Fuechtmann, Senior Program Officer

Community Memorial Foundation
15 Spinning Wheel Road, Ste. 326
Hinsdale, IL 60521

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Chicago's Western suburbs

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