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Responsive Grants

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits to Address the Health and
Human Services Needs of Residents in Eligible Areas

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Memorial Foundation (CMF)

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Deadline Date:

09/15/18 5:00 PM CST


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Grants to Illinois nonprofit organizations to address the health and human services needs of residents in western Cook and southeastern DuPage Counties. Some organizations will be required to submit a letter of intent before August 15. Organizations requesting multi-year grants must contact program staff prior to applying. Responsive grants are allocated for program services as well as for general operating support.

Grant applications which address increased coordination and integration of health and human services and align with Regional Health and Human Services Agenda values will receive higher consideration.

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 to reduce stigma and treat youth and adults in need
- 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
- Ensure that residents are safe from interpersonal violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and child abuse
- 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

The Foundation gives preference to organizations that address identified needs among underserved segments of the population.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168569

Term of Contract:

Organizations requesting multi-year grants must first contact Foundation 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.

Generally, Community Memorial Foundation does not fund programs that are geared primarily for academic credit.

Not funded:
- Organizations that illegally discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, age or national origin
- 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
- Endowments
- Tickets to dinners or advertising space in program books or other publications
- Cost of in-patient care

Pre-Application Information:

Responsive grant proposals are reviewed twice a year and must be submitted by 5:00 PM CST on the following dates:

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

Letters of intent are reviewed on a rolling basis, but must be completed online before 5:00 PM CST on the following dates:

- February 15 for consideration within the spring grant cycle
- August 15 for consideration within the fall grant cycle

Organizations must submit an online letter of intent (LOI) if any of the following apply:
- The organization has never received a program or general operating grant from Community Memorial Foundation
- The organization has not received a program or general operating grant from Community Memorial Foundation in the past three years
- The organization intends to request more than $25,000 from the Foundation

Requests that do not meet the above criteria are not required to submit a letter of intent and may simply submit an online application .

Staff will review the LOI upon receipt and will notify the organization within two weeks if it has been invited to submit a full proposal. An invitation to submit a full proposal is no guarantee of funding.

All letters of intent must be submitted through the Foundation’s GIFTS Online grants management system.

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.

How to apply for a Responsive Grant:

Grant Guidelines:

Funding priorities:

For the Regional Health and Human Services agenda:

Contact Information:

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

Begin online letter of intent:

Apply online:

Tom Fuechtmann ,
Senior Program Officer

Community Memorial Foundation
15 Spinning Wheel Road, Ste. 326
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Phone: 630-654-4729

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: western Cook and Southeastern DuPage Counties