Foundation / Corporation
Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW)
07/18/18 5:00 PM - Economic Security
Grants to Illinois nonprofit organizations working to improve the quality of life for women and girls in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Program areas include economic security, access to health, and freedom from violence. Eligible programs are located in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties.
The Foundation seeks to expand economic security to all women and girls so that they can care for themselves and their families in all stages of life.
Program priorities are to:
-Support job training, post secondary education, and life skills necessary to secure and keep a job, earn a living wage, and seek opportunities for advancement
-Expand women’s equal opportunity in employment, including work/life balance policies, pay equity, and inclusion in traditionally male trades
-Advance public policies to prevent and end poverty
-Preserve, support, and improve public safety-net programs, including food stamps, childcare subsidies, affordable housing, transportation assistance, state and federal Earned Income Tax Credits, Medicaid, and Medicare
-Protect and support young women’s and girls’ educational inclusion and achievement
Freedom from violence:
The Foundation is dedicated to expanding women’s and girls’ freedom from violence in all its forms, including family violence, child and elder abuse, dating violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, prostitution and trafficking.
Program priorities are to:
-Advance comprehensive violence prevention strategies and policies
-Improve the response of society’s systems, including the courts, law enforcement, education, health care, and other service providers
-Increase the coordination of services for survivors of violence
-Increase public understanding of the issues with the intention of ending violence against women and girls
-Involve men and boys in efforts to end violence against women
-Support survivors in underserved communities, including LBTQ, older, and immigrant women
Access to health services and information:
The Foundation is committed to enhancing women’s and girls’ access to high-quality health services and information related to mental, physical, preventive, and reproductive health.
Program priorities are to:
-Address the wellness needs of an aging population of women and their families
-Advocate for reproductive justice
-Expand responsible sexual health education programs
-Provide culturally competent health services and information to diverse populations
GrantWatch ID#: 174977
Organizations must have 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal agent with 501(c)(3) status.
Applicants may not be a federal, state, county or city government agency.
Applicants may not be a religious organization seeking support for projects of a religious purpose.
Applicants may not be public or private school.
Applicant must be able to answer "yes" to the following questions:
-Is the work intentionally designed to benefit women and girls?
-Does the organization support a woman’s right to reproductive justice?
-Do the organization’s board and staff members reflect the diversity of the communities served? Or, is the organization making strides to do so?
-Is the organization accessible to persons with disabilities? Or, is the organization making efforts to become accessible?
-Does the organization provide a respectful environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) people?
-Is the organization within the six-county metropolitan area: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties?
-Does the work of the organization primarily impact women and girls in the Chicago metropolitan area?
Organizations may not seek funding for:
-For-profit business ventures
-Individual day care center operations
-Special events or conferences (except as stated under the Strategic Response Fund)
CFW offers grantmaking orientations to prospective applicants. If your organization would like to learn more about the grantmaking process at CFW, please attend:
Fall 2018 Sessions:
-Friday, June 15 at 10 a.m.*
-Monday, June 18 at 3 p.m.*
*Both sessions will be offered in person and via webinar.
140 South Dearborn Street, Suite 400
A link for the webinar will be sent via email prior to the session.
To attend, please contact Lora York. Please be sure to indicate whether you will attend in person or via webinar.
All prospective applicants are encouraged call with questions prior to submitting an application.
The Foundation considers most grants proposals during one of two grantmaking cycles, in spring and fall. These cycles are called "primary" grant cycles. Submissions to the Foundation's three issue areas—economic security, freedom from violence, and health—are accepted as follows:
-Freedom from Violence
Next Primary Cycle: Fall 2018
-Focus: Economic Security
-Due Date for Letter of Inquiry: Wednesday, July 18
Applications are due by 5:00 PM on the deadline date.
Final decisions on applications for the Fall Cycle will be made at the December Board of Directors’ meeting. Final decisions on applications for the Spring Cycle will be made at June Board of Directors' meeting.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Access the online application system here:
Lora York, Program Officer
USA: Illinois: Chicago metropolitan area (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties)