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Chicago Foundation for Women Grants

Grants to Chicago Area, Illinois Nonprofits
to Benefit Local Women and Girls

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Foundation / Corporation

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Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW)

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Deadline Date:

08/05/19 5:30 PM - Economic Security


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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.

Economic security:

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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174977

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-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
-Endowment campaigns
-Capital expenses
-Capital campaigns
-Individual day care center operations
-Special events or conferences (except as stated under the Strategic Response Fund)

Pre-proposal Conference:

CFW offers grantmaking orientations to prospective applicants. If your organization would like to learn more about the grantmaking process at CFW, please attend:

Fall 2019 Sessions:
-Thursday, June 13 at 2:00 pm
-Friday, June 21 at 10:00 am

*Sessions will be offered in person and via webinar.

CFW Offices: 140 South Dearborn Street, Suite 400, Chicago

Please RSVP to Melanie Conway at

Pre-Application Information:

The Fall 2019 cycle Letter of Inquiry is open now and will be due Monday, August 5 at 5:30 pm.

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:

Spring Cycle:
-Freedom from Violence

Fall Cycle:
-Economic Security

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.

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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.

Access the online application system here:

Lora York, Program Officer

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Chicago metropolitan area (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties)