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Woods Fund of Chicago Core Grantmaking

Grants to Chicago Area, Illinois Nonprofits
to Reduce Poverty and Racial Inequality

GrantWatch ID#: 176790
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Woods Fund of Chicago



07/07/17 11:59 PM

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Grants to Chicago Metropolitan Area, Illinois nonprofit organizations working to reduce poverty and promote racial equality. Information sessions are scheduled for April 27 and May 4. LOIs are due by May 22. Preference will be given to organizations working within the City of Chicago. The organization’s efforts should include leadership by and inclusion of communities most impacted by poverty and structural racism.

Core grantmaking areas include:

-Community Organizing;
-Public Policy Advocacy; and
-Intersection of Community Organizing and Public Policy Advocacy

Woods Fund Vision: Woods Fund Chicago seeks to help create a society where people of all racial and ethnic groups, across all levels of social and economic status, are empowered and have a voice to influence policies that impact their lives, and where all communities are free of poverty and racism.

Woods Fund Mission: Woods Fund Chicago is a grantmaking foundation committed to the promotion of social, economic, and racial justice through the support of community organizing and public policy advocacy that engages people who are most impacted.

New applicants must be organizations as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or have a fiscal sponsor that is such. They should also have a written ruling from the IRS that they are an organization as described under Section 509(a)(1), (2), or (3) of the Code.

Not Eligible:
-Business or economic development projects
-Capital campaigns, capital projects, and capital acquisitions
-Sponsorship of fundraising benefits or program advertising
-Health care institutions
-Housing construction or rehabilitation
-Individual needs
-Medical and scientific research
-Programs in and for individual public and private schools
-Religious or ecumenical programs
-Residential care, rehabilitation, counseling, clinics, and recreation programs
-Scholarships and fellowships
-Social and welfare services, except special projects with a clear public policy strategy

Woods Fund Chicago provides grant seeking organizations an opportunity to learn about the Foundation’s grantmaking guidelines and process. The following Woods Fund Chicago Grant Seeker Information Session are available:

-Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

-Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

More information about information sessions may be found here:

Core Grants are issued two times a year. Core grantmaking involves a two-part application process. The first part is the submission of the Letter of Inquiry or Intent to Apply form for new applicants and renewing organizations, respectively.

If invited, the applicants proceed to the second part of the process which is submission of a Full Application or Integrated Application for new applicants or incumbents, respectively.

Board Decision for Fall--September 2017
-Letter of Inquiry Form and Intent to Apply Submission Date: May 22, 2017
-Letter of Inquiry Form and Intent to Apply Response Date: June 9, 2017
-Full Application and Integrated Application Submission Dates: July 7, 2017

All forms are due by 11:59 PM on the due date.

How to Apply:

Application Tutorial Video:

Awards Timeline:

Funding Limitations and Restrictions:

More information about Public Policy and Advocacy may be found here:

More information about Community Organizing may be found here:

More information about the Intersection of Community Organizing and Public Policy Advocacy may be found here:

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

Register for the April 27 information session:

Register for the May 4 information session:

Apply Online:

Deborah D. Clark, Grants and Operations Manager

Woods Fund of Chicago
35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1760
Chicago, IL 60601

P: 312-782-2698
F: 312-782-4155

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