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Grants to Illinois Nonprofits in Eligible Areas to Benefit Women and Girls in the Wake of the Coronavirus Crisis

Western Suburbs Giving Circle

GrantWatch ID# 201475
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Illinois: Chicago Western Suburbs

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/31/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $15,000 to Illinois nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for activities that benefit local women and girls, particularly following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended for programming and operating support within the focus areas of economic stability, freedom from gender-based violence, and access to quality health care in the western suburbs of Chicago.

This spring CFW continues to be interested in funding organizations that are envisioning COVID-19 recovery that centers women, in particular women of color. They are looking for innovative ways of creating a gender-responsive recovery, addressing the disparate impact of the pandemic. Priority areas include:

  • Get Women Back to Work
  • Address the Eviction Crisis
  • Care for our Caregivers
  • Demand an Antiracist Healthcare System

Some examples of effort within those priority areas could include workforce development strategies that not only get women back into the workforce but consider their long-term economic security; innovative plans to address the crisis in childcare and unpaid care work; approaches to increase access to care (mental, physical and reproductive services) and improve black maternal health; or defenses against the attacks on the array of reproductive health services particularly abortion access.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Organizations must be a 501c3 or have a fiscal agent with a 501c3
- Operating budget of $3 million or less
- Primary service area is in the westerns suburbs
- Current and past grantees of WSGC may apply
- CFW grantees may apply, however, preference will be given to organizations not currently funded through one of the Foundation’s other grant programs
- Organization aligns with CFW’s five Guiding Principles.

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.

Spring 2023 Sessions*:
- Thursday, January 12, 3:00 - 4:30 pm CST
- Tuesday, January 17, 9:00 - 10:30 am CST
*Sessions will be offered virtually.

To RSVP to attend an orientation session, click here:

Pre-Application Information
• Monday, December 12, 2022: RFP Opens
• January 12 & 17, 2023: Applicant Information Sessions
• Tuesday, January 31, 2023: Proposal Deadline, 5:00 pm
• April 10 – 30, 2023: Site Visits (applicants choose virtual or in-person)
• By June 30, 2023: Notified of Funding Decision
• June/July 2023: Funding Received

Guiding Principles:


Estimated Size of Grant
Grants will range from $5,000 to $15,000.

Term of Contract
Funds awarded are a one-year grant for work being done between July 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Direct questions to Vanessa Lee at

Chicago Foundation for Women
140 S. Dearborn Street, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60603

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