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Highland Park Community Foundation (HPCF) Grant

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible
Locations for Programs Benefiting Local Residents

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Highland Park Community Foundation (HPCF)

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Deadline Date:

07/15/21 Receipt


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Grants to Illinois nonprofit organizations and government agencies for programs that address the needs of residents in eligible locations. First-time applicants and those not recently funded must submit a letter of interest prior to submitting a full application. Previous grants have supported areas such as education, human services, senior services, the arts, and services for individuals with disabilities. Funds must benefit the residents of Highland Park and Highwood.

Applicants must provide programs and services that are consistent with the Foundation’s mission of addressing unmet needs and expanding opportunities for all local residents.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172910

Estimated Size of Grant:

Annual Grants generally fall in $1,000 to $50,000 range and depend on the funds available for distribution in any given year as well as the nature of each request. Grants awarded to first-time applicants are typically in the $1,000-$3,000 range.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The HPCF entertains grant proposals from agencies and organizations that:
- Currently have IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, have a fiscal agent with 501(c)(3) status, or are governmental entities
- Serve a population of at least 51% Highland Park/Highwood residents through the program or service for which funding is being requested

Funding support has been provided only for specific programs and services, except for applicants that previously received funding support for general operating expenses from the City of Highland Park through its Cultural Arts Commission. Given the current circumstances, the Board may, in exceptional cases, fund requests for operating expenses.

The Board will not consider requests for endowments, capital projects, or fundraising events.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants fall into one of two categories:
- First Time Applicants: New applicants and those who applied for but were not awarded an Annual Grant from the HPCF in 2019 or 2020 must be approved to submit a grant application. For approval, please submit a letter of interest to the HPCF by June 15, 2021. (For instructions, see the link to the First Time Applicants page below.) You will be notified if your organization qualifies to submit a grant proposal. If approved, please follow the procedures below (for Approved New Applicants).
- Returning Applicants and Approved New Applicants: If you received an Annual Grant from the HPCF in 2019 or 2020 or are a pre-approved new applicant, please submit your completed application online. Applications must be complete in all respects; all items must be submitted online and received by July 15, 2021.

The HPCF will announce its 2021 Annual Grant awards at a Grant Awards Reception on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

The grant application accommodates requests for more than one program or service. You will not need to submit multiple applications.

First Time Applicants:

For information on application procedures:

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

To apply:
- First Time Applicants: Please email the letter of interest to
- Returning Applicants and Approved New Applicants: Please apply online at

All applicants should send supplemental materials, including printed materials and photos, via email to

To send something by postal mail, please send one copy to:
Highland Park Community Foundation
P. O. Box 398
Highland Park, IL 60035

For questions, please contact Executive Director Terri Olian at or call 847-433-4100.

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