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Grants to Illinois Nonprofits to Address the Needs of Women in Eligible Locations


Geographic Focus

USA: Illinois: Kankakee County

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Rosie Fund Grant

Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #183211

Grant Description

Grants of up to $2,500 to Illinois nonprofit organizations for projects that address the needs of women in eligible locations. New applicants must attend a workshop prior to applying. Funding is intended for programs in the focus areas of education, healthcare, child care, and basic necessities, such as clothing, transportation, and lodging. Grant awards are to be made only to those nonprofit organizations and programs operating within Kankakee County.

The Rosie Fund exists to channel financial aid resources to existing not-for-profit organizations for the express purpose of alleviating unmet needs of women in Kankakee County that are not funded through traditional financial resources, and is administered by the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley.

Grantmaking Priorities

Grant applications are to adhere to the grant application guidelines. Criteria for grant distribution within your agency would include the following:

  • Must be female
  • No traditional resources are available, or adequate or exhausted, for the particular situation
  • Funds to be used for client services such as:
    • Education
    • Health Care
    • Child Care
    • Basic necessities (i.e. lodging, transportation, clothing, etc.)
  • Funds distributed to the provider of the service, not directly to the individual unless some purpose such as transportation.
  • Distributions will be confidential
  • Report will be sent to The Community Foundation Board of Directors stating how funds were used.
  • Funds can be carried over to the following year
  • Must submit required documents as listed on the application attachments list

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant awards are to be made only to those nonprofit organizations and programs operating within Kankakee and Iroquois Counties. Awards are made only to organizations with charitable 501(c)(3) classifications by the Internal Revenue Service, or to quasi-governmental agencies, e.g., school districts, libraries, park districts, etc.

The Rosie Fund typically awards grants to local not-for-profits that provide services for women.


Projects Generally Not Funded
While the Community Foundation attempts to remain flexible to community needs, in general, grants are not intended to support:
▪ Religious purposes (However, grants may be given to religious organizations for programs or projects that are consistent with the Rosie Fund grant priorities)
▪ Purchase of advertising
▪ Capital or operation debt reduction; however, capital items needed for training purposes will be considered
▪ Political campaigns or to support attempts to influence legislative issues of any governmental
▪ Multiple proposals from one organization

Are There Expense Categories Discouraged by the Community Foundation which could jeopardize selection?
▪ Expenses for technology with shorter-term life/use.
▪ Administrative costs (particularly salary, fringe benefits, space, general office expenses such as utilities, office equipment, supplies, etc.)

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Grantseekers Workshop must be attended for organizations applying for the first time. Grantseekers workshops will be held Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 1 pm & 5:30 pm via Zoom. Register for this event below.

Pre-Application Information:

Next Spring Grant Cycle begins January 17, 2023. Applications must be submitted by March 3, 2023 at 5:00 pm.

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

The Rosie Fund typically awards grants annually to one or more organizations.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Rosie Fund typically awards grants between $500 and $2,500 annually.

Term of Contract:

Awards are generally made for one year at a time. Multiple-year awards will be considered if circumstances justify it; however, sustainability after the grant award-making period should be explained.

Contact Information:

Grants Portal:

If you have questions, you may contact the Community Foundation Office at 815-939-1611 or by email at

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