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Grants to Illinois Nonprofits to Address the Needs of Girls and Women in Eligible Areas in the Wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic


Geographic Focus

USA: Illinois: Cook County, north of the City of Chicago and east of Highway 43, and all of Lake County

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North Shore Giving Circle

Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW)

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #201454

Grant Description

Grants of up to $15,000 to Illinois nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to address the needs of girls and women in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. 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. Eligible applicants serve Cook County, north of the City of Chicago and east of Highway 43, and all of Lake County.

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.

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  • 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, and must have an operating budget of at least $100,000.

The primary service area is in Cook County, north of the City of Chicago and east of Highway 43, and all of Lake County. See map on page 5 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents below.

CFW grantees may apply; however, preference will be given to organizations not currently funded through one of the Foundation’s other grant programs.

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 3 – 21, 2023: Site Visits (applicants choose virtual or in-person)
• By June 30, 2023: Notified of Funding Decision
• June/July 2023: Funding Received

Final decisions on applications for the Spring Cycles will be made at the June Board of Directors' meeting.

Guiding Principles:


Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will range from $7,500 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

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

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