2019 GRANT CYCLE

This year, we leveraged insights from last year’s grant cycle and made progress towards instituting more equitable processes and refining funding strategies to better reflect the ecosystems of organizations that serve our region.  

 

We implemented a new two-stage application process that began with a Letter of Intent (LOI) to honor the amount of time and effort that is invested in by grant seekers to produce grant applications and by our small staff to thoroughly evaluate them.

 

We conducted site visits for all organizations that submitted a full proposal to learn directly from them, their clients and/or participants about their work to improve the health and well-being of communities.

 

We reviewed grant applications with our grantmaking principles in mind and a vision of how our investments could be leveraged to help create long-term partnerships, community impact and equitable change.

OUR GRANTMAKING STRATEGY

Our 2019 grant recipients demonstrate strong collaboration with community stakeholders, understand the intersectionality of health and social issues, address gaps in health services and other programming and conduct health-focused research and/or policy and advocacy for our service area, especially for our Legacy & Equity residents (which are 71% of the total HCF service area).

Our grant recipients’ current and proposed work aligns with at least one of our grantmaking priorities below:

HCF Grantmaking Priorities

WAYS WE GIVE

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT

Most of our funding goes towards this giving area. We firmly believe in strengthening our partner organizations from within, so they can focus on advancing their work towards providing health serves and addressing health equity. 

STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

We fund strategic health initiatives that explore new opportunities and/or address crises and emergencies.

CAPACITY BUILDING

We support strategies that promote effective organizational practices and strengthen leadership skills, setting the foundation for a healthy, strong nonprofit ecosystem.

2019 GRANTS SUMMARY

General Operating Support
Strategic Initiatives
Capacity Building

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT GRANT ALLOCATION

By Funding Principle


  • Access

  • Address

  • Advocate

  • Augment

By GEOGRAPHIC AREA


  • Legacy and Equity

  • HCF General

  • HCF Regional

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2019 GRANT RECIPIENTS!

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT 

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STRATEGIC INITIATIVES & CAPACITY BUILDING

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STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

Community Health Worker Pilot Year 2

Illinois Immigrant Funders Collaborative

Philanthropy for a Racial Equitable Greater Chicago

Illinois Partners for Human Services: Health and Human Services Study 

Protecting Immigrant Families – Illinois

CAPACITY BUILDING

Leadership Institute

Point the Way

Lyons Youth Mental Health Pilot 

Forefront Mission Sustainability Initiative

Chicago Latinos in Philanthropy

Warehouse Project