Important Dates

  1. LOI Portal Opens

    May 15th, 2019
  2. LOI Information Session

    May 21st, 2019
    Download the Info Session presentation here..
  3. LOI Deadline

    July 1st, 2019
    LOIs are due by 11:59pm on this date.
  4. Invites Out for Full Apps

    July 15th, 2019
  5. Full App Deadline

    August 15th, 2019
    Full Apps are due by 11:59pm on this date.
  6. Site Visits Begin

    August 26th, 2019
    To be conducted through September.
  7. Grant Award Announcements

    December 20th, 2019

Our Grantmaking Strategy

We aim to achieve health equity across our 27-zip code service region in Chicago and western Cook County suburbs by addressing both the medical factors that influence health as well as the upstream, midstream and downstream social determinants of health. To learn more about our communities, we conducted local research of our service region which highlighted the deep health disparities that exist in our communities and the impact of social determinants of health. These learnings helped shape our Strategic Plan and, as a result, the focus of our grantmaking is to fund organizations and institutions that demonstrate alignment with our mission, values, and our grantmaking priorities. 

 

We invite you to learn more about this research, zip code by zip code, on our “Research and Data” page. You can also learn about the ways we give here.

2019 GRANTMAKING COMMITMENT

In 2018, our total grantmaking was $5.1 million with $4.25 million going toward one-year general operating support to 69 organizations. As communities evolve and as health issues intersect with other social issues, we remain committed to being responsive and collaborative towards community-informed and -defined solutions.

 

For the 2019 grant cycle, we will direct a similar amount in general operating funds as in 2018 towards addressing individual health needs and systemic barriers to health. During this cycle, applicants may apply for one-year General Operating Support or Project Support grants.

 

For more information, please access our 2019 Grant Guidelines here.

OUR GRANTMAKING PRIORITIES

All organizations must be able to demonstrate that their proposed work aligns with at least one of the categories below.

 

Click on each category to learn more.

WHO WE FUND

  • Nonprofit organizations that are exempt from federal income tax under provisions of section 501(c)3 of the IRS Code. Organizations that are not tax-exempt may apply with a fiscal agent. 
  • For an organization to be eligible, at least 20% of total individuals served must live in our service region.

 

For hospitals and university systems with operating budgets greater than $10 million, we will only award Project Support grants for initiatives located within our service region which demonstrate strategic partnership with and a strong commitment to local community partner(s).  

WHAT WE DO NOT FUND

  • Businesses
  • Capital campaigns*
  • Government Entities
  • Individuals
  • National organizations not focused on our service region
  • Partisan political activities
  • Religious activities
  • Scholarships
  • School Districts & Individual Schools (including PTOs)

 

Generally, we do not fund more than 10% of an organization’s operating budget.

 

*Only capital expenses for materials will be considered for funding (i.e. medical equipment, dental chairs).

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

  • Demonstration of strong engagement, commitment, and knowledge of the communities served within our service region.
  • Strong understanding of the intersectionality of health and other social issues and how the proposed work will improve specific health outcomes.
  • Clear articulation about the focus on racial and health equity.
  • Involvement and deep collaboration beyond own programs with partners from the community(ies) served, health fields and from other sectors.

Application Instructions

OUR NEW APPLICATION PROCESS

STAGE 1: DUE JULY 1st

LETTER OF INTENT

Applicants can submit an abbreviated application through our online grants portal, WizeHive. An LOI outline is available for review within these guidelines.

STAGE 2: DUE AUGUST 15TH

INVITATION-ONLY FULL APP

After we review the Letters of Intent, select applicants will be invited to submit a full application via our online grants portal. We will directly notify invited applicants.

Note: We will consider only one LOI per organization/institution. Organizations serving as fiscal agents may submit two–one on behalf of the organization and one on behalf of the sponsored organization.

ONLINE GRANTS PORTAL

To apply for funding in the 2019 grant cycle, the LOI and subsequent full application (if applicable) should be submitted via our online grants portal, WizeHive.

 

Applicants with an existing WizeHive account will see the funding opportunity on the homepage. New applicants must create an organizational profile before having access to the current grant cycle.

 

Note: Organizations should not create duplicate accounts. If there is a need for a new password, please click on “Forgot My Password”. If the email address associated with the account is no longer active or you are having issues retrieving the password, please contact cperez@hcfdn.org.