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.
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.
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.
for health-related policies and systems change
We take an upstream approach to influencing health by addressing the root causes of inequities. We aim to impact existing structures and policies by supporting efforts that ensure our communities are part of the decision-making tables.
knowledge through capacity-building
Beyond financial support, we direct resources that can help partners effectively deliver their missions over the long haul. We also support strategies that give communities access to local health data which can enhance their capacity to make informed health-related decisions.
social determinants of health
Overall health is deeply influenced by where we live, work, learn and play. While residents in our region do not have equitable access to resources and opportunities that impact long-term health outcomes, they have a nuanced understanding of the challenges they face and potential solutions.
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).
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).
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.
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 email@example.com.