There are four grant cycles, each with a different deadline and a different focus area. Questions about grant opportunities should be directed to the contact person indicated.
Communityworks Endowment Fund: Grant funding based on alignment with Community Leadership Development, Success of All Youth and Community Environmental Sustainability. For information about opportunities to participate in these areas please contact Elizabeth Chadri,
Funds priority areas determined by Future Philanthropists Program participants. In the past, the priority area has been youth programs that have youth leadership involved in the program design.
To view last year's guidelines, download guidelines and application
Grants awarded May 2020
Learn more about the Future Philanthropists Program
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, the Community Foundation has made changes to its Community Grants Program for 2020. This year, the funding priority is Basic Human and Health Needs by supporting general operating budgets of organizations that serve Oak Park and River Forest, and our neighboring communities of Forest Park, Maywood, Elmwood Park, Cicero, Berwyn, Austin and Galewood (of Chicago).
Proposals will be accepted by invitation ONLY.
Awards up to $2,000 in capacity building grants for emerging professionals working in small community organizations and/or projects to bring their work to the next level.
Visit the NextGen Leaders in Philanthropy page to learn more.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, NextGen Leaders will not carry out a call for submissions in 2020. Instead, NextGen will provide support to its past grantees. Guidelines for 2021 will be released winter 2021.
Grant funding to charitable organizations that improve the livelihood of individuals, especially through education or medical services, with an emphasis on such services for the elderly.
Important DatesIn light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kott Memorial Charitable Trust will accept proposals by invitation ONLY.
Visit the website at www.kotttrust.org