Funding Opportunities

Title: Healing Illinois

Organization: Illinois Department of Human Services and The Chicago Community Trust

Description: Healing Illinois is a racial healing initiative led by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), in partnership with The Chicago Community Trust, designed to distribute $4.5 million in grants to organizations across the state to activate the work of racial healing. More information here.


Title: Chicago Neighborhood Development Award

Organization: Richard H. Driehaus Foundation for Architectural Excellence in Community Design

Description: There are seven Chicago Neighborhood Development Award categories that are open to Chicago-area organizations for application. For the CNDA Awards, teams of three to four volunteer judges, representing both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, evaluate and rate each applicant on three primary aspects of the organization or project. More information here.

Deadline: October 15, 2020


Title: Community Solutions for Health Equity

Organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that communities of color are disproportionately burdened by racist and oppressive systems — from health care to education to housing — with significant consequences to physical and mental health. Community Solutions for Health Equity is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RFJF) launched in the summer of 2019. It is focused on elevating the voices of communities of color and other communities left out of discussions when local health care systems in the United States are creating policy. Racism and bias are often at the root of communities of color and other communities being excluded from policy considerations, often by design. This program attempts to address those issues directly: by supporting communities to identify a problem that negatively affects consumers; envision solutions; and partner with health care systems to implement them. More information here.

Letter of Intent Deadline: October 7, 2020 by 3:00 pm (EST)

Proposals Deadline: January 18, 2021 by 3:00 pm (EST)


Title: Policies for Action: Public Policy Research to Advance Racial Equity and Racial Justice

Organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Description:The goal of the Policies for Action call for proposals is to build the evidence base about how national, state, and local policies can improve racial equity in health and well-being in the United States. More info here.

Deadline: November 24, 2020

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