CFW's COVID-19 Community Response Grants

Chicago Foundation for Women

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Deadline: Jun 30, 2021

Grant amount: Up to US $7,500

Fields of work: Women & Girl Services LGBTQI Services Sexuality & LGBTQ Rights Women's Rights & Equality

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Illinois

Location of residency: Illinois

Exclusive to minorities: Yes

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NOTE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. August - December due dates:

  • Wednesday, August 26
  • Wednesday, October 7
  • Wednesday, December 2

We understand there is a high level of uncertainty in both when the crisis impact of COVID-19 will recede and what the changing needs of the community will be, so CFW grants will be flexible and we plan to keep this fund open throughout the fiscal year 2021 (June 30, 2021).

About Chicago Foundation for Women

Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) is a public foundation working to advance gender equity, which we believe to be inherently interconnected with racial, economic, and health equity. CFW envisions a world in which all women and girls, transgender, and gender non-binary people have the opportunity to thrive in safe, just and healthy communities. We celebrate the spectrum of identities and experiences of women and girls, uplift their leadership and center the voices of community to achieve true equity. CFW looks at the broad spectrum of needs of all women. We support the areas of freedom from violence, economic security, and access to health, which we see as integrally related and are paths forward toward an equitable society.

CFW's COVID-19 Community Response Grants

Grants will provide modest short term funding to organizations that are community-based and are in the position to rapidly move resources into the communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. CFW believes that these organizations will understand the needs of women, girls, transgender, and gender non-binary people of color and their families because they have deep relationships within the community. Community organizations, particularly those that include leadership from the community or are women of color-led are best positioned to identify current needs but also to shift as needs change during this fast-moving crisis.

Grants will fall into two categories:

  • Relief/services to address immediate or on-going needs or short term emergency advocacy activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Capacity-building support to stabilize organizations that directly serve communities.

These grants are time-limited and flexible to support organizations as circumstances change and new needs and challenges are identified.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • These are short term, one time grants to support your efforts to provide services or to influence advocacy to impact the immediate and on-going needs of the community that you serve. Grants could be used to provide direct services, short term advocacy, or to support the stability of your organization.
  • Eligible organizations must:
    • Be a 501(c)(3) or have a fiscal agent with a 501(c)(3).
    • Provide services in the Chicagoland area (collar counties and in some cases statewide).
    • Organizational Budget under $4 million.
    • Serve one or more priority communities.
  • Be able to affirm CFW’s Guiding Principles:
    • Chicago Foundation for Women is committed to supporting basic rights and equity of women, girls, transgender, and gender non-binary people. We consider our work both in terms of the outcome as well as the process. It is not just what we are doing, but how we are doing it. The Guiding Principles provide a framework for sharing CFW's values with the wider community, connecting its work across all issue areas and change strategies.
  • Our organization supports Chicago Foundation for Women's Guiding Principles of:
    • The importance of a gender lens in projects and organizations, meaning it is designed to benefit women, girls, transgender, and/or gender non-binary people.
    • A woman's right to reproductive justice.
    • Organizational board and staff members strive to reflect the diversity of communities served.
    • Increasing accessibility to persons with disabilities.
    • Providing a respectful environment for LGBTQ people.


  • Priority Communities:
    • Women, girls, transgender, and gender non-binary people of color, frontline workers, single-parent headed households, immigrants, and domestic workers.
    • Frontline organizations, grassroots organizations, and/or women of color-led organizations that serve women, girls, transgender, and gender non-binary people of color with budgets below $4 million.


This page was last reviewed August 16, 2020 and last updated August 16, 2020