CMF Responsive Grants

Community Memorial Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Next deadline: Feb 15, 2020 3:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Mar 15, 2020 3:00pm PDT (Full proposal), Aug 15, 2020 3:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry), Sep 15, 2020 3:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Illinois: Cook County, DuPage County

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: Organizations must submit an online letter of intent (LOI) if any of the following apply:

  • The organization has never received a program or general operating grant from Community Memorial Foundation
  • The organization has not received a program or general operating grant from Community Memorial Foundation in the past three years
  • The organization intends to request more than $25,000 from the Foundation

Requests that do not meet the above criteria are not required to submit a letter of intent and may simply submit an online application .


To measurably improve the health of people who live and work in the western suburbs of Chicago.


The Foundation, together with the community, will transform the region into the healthiest in the country.

CMF Responsive Grants

Community Memorial Foundation believes our grantee organizations are our partners in community transformation. Through our Responsive Grants Program, we award funding to 501 (c)(3) nonprofits that deliver services throughout our 27 communities and facilitate our shared vision of a healthier community.

Responsive grants:

  • are awarded bi-annually, with grant cycles in the spring and fall
  • are guided by the Foundation’s mission and vision
  • meet the Foundation’s current funding priorities
  • meet the Foundation’s policies and guidelines
  • serve the 27 communities within the Foundation’s geographic focus 
  • are allocated for program services as well as general operating support

Funding Priorities

Community Memorial Foundation’s grantmaking is governed by our designated funding priorities. Together, these priorities, and the programs which are funded to support them, advance the Foundation’s vision of transforming the Western Suburbs into the healthiest region in the country.

For 2019, Community Memorial Foundation will place priority on programs that meet the following strategies. Grant applications which address increased coordination and integration of health and human services and align with Regional Health and Human Services Agenda values will receive higher consideration.

  • Ensure adequate access to timely, affordable, high-quality physical, mental and/or oral healthcare services
  • Provide services that promote good mental and behavioral health, in order to reduce stigma and treat youth and adults in need
  • Increase health equity by reducing the health, social and economic barriers to optimal well-being and quality of life (e.g. language, cultural competence, gender, age and ability to pay)
  • Address the effect of poverty on health by providing for basic needs such as access to nutritious food, homelessness prevention, and promotion of self-sufficiency
  • Ensure that residents are safe from interpersonal violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and child abuse
  • Enhance and expand knowledge of, and connection to, existing local resources, yielding more access to coordinated care
  • Nurture the development of health and human service leaders in the region that are service-oriented, reflect the diversity of CMF communities and advance the Regional Health and Human Services Agenda.

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


  • CMF awards grants to 501 (c)(3) nonprofits delivering services within the 27 CMF communities. 
  • Grants Policies and Guidelines:
    • Funding consideration is given to organizations whose missions are congruent with that of Community Memorial Foundation and which offer programs and services to measurably improve health.
    • Every organization seeking a grant must be designated as a 501 (c)(3) as determined by the Internal Revenue Service Internal Revenue Code. 
    • Generally, CMF does not consider more than one proposal from any one institution during a 12-month period. However, consideration may be given to more than one proposal from departments or divisions of large organizations when submitted through the office of the chief executive and/or development office of the parent organization.
    • Organizations requesting multi-year grants must first contact CMF staff prior to written submission.


  • CMF gives preference to organizations that address identified needs among underserved segments of the population. 


  • Generally, CMF does not fund programs that are geared primarily for academic credit.
  • Generally, no organization will receive a grant of more than 33% of its total budget.
  • CMF does not fund:
    • Organizations that illegally discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, age or national origin
    • Organizations that limit services to any one religious group or members of a specific sectarian perspective
    • Organizations that, as a substantial part of their activities, attempt to influence legislation, or directly or indirectly participate in and/or intervene in political organizations, political campaigns or lobbying groups
    • Individuals
    • Endowments
    • Tickets to dinners or advertising space in program books or other publications
    • Cost of in-patient care