CMF Responsive Grants

Community Memorial Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Next deadline: Aug 15, 2018 3:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Sep 15, 2018 3:00pm PDT (Full proposal), Feb 15, 2019 3:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry), Mar 15, 2019 3:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Applied Project / Program

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

Location of residency: United States

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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

The Responsive Grants Program is one of the ways that CMF continues to be responsible and responsive to the changing needs of the region. This program, as with all of CMF’s efforts, is guided by its mission and vision of a healthy community.

Responsive grants are allocated for program services as well as for general operating support.

Funding Priorities

In 2015, Community Memorial Foundation launched a Regional Health and Human Services Agenda which aims to measurably improve the health of those who live and work in our communities. It will incorporate a ten-year time frame and will transform our region into the healthiest in the country through cross-sector collaboration. While we engage in this work together over the next decade, the Foundation will continue to conduct its grantmaking through its customary spring and fall grant cycles.

For 2017, the Foundation will place priority on the following programs and strategies. Applications that address increased coordination and integration of health and human services, and that 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 those in need.
  • Ensure that residents are safe from interpersonal violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and child abuse.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Information about Applying

Effective with the spring 2018 grant cycle, 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, or
  • The organization has not received a program or general operating grant from Community Memorial Foundation in the past three years, or
  • 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.

Letters of intent are reviewed on a rolling basis, but must be completed online before 5:00pm CST on the following dates:

  • February 15 for consideration within the spring grant cycle
  • August 15 for consideration within the fall grant cycle

Staff will review the LOI upon receipt and will notify the organization within two weeks if it has been invited to submit a full proposal. An invitation to submit a full proposal is no guarantee of funding.

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 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
    • Organizations that illegally discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, age or national origin.
    • Tickets to dinners or advertising space in program books or other publications.
    • Endowments
    • Cost of in-patient care

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