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ILCHF: Innovation and Collaboration Tour Grant

Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation

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Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $100,000

Fields of work: Children’s Health & Pediatrics

Applicant type: Nonprofit, College / University

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Illinois

Location of residency: Illinois

About this funder:



ILCHF: Innovation and Collaboration Tour Grant

Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation’s (ILCHF) vision is that every child in Illinois grows up healthy. As a statewide private foundation dedicated to working collaboratively with others to improve the health of children, ILCHF’s primary focus areas are children’s oral health and mental health. The Innovation & Collaboration Tour (ICT) represents an opportunity for ILCHF to learn about and fund programs both within and outside of these focus areas.

The ICT is a multi-year state-wide initiative involving three “tour stops” in designated regions of the State.

Through the ICT, ILCHF is seeking innovative and collaborative approaches to address the healthcare needs of children. ILCHF is partnering with local funders and/or providers to host regional meetings throughout the state to increase the collective understanding of the local and regional healthcare assets and needs of children. Through these meetings, ILCHF is introducing the ICT funding opportunity. Through the ICT, ILCHF will provide grants ranging from $10,000-$100,000 to respond to identified needs in each of these regions.

Each “stop” on the Tour is co-hosted with our local community partners. The meetings are open to key stakeholders/providers and provided an opportunity for ILCHF and partners to both listen carefully to the stakeholders and to share information about the Foundation, the host partner(s) and this funding opportunity. 

ILCHF will invest up to $500,000 in each of the three geographic areas in 18 month grants of up to $100,000 per project.

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


  • Project Eligibility
    • ILCHF is interested in funding innovative and collaborative project which work toward building resilience and improving the health of children and families. Resilience involves the ability to navigate through serious challenges and find ways to bounce back and thrive. Resilience is a characteristic and skill that can be developed in children and families and contributes to positive overall health. 
    • Many types of community providers can contribute to the development of resilience and improved health in children and families. This may include: schools; libraries; medical providers; oral health providers; mental health providers; public recreation programs; sports, arts and other hobby programs; literacy and language programs and others.  


  • Preference will be given to projects that are sustainable and replicable.
  • In alignment with the Foundation’s standard grant making guidelines, our funding priority is to provide seed money for new ideas or mid-stage funding that will bring great ideas to fruition and/or improve existing programs/services.


  • Please note ILCHF does NOT fund:
    • Budget shortfalls/general operating support of already existing programs
    • Intermediary funding agencies
    • Grants to/for specific individuals
    • Endowments
    • Capital campaigns for medical facilities
    • General medical research
    • Attempts to influence legislation, as prohibited by section 4945 of the Internal Revenue Code for private foundations


This page was last reviewed November 28, 2017 and last updated November 28, 2017