McGraw Foundation Grant

McGraw Foundation

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Grant amount: US $2,500 - US $15,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 1, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Capital Project, Applied Project / Program, Biomedical

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: Counties in Illinois: Cook County, DeKalb County, DuPage County, Grundy County, Kane County Expand all

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McGraw Foundation, headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, makes annual grants to not-for-profit organizations.  The primary focus is education at all levels, with an emphasis on higher education in the fields of science and environment.  In addition, grants are made to social service agencies, emphasizing those dealing with children.  The Foundation also occasionally makes grants in the areas of health, medical research and the arts.  

Grant requests are suggested to be within a range of $2,500 (or less) to $15,000. Grant recipients and amounts will be determined by several criteria. Naturally, availability of funds is a key factor.

The Foundation will occasionally make large grants ($50,000 or more) to support unusually promising efforts in any of its areas of interest. Innovative research, special education, and/or other activities will be considered if the Foundation's support would assist an effort or a project in making a significant impact benefiting mankind.

Areas of Focus

Education: Higher

The Foundation has been a pioneer in support of environmental education at the highest level by establishing three chaired professorships. 

Education: Elementary & Special

McGraw Foundation supports a wide array of organizations that focus on assisting the education and advancement of children as well as adults. McGraw Foundation also makes grants to elementary schools and organizations involved in all areas of special needs education. Funding in this arena has encompassed many organizations that provide services such as after-school tutoring, special education, and adult literacy.

Human Services

Since 1949, McGraw Foundation has been concerned with helping people in need. While the emphasis is on organizations serving children, funding also extends to people of all ages.

Children's issues such as these have been supported throughout the years:

  • child welfare
  • foster care and adoption
  • family counseling
  • enriching summer camps
  • crisis intervention

Funding for quality-of-life issues for people of all ages has included:

  • developmental disabilities
  • health clinics
  • domestic violence
  • housing and homelessness
  • job training and continued support
  • seniors needs

Health & Medical 

Since its inception, McGraw Foundation has made grants in the health and medical fields.  Health and medical funding has included:

  • specific medical research
  • rehabilitation
  • support programs for patients and their families
  • medical attention for people without health insurance
  • palliative care and hospice organizations

Civic & Cultural

Complimenting it's main focus on education and the environment, McGraw Foundation has supported some of Chicago's distinctive cultural and arts organizations.

Areas of interest include zoological societies' animal conservation, public communication, musical organizations, and civic organizations' promotion of science and the general welfare of society.

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


  • Grants generally are limited to organizations located in the greater Chicago area.
  • The Foundation will support only organizations qualified as tax-exempt, (i.e., 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) or (a)(2) organizations), under the regulations of the United States Internal Revenue Service.
  • Grants may be made for general operating support, specific projects, and occasionally, capital programs.
  • Grants will be made on a single year basis.


  • The use of the matching grant, or "challenge" approach is encouraged where feasible.


  • The Foundation does not make grants directly to individuals. 
  • The Foundation does not make grants for purposes that are strictly religious in nature.
  • The Foundation does not make grants for specific events, such as seminars, conferences, etc.
  • The Foundation does not normally support theater groups.
  • The Foundation does not normally support public or private high schools.
  • The Foundation will make annual grants on a recurring basis to sustain operations of some organizations. However, long-term dependency situations are not considered desirable