Social Welfare Grant Program

Northern Trust Company Charitable Trust

Grant amount: Approximately US $15,000

Next deadline: Jan 3, 2019 3:00pm PST (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: Jun 13, 2019 3:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry), Aug 8, 2019 3:00pm PDT (Full proposal), Nov 15, 2019 3:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University

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

Location of project: Cook County, Illinois

Location of residency: Cook County, Illinois

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Note: A letter of inquiry is required if your organization has not received funding from the Northern Trust Charitable Trust in the last 12 months, or if you are a new applicant. 

Charitable Trust

Contributions from the Charitable Trust will support program, general operating, capital, or endowment priorities. Grants usually are confined to programs and agencies that focus on advancing the well-being of disadvantaged women and children, and people with disabilities.

Grants from the Charitable Trust may be awarded for three consecutive years, with one year off before an organization is eligible to apply again. General operating grants are not renewed automatically, and there are no multi-year gifts for operating.

In addition to grants made through the Charitable Trust, Northern Trust also makes a limited number of direct contributions for various community activities.

Social Welfare Grant

Enriching Neighbors

The Northern Trust Charitable Trust supports effective organizations working to measurably improve the quality of life in our focus communities. Health, basic human needs and community development programs provide invaluable support to people who face obstacles that impede their full participation in society. The Northern Trust Charitable Trust gives priority to organizations that:

  • Provide affordable and supportive housing – particularly those focusing on family housing and housing for people with disabilities;
  • Provide quality accessible healthcare; and
  • Support basic human needs.

Preserving the Environment

To help strengthen the stewardship efforts of organizations working to preserve the environment, the Northern Trust Charitable Trust supports programs that:

  • Incorporate elements of green construction into affordable housing initiatives and
  • Create green job training programs for disadvantaged women and people with disabilities.

The Northern Trust Charitable Trust grants average $15,000 per year-long cycle. 

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  • The Northern Trust Charitable Trust make contributions to organizations with 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status.
  • Contributions from the Charitable Trust will support program, general operating, capital, or endowment priorities.


  • Priority is given to programs or agencies that serve the following Chicago neighborhoods:
    • Chatham,
    • Englewood,
    • Humboldt Park,
    • Logan Square,
    • Loop, Washington Park, and
    • West Town.


  • The Northern Trust Charitable Trust does not make contributions to:
    • Organizations located outside the specified Chicago neighborhoods;
    • Individuals, including those seeking scholarships or fellowship assistance;
    • Organizations without 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status;
    • Organizations/agencies that receive 5% or more of their funding from the United Way;
    • National health organizations (or their local affiliates) or research/disease advocacy groups;
    • Fraternal groups;
    • Fundraising events;
    • Advertising or marketing activities;
    • Political, labor, or fraternal organizations or civic clubs; this includes advocacy, government agency, and political entities;
    • Religious organizations for sectarian purposes;
    • Individual pre-K through 12 schools (public or private);
    • Sports, athletic events or athletic programs;
    • Travel-related events, including student trips or tours;
    • Development or production of books, films, videos or television programs;
    • Memorial campaigns;
    • Organizations less than two years old; and
    • Multi-year operating requests.

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