Coleman Foundation Grant

The Coleman Foundation

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Grant amount: US $35,000 - US $750,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Preferred: Illinois, Counties in Illinois: Cook County, DeKalb County, DuPage County, Grundy County, Kane County, Kankakee County, Kendall County, Lake County, McHenry County, Will County, Counties in Indiana: Jasper County, Lake County, Newton County, Porter County, Kenosha County, Wisconsin Other eligible locations: United States

Location of residency: United States

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About the Coleman Foundation

The Coleman Foundation is a private, independent grantmaker that primarily focuses its grantmaking in the Midwest region. Beginning in 1981, the Foundation established core programs in three main areas: cancer care, developmental disabilities and entrepreneurship education.

In response to a reality which touched the lives of Foundation members, the Foundation has been an advocate for raising the standards of cancer care in the Midwest. Funding has been directed at programs that provide cancer treatment, education and psychosocial support services.

The Foundation encourages collaborative efforts among developmental disabilities providers and supports various programs aimed at helping individuals with developmental disabilities experience a higher quality of life and increased self-determination.

With its focus on entrepreneurship, the Foundation began to question why individuals are encouraged to “get a job” rather than "create a job". Since that time, the Foundation has supported awareness and promotion of self-employment through entrepreneurship education programs that help create a new generation of business owners.

Program Areas

The Foundation concentrates on a set of primary program areas, maintains a regional geographic focus on metropolitan Chicago and select parts of the Midwest. The three primary program areas are:

Cancer Care - support for comprehensive treatment programs; education initiatives for cancer patients and medical personal; medical collaborations to deliver psychosocial support and palliative care; and programs to improve communication of treatment options to patients. The Foundation's vision is that cancer patients in the Chicago Metro area area fully engaged in their treatment plan, and achieve the best possible outcome and quality of life. 

The Cancer Impact Plan outlines the particular strategies the Foundation seeks to fund and their anticipated outcomes. 

Developmental Disablilities - support for residential and vocational programs that encourage independence for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as other initiatives that enable residential and vocational goal achievement. The Foundation's vision is that individuals in the Chicago metropolitan area with developmental disabilities will experience a higher quality of life and increased self-determination through success in their work, comfort in their home and satisfaction across varied states of their lives.

The Developmental Disabilities Impact Plan outlines the particular strategies the Foundation seeks to fund and their anticipated outcomes. 

Entrepreneurship Education - support for educational institutions that provide opportunities for emerging student entrepreneurs to experience richer experiential co-curricular activities over the course of their academic education. The Foundation's vision of success is that emerging entrepreneurs will be successful at starting and running their businesses as a result of their exposure to entrepreneurship education.

The Entrepreneurship Impact Plan outlines the particular strategies the Foundation seeks to fund and their anticipated outcomes. 

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  • Grants are made only to organizations that are certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as tax exempt, non-profit organizations, 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1), and that are not private foundations. 
  • The Foundation's primary geographic focus is the Midwest region, particularly the State of Illinois and the Chicago metropolitan area. Entrepreneurship education, one of the foundation's core initiatives, has been funded nationally.
  • Other program initiatives are only occasionally considered outside of the primary geographic area. Only programs within the United States will be considered, which excludes all international programs.


  • We generally fund programs; in special cases general operating support is provided.


  • The Foundation’s guidelines do not allow funding for advertising books and tickets. General solicitations and annual appeals will not be considered.
  • The Foundation can not make grants directly to individuals for any purpose (e.g. to start a small business, pay school or college tuition, cover medical bills, pay off debts, buy or build a home).