2018 Grant Cycle

Application for the 2018 Grant Cycle is closed.

Important Grant Proposal Dates

  1. Application Opens

    August 17th, 2018
  2. Information Session

    August 21st, 2018

    Register to attend our Information Session here: Register

  3. Grant Proposals Due

    September 17th, 2018
    Grant Proposals are due by 12:00 p.m. on this day.
  4. Grant Decisions Announced

    December 14th, 2018

Our Strategic Plan

During the 2018-2019 grant cycle, we have implemented a new Board-approved strategic plan which aims to drive our collaborations, strategic partnerships and grantmaking principles. For more information, please refer to the HCF Strategic Plan.

Grantmaking Strategy

Using research commissioned by the Sinai Urban Health Institute, as well as a variety of local and national research and resources, we understand that where you live can deeply impact how well and how long you live. For this grant cycle, we will award grants to organizations that focus on individual health needs as well as systemic barriers to health. We consider ourselves accountable to and partners with health stakeholders in our region who understand local community needs. As our communities evolve and as health issues overlap with other social issues, we aim to be responsive and collaborative towards community-informed solutions.


We will phase in our grantmaking strategy, beginning with general operating support in 2018 and expanding to strategic initiatives and capacity building support by 2020. For the 2018 grant cycle, we will only consider requests for general operating support. For more information about our investment approaches, please refer to the HCF Strategic Plan.

Our Grantmaking Principles

Focus on racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic equity

Community-defined solutions as a process and an outcome

Long-term partnerships and commitments

Fluidity in response to emerging strategies and crises

Community-embedded and engaged HCF staff

Leverage the power of collaborations and efforts at the intersection of issues/strategies

General operating support to catalyze and sustain systems change

Grounded in community experience, evidence-based strategies, and evaluation

Grantmaking Framework

All organizations must be able to demonstrate that the proposed programs/services align with at least one of the categories below, which comprise our grantmaking framework.

Click on each category to learn more.

Resource Allocation Principles


Given that HCF’s endowment is funded from the proceeds of the MacNeal Hospital sale to a private company in 1999, HCF will make grants in the MacNeal Hospital service area.


To achieve health equity, HCF will allocate the majority of funds to zip codes that rank lowest in our social determinants of health study

For more information about our priority zone zip codes, please refer to the HCF Strategic Plan.

HCF Funding Area

60130 (Forest Park)
60153 (Maywood)
60154 (Westchester)
60155 (Broadview)
60301 (Oak Park)
60302 (Oak Park)
60303 (Oak Park)
60304 (Oak Park)
60305 (River Forest)
60402 (Berwyn, Forest View, Stickney)
60455 (Bridgeview)
60457 (Hickory Hills)
60458 (Justice)
60459 (Burbank)
60501 (Summit, Argo)
60513 (Brookfield)
60525 (LaGrange, Countryside, Hodgkins, Indian Head Park, McCook)
60526 (LaGrange Park)
60534 (Lyons)
60546 (Riverside, North Riverside)
60558 (Western Springs)
60623 (Chicago –Lawndale)
60629 (Chicago Lawn)
60632 (Chicago –West Eldson, Brighton Park, Gage Park)
60638 (Chicago -Garfield Ridge, LeClaire Courts, Vittum Park, Clearing, Bedford Park)
60644 (Chicago –Austin)
60652 (Chicago –Ashburn Park)
60804 (Cicero)

What We Fund


To be considered for funding, organizations must:

  • Serve individuals living in the defined funding region.
  • Be a nonprofit organization (or have a fiscal agent) that is exempt from the federal income tax under provisions of section 501(c)3 of the IRS Code.

Funding Restrictions

HCF will not fund:

  • Partisan political activities
  • Religious activities
  • Capital campaigns*
  • Individuals
  • Businesses
  • National organizations without an intentional focus on the HCF region.
  • *Capital expenses for materials will be considered. For example, medical equipment, dental chairs, etc.