The primary focus of the Healthy Communities Foundation (HCF) is to improve the health and well-being of our local communities (See map and zip codes).
Healthy Communities Foundation is committed to supporting community-based health and human services and programs that are effective, accessible, affordable and culturally competent. Efforts that address the needs of the most socially and economically vulnerable community members are of particular interest. These might include programs and initiatives that improve the quality, comprehensiveness, and coordination of services or those that introduce new models and identify best practices that can contribute to learning.
Collaborations and strategic partnerships among stakeholders are welcomed. Healthy Communities Foundation believes in energizing the spirit and potential of the local community. We understand that solutions often involve the complex interplay of social, economic and environmental factors that shape health and well-being. To this end, HCF will also support policy/advocacy that informs and drives systems change that benefits the communities.
HCF addresses the health concerns of the most vulnerable members of society, particularly those who are isolated by poverty, race or ethnicity, language, culture, and other factors that make them difficult to reach.
Examples of our target populations include such vulnerable groups as:
For 2017, we will consider only one-year requests. Requests may fall into one of the following grantmaking categories:
HCF does NOT make grants for:
If you feel that your organization matches our funding interests, criteria and eligibility requirements, and you would like to apply for a grant, please review the application procedures.
It is important that applicants review the Healthy Communities Foundation (HCF) Policies and Guidelines before submitting a proposal. If upon reviewing the Grant Guidelines, you believe there is a match between your mission and Healthy Communities Foundation’s mission, please complete the applications form. If you need further clarification or guidance please feel free to call us at 708-443-5674.
The Responsive Grants Program process begins with the submission of grant applications. For 2017, there will only be one grant cycle in the fall with a deadline of September 15, 2017. Upon receipt of the application, staff will conduct a preliminary review of the proposals to make sure the application packet is complete and all required attachments are included.
The next step is a review of the proposals. This may include a site visit to your office or locations where clients are being served. Generally, site visits are scheduled over a two-week period. During this time, we may also call or email you with questions or clarifications.
Foundation staff submits its recommendations to the Board of Directors. The Board reviews the recommendations and approves and/or declines.
Following the Board meeting, we will contact applicant organizations through either phone calls or by letter, notifying them of the Board’s decision. HCF completes a Memorandum of Agreement for each grant awarded; these are mailed to the grantee’s executive director/president for signature. HCF also requires the grantee’s board chair to sign the agreement. The whole process from receipt of grant proposals to the Board meeting is estimated to take three months.
Grants are given to organizations located within the Foundation’s geographic target area or serving a significant percentage of the local population in the communities of:
60130 Forest Park
60301 Oak Park
60302 Oak Park
60303 Oak Park
60304 Oak Park
60305 River Forest
60402 Berwyn, Forest View, Stickney
60457 Hickory Hills
60501 Summit, Argo
60525 LaGrange, Countryside, Hodgkins, Indian Head Park, McCook
60526 LaGrange Park
60546 Riverside, North Riverside
60558 Western Springs
60623 Chicago – Lawndale
60629 Chicago Lawn
60632 Chicago – Elsdon
60638 Bedford Park, Clearing, Forest View, Stickney
60644 Chicago – Austin
60652 Chicago – Ashburn Park