GRANTS – For Grant Seekers

The Community Foundation of Will County (CFWC) will start accepting applications for the FY2022 Community Partner Grant Cycle on April 1, 2022.

Grant making is at the heart of The Community Foundation of Will County’s work to enhance the quality of life in Will County. We award grants annually to not-for-profits for a broad array of charitable purposes in the area such as healthcare, human services, education and cultural arts.

With our Community Partner Grants, we seek to be a responsive and proactive community partner with the not-for-profit sector. We do not provide general funding for daily operations, but may provide essential administrative costs to launch or conduct the project. Instead, our grants seek to address larger issues of importance in our community, especially those which:

  • reflect a strategic collaborative partnership – not-for-profits working together to address a wider need;
  • address a critical need impacting a wide segment of the community;
  • build the organizational capacity of a nonprofit to be more effective and efficient in how they do their work.

The Community Foundation Grants Timeline:
Application made available April 1, 2022
Grant application due (11:59 P.M.) May 31, 2022
Applications reviewed Summer 2022
Notifications sent to applicants late August 2022

Step 1 - Review Your Eligibility

Access our Guidelines for Grant Seekers to review your eligibility.

Step 2 - Register and Fill in Application

All grant applicants are required first to register an account on The Chicago Community Trust’s portal to certify the organization’s profile prior to applying for the grant.

FY2022 Grant Application

Download and fill out the application form here.

Step 3 - Submit Your Application

Make sure that you have registered an account and certified your organization’s profile on CCT’s portal. Then, submit the completed application form and other required materials to grants@cfwill.org.

NOTE: Once you have submitted your application you will not be able to make changes.

If you have any questions regarding GrantCentral, please contact:

Yuchen Ding
Grant Cycle Lead
E-mail

Lisa Johnson
Administrative Professional
The Community Foundation of Will County
815.201.3700
E-mail

 

CFWC FY21 Grant Recipients

After the Peanut Foundation (NFP)

After the Peanut Foundation NFP was awarded a FY21 Grant of $15,000 for developing the urban agriculture program about indoor aeroponics or hydroponics vertical farming.

This grant is fully funded from The Voyager Group Fund, The Bill and Diane Habiger Charitable Fund, Center for Economic Development Education Grant Fund, and Community Foundation of Will County Grant Endowment Fund.

After the Peanut Foundation NFP was awarded a FY21 Grant of $15,000

Best Buddies International

Best Buddies International was awarded a FY21 Grant of $10,000 to help build one-to-one friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), offering socialization while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion for a population that is often isolated and excluded.

This grant is funded by Danny and Tricia Simpson Family Fund, Dr. Thomas & Nancy Moore Charitable Fund, Rohder & Tonelli Charitable Fund, and Rink Family Fund.

Best Buddies FY21 Grant Recipients

Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet

Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet was awarded a FY21 Grant of 15,000 to support the Daybreak Center, the largest emergency shelter, with its facility renovation project.

This grant is funded by Jay and Lori Bergman Charitable Fund, The Sharing Blessing Fund, John M. Spesia Family Foundation Fund, Dr. Thomas & Nancy Moore Charitable Fund, and The Beverley Grossman Charitable Fund.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet was awarded a FY21 Grant

Easterseals Joliet Region

Easterseals Joliet Region INC was awarded a FY21 Grant of $10,000 to expand the service capacity of the Behavioral Health Outpatient Counseling service provided by Easterseals Joliet Region in response to the high demand for children’s mental health interventions.

This grant is fully funded by John M. Spesia Family Foundation Fund, Dr. Thomas & Nancy Moore Charitable Fund, and The Tyler and Stephanie Qualio Charitable Fund.

Easter Seals Joliet Region INC was awarded a FY21 Grant

Farmworker & Landscaper Advocacy Project
(FLAP)

Farmworker & Landscaper Advocacy Project – FLAP was awarded a FY21 Grant of $5,000 in order to provide assistance to low-income immigrant workers and families in Will County to receive education on COVID-19 vaccination and emergency subsidies on basic living costs.

This grant is funded by Dr. Thomas & Nancy Moore Charitable Fund.

Farmworker & Landscaper Advocacy Project - FLAP was awarded a FY21

Heart Haven Outreach (H2O)

Heart Haven Outreach (H2O) was awarded a FY21 Grant of $15,000 for a 12-passenger van to expand complimentary transportation services for the middle and high school students who participate in the H2O programs in the Plainfield, Romeoville and Bolingbrook area.

This grant is funded by Joliet Woman’s Club Fund, Dr. Thomas & Nancy Moore Charitable Fund, The Beverly Grossman Charitable Fund, The Families in Need Fund, The Sentinus Charitable Grant Fund, and The Community Foundation of Will County Grant Endowment Fund.

Heart Haven Outreach was awarded a FY21 Grant

Meals on Wheels Foundation of Northern Illinois

Meals on Wheels Foundation of Northern Illinois was awarded a FY21 Grant of $1,000 for the purpose of helping build and improve the eight senior community cafe’s and seven meal delivery hubs across Will County.

This grant is funded from The Beverley Grossman Charitable Fund and Community Foundation of Will County Grant Endowment Fund.

Meals on Wheels Foundation of Northern Illinois was awarded a FY21 Grant

New Day Employment Network (NFP)

New Day Employment Network (NFP) was awarded a FY21 Grant of $6,500 for the purpose to support the 6-week job preparedness program specifically designed for returning citizens, in order for them to develop life skills and find and retain long-term employment.

This grant is funded by the Bill and Diane Habiger Charitable Fund and Dr. Thomas & Nancy Moore Charitable Fund.

New Day Employment Network (NFP) was awarded a FY21 Grant

Northern Illinois Food Bank

Northern Illinois Food Bank was awarded a FY21 Grant of $15,000 to build capacity for five-member food pantries through the acquisition of refrigeration, shelving, pallet jacks and shopping carts.

This grant is funded by The Christian and Meredith Spesia Family Fund, Jay and Lori Bergman Charitable Fund, and The Beverley Grossman Charitable Fund.

Northern Illinois Food Bank was awarded a FY21 Grant

One Hope United

One Hope United was awarded a FY21 Grant of $15,000 to support the family engagement program focusing on Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles Education through providing supplies for activities, classroom materials, literature for families, food for meal planning, and take-home activities for the families.

This grant is funded by Dr. Thomas & Nancy Moore Charitable Fund, The Beverley Grossman Charitable Fund, Spesia & Taylor Charitable Grant Fund, Michael F. Rittof Fund, Rink Family Fund, and Community Foundation of Will County Grant Endowment Fund.

One Hope United was awarded a FY21 Grant

Will County Habitat for Humanity

Will County Habitat for Humanity was awarded a FY21 Grant of $6,500 support the Veteran’s Build project, which will be built for a veteran and their family in honor of Veteran Ray Holloway.

This grant is funded by The Sharing Blessing Fund, The Christian and Meredith Spesia Family Charitable Fund, and Rohder & Tonelli Charitable Fund.

Will County Habitat for Humanity was awarded a FY21 Grant

Young Men’s Christian Association Joliet, YMCA

Young Men’s Christian Association Joliet, YMCA was awarded a FY21 Grant of $1,000 to support the YMCA’s Equitable Communities initiative, which aims to improve health and educational outcomes in Will County.

This grant is funded by Dr. Thomas & Nancy Moore Charitable Fund.

Young Men's Christian Association Joliet, YMCA was awarded a FY21 Grant

Casa of River Valley

Casa of River Valley was awarded a FY21 Grant of $4,000 to provide literacy materials to each of the 340 child victims of abuse and neglect that they serve.

This grant is funded by The Voyager Group Fund.

Casa of River Valley was awarded a FY2l Grant

The Jennifer S. Fallick Cancer Support Center

The Jennifer S. Fallick Cancer Support Center was awarded a FY21 Grant of $5,000 to support a multi-faceted, dynamic series of quarterly interactive art programs where all community members will be invited to participate.

This grant is funded by Wadsworth Family-Will County Community Cultural Arts Endowment Fund.

The Jennifer S. Fallick Cancer Support Center was awarded a FY21 Grant

Joliet Memorial Band Endowment Fund

Joliet Memorial Band Endowment Fund was awarded a FY21 Grant of $5,000 to purchase one Procure Marimba and one Vibraphone for the Percussion Section of the Joliet American Legion Band in time to begin the 2022 concert season.

This grant is funded by the Edward & Gloria Dollinger Family Legacy Fund.

Joliet Memorial Band