To nurture local philanthropy, the Trust has developed several donor groups and community partnerships. In this section, you can connect with those groups which invite grant applications.
Each group has its own funding focus, its own application process and deadlines. Find out more about:
African American Legacy
grants provide strategic support for organizations developing the voices of African American youth to reduce violence..
Arts Work Fund
is a funder collaborative created to help strengthen the management and operations of small arts organizations in the six-county Chicago metropolitan region.
Asian Giving Circle
supports nonprofit organizations which address the challenges facing the Asian-American community.
The Lake County Community Foundation
focuses its grants on education, economic development, health, the environment and the needs of the county’s most vulnerable residents.
Latino Giving Circle
supports projects that help Latinos build stronger families and communities.
focuses on capacity-building for small Latino-serving nonprofits, and educational programs for Latino children from birth through age five.
supports small after-school and supplemental education programs, with a focus on disadvantaged neighborhoods.
The Will County Community Foundation
supports the county’s nonprofit organizations to address challenges in education, health care, and human services.
Donor Advised Grants
Individuals, families, and organizations that have donor advised funds at the Trust recommend grants from their funds to organizations of their choice. Donor advised funds are not open to requests for funding.