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 specific funding focus, its own application process and deadlines. We invite you to learn 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 Chicago's diverse Asian-American communities.
Latino Giving Circle supports projects that help Latinos build stronger families and communities.
Nuestro Futuro focuses on capacity-building for small Latino-serving nonprofits, and educational programs for Latino children from birth through age five.
Springboard Foundation supports small after-school and supplemental education programs within the city of Chicago, with a focus on disadvantaged neighborhoods.


Also, organizations outside of Cook County should be sure to learn about grants offered though our geographic affiliate foundations.


What are donor advised grants?

Unlike the donor groups above, which have open and competitive grant making processes, donor advised funds at the Trust make grants to organizations personally selected by their donors. Donor advised funds are not open to applications or requests for funding.