Unity Fund Grants – February 2019

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At its February 2019 meeting, the Trust’s Executive Committee approved 15 grants, totaling $250,000, to local nonprofit organizations helping the most vulnerable people in our communities to thrive. These grants were made possible by the Unity Fund, a donor-led initiative at the Trust to pool charitable dollars for rapid deployment where they’re needed most.

Each year the Unity Fund raises thousands of dollars so that, in addition to our regular competitive grant making, the Trust’s program officers are able to assess the service landscape and provide additional funding to fill the critical gaps.

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  • Legal Council for Health Justice, for legal aid to low-income families in outpatient mental health care. $15,000
  • LIFT, for financial coaching for low-income families in Chicago. $25,000
  • Small Business Majority Foundation, for financial coaching and health insurance support to low-income women entrepreneurs in North Lawndale and South Lawndale. $10,000
  • Taller de Jose, to assist and guide victims of violence and immigrants as they navigate court systems, health care institutions and other governmental entities. $10,000



  • Mujeres Latinas en Accion, for the Parent Support Program which provides a safe space for supervised visitation in addition to parenting education—the only Spanish-bilingual program of its kind in Illinois. $10,000
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, to support the Violence Prevention Program. $20,000


In addition to grants from the Unity Fund, the Executive Committee also approved grants in education & economic development; health, housing & human services; civic & cultural vitality; and sustainable development—for a total of $12,400,511 in grants awarded in February.


The Trust is currently defining the grant priorities for its next phase of work, which will focus on helping Chicago achieve the goal of closing our racial wealth gap. New opportunities to apply for grants will become available after this planning is complete. If you are a Chicago-area nonprofit, the best way to stay informed is to create an account in GrantCentral, where you can sign up to receive notifications as grant opportunities become available.