Addressing Critical Needs

While The Chicago Community Trust’s new strategic focus is on closing the racial wealth gap, we recognize that there are Chicago families facing unstable living situations—insecurity in housing, barriers to access healthy food—or living in unsafe circumstances. This is why the Trust will continue to support essential service organizations that are addressing the critical needs of individuals and families. Protecting the rights of immigrants, ending homelessness, and preventing violence provide stability to individuals, families and communities throughout the region. By improving the well-being of residents, our support will enable the conditions that allow residents to more fully participate in and contribute to the region’s prosperity.

The Trust will award competitive grants for general operating support, as well as responsive grants to address specific community needs or opportunities. As these responsive grant opportunities arise, RFPs will be created and shared here. These will include:

Delivery of Essential Services

By providing essential lifelines at critical moments throughout one’s lifespan—whether that is stable housing, access to the healthy food and mental health services, safety from violence and abuse—we are promoting well-being and stability. Through our support of organizations that provide essential human services that lead toward stability, we aim to build social cohesion and ensure everyone has access to opportunities that enable them to thrive.

Systems & Policy Innovations

At the Trust, we understand that systems and policies created the racial wealth gap and it is systems and policies that will close it. Therefore, we will provide resources to organizations working to innovate policy innovations in human services to bring about systemic reform.

Civic Commitments

The Trust will always be responsive to opportunities that address timely issues that impact the health and vitality of the region. Civic commitments will support time sensitive, time-limited initiatives such as immigration, the upcoming 2020 Census, city-wide responses to the public health crisis of gun violence or a potential natural disaster that impacts the region.


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