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Our Grant Making Strategy

For more than 100 years, The Chicago Community Trust has convened, supported, funded, and accelerated the work of community members and changemakers committed to strengthening the Chicago region. From building up our civic infrastructure to spearheading our response to the Great Recession, the Trust has brought our community together to face pressing challenges and seize our greatest opportunities. Today, that means confronting the racial and ethnic wealth gap.

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  • Grant Recipient

    Roberti Community House

    Awarded: Awarded Amount: $39,500

    in support of the organization’s emergency food assistance programs to feed individuals and families affected by COVID.

  • Grant Recipient

    FAR SOUTH CDC

    Awarded: Awarded Amount: $75,000

    Morgan Park Commons Housing Project is a 360-unit mixed-use housing project located at the northwest corner intersection at 115th Street and Halsted. The planned housing project will be 75 percent affordable and 25 percent market-rate rental units ranging from studio to 3-bedrooms. The project site is 12.06-acres former Jewel-Osco and Halsted In-door Mall commercial property and connects three (3) neighborhoods of Morgan Park, West Pullman, and Roseland. The project site is on a highly visible Halsted street with nearly 20,000 vehicular traffic, intermodal public transit bus lines including (CTA) and PACE, and four (4) blocks north of West Pullman Metra stop. The site is slated to incorporate the PACE pulse terminal.

  • Grant Recipient

    Heartland Human Care Services Inc

    Awarded: Awarded Amount: $20,000

    In support of the Chicago Asset Building for Children initiative (Chicago ABC's).

  • Grant Recipient

    The Chicago Community Foundation/Arts Work Fund

    Awarded: Awarded Amount: $180,000

    AWF provides capacity-building grants and peer knowledge sharing opportunities to small arts and cultural organizations. In September, we launched Think • Explore • Share. These grants enable arts organizations to develop and test solutions to challenges posed by COVID-19 or challenges that hampered arts nonprofits before the pandemic. Challenges can relate to management, production, technology, fiscal planning, or artistic mission. The AWF Connect a listserv has grown in vitality as grantees are now asked to post lessons learned from their grants on the listserv so that the field can benefit from the knowledge gained and lessons learned.

  • Grant Recipient

    METROPOLITAN PLANNING COUNCIL

    Awarded: Awarded Amount: $100,000

    MPC's application supports Our Great Rivers, with specific emphasis in 2021 on the Task Force. Working with DPD, MPC will ensure that Task Force priorities reflect the goals of its members and prioritize their presence and lived experience - to positively changes the way decisions are made. MPC will facilitate a Task Force structure that amplifies these perspectives, while simultaneously taking a systemic approach to planning, policy and development. MPC will also raise awareness of Our Great Rivers and its progress via focused communications. An essential role for MPC is to serve as a watchdog, advocating with and on behalf of partners ensuring that the actions and strategies put forward by the City align and adhere to the Rivers’ vision.

  • Grant Recipient

    AIDS Foundation of Chicago

    Awarded: Awarded Amount: $100,000

    Support from The Chicago Community Trust will support AIDS Foundation Chicago’s (AFC) work to protect and advance access to high-quality health care for people living with or vulnerable to HIV and other chronic conditions, particularly centering Black and Latinx communities who are disproportionately impacted by chronic conditions. AFC staff will: 1) monitor and respond to threats to health reform and access to care; 2) advocate for a state budget that ensures sufficient and equitable resources for HIV; 3) monitor discriminatory practices among health insurance plans and advocate as needed; and 4) advocate for policies within the Illinois Healthcare Feasibility Study that increase affordability and accessibility for AFC’s focus populations.

  • Grant Recipient

    Metropolitan Tenants Organization

    Awarded: Awarded Amount: $75,000

    The Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO) and UChicago Medicine (UCM) system will collaborate to advance housing policies aimed at high utilizers of Emergency Health Service (EMS). Unstable housing is a key social determinant of health that causes homelessness and a reliance on EMS for health care. The project will uplift that community members' voices in making recommendations and creating policies that makes greater positive impact for the entire community. In particular, the project will pilot intervention models that promote housing stability for high users of EMS and advance policies aimed at mitigating sudden displacement of renters such as just cause eviction, right to counsel in evictions and proactive rental inspections.

  • Grant Recipient

    Eldercare Lake County

    Awarded: Awarded Amount: $15,000

    in support of the organization’s partnership with a local limousine company to provide rides to particularly vulnerable senior citizens in need of safe transportation to essential doctor appointments during the COVID-19 crisis.