RFP: Addressing Critical Needs – Promoting Wellbeing

RFP release: March 12, 2021 (Download the RFP.)
Information session: March 18, 2021, 3:00 p.m. (Video)
LOI deadline: April 14, 2021
Full application deadline: May 21, 2021
Funding decision: June 30, 2021
Announcement: Week of June 28, 2021


Under this Request for Proposal, the Trust seeks organizations that promote wellbeing with targeted interventions for people in need of support at different times throughout one’s lifespan, such as trauma-impacted children and youth, people with disabilities facing economic instability, and low-income aging adults experiencing unstable living conditions. Additionally, The Trust seeks to support organizations that approach this work through family-centered or inter-generational program design.

The Promoting Wellbeing Request for Proposal will fund organizations that provide evidence-based, consumer-driven interventions that help populations in need of support to thrive and maintain stability. Preference will be given to organizations led by people of color (for example, the composition of senior staff and/or governance boards) and place-based organizations rooted in Black and Latinx communities in the metropolitan Chicago region.

Need/Opportunity Statement

The Trust supports organizations that address the critical needs of our residents. This includes resources for organizations that build an infrastructure of caregiving through initiatives that advocate for caregivers and services that provide care to residents in need of support including children exposed to trauma, people with disabilities, and aging adults.

Goals & Outcomes

During the application process, applicants will be able to choose from a set of measures of progress aligned to several short-term outcomes to report on throughout the life of the grant. These outcomes reflect the priorities of the RFP and signal ways that organizations can contribute to 1) Increasing responsiveness to acute needs in ways that are innovative and adaptable and/or 2) Building cross-sector cohesion and stronger community attachment over time.

Priority Strategies & Activities

The Chicago Community Trust is seeking organizations that use family-centered program design or inter-generational approaches to caregiving and whose core missions are to provide services in one or more of the following domains:

  • Addressing trauma for children and youth (Ages 0-24)
  • Advancing inclusion of people with disabilities by increasing opportunities for employment and education
  • Improving the lives of aging adults with supportive services that promote wellbeing or financial stability

Priority will be given to organizations led by people of color, place-based organizations rooted in Black and Latinx communities and ones that advance community-led solutions. Successful proposals will demonstrate efforts that are working across sectors and different domains.

Organizations that have an existing general operating grant from The Chicago Community Trust will not be considered under this RFP.

Grant Type

Multi-year, general operating.

Grant Amounts Available & Grant Term

Between $50,000 and $100,000 for the first year. This is a multi-year grant for three years. 

Learn More

An information session was held virtually on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. CST. View the video recording here.

Please visit GrantCentral, The Chicago Community Trust’s online grants management system, to view the criteria and access the application for this RFP.

For technical questions regarding GrantCentral, email grants@cct.org.

For programmatic questions, email Anna Lee at alee@cct.org or Joanne Otte at jotte@cct.org.