Read Eligibility Guidelines

To be considered for a grant, your organization must:

  • Have 501(c)(3) status or have a fiscal agent with 501(c)(3) status
  • Have an annual budget of $200K or more
  • Be primarily independent from government support 
  • Provide service to residents of Greater Chicago and Cook County. Unsolicited applications from organizations operating in Israel are not accepted. Geographic exceptions are made by invitation only.

The following organizations are ineligible for CFP grants:

  • Organizations that requested or received CFP funding in the previous 12 months
  • Organizations with recurring deficits
  • Organizations with fundraising expenses that exceed 25% of total program expenses.
  • Re-granting or “pass through” organizations

We do not fund:

  • Research or advocacy projects
  • Film, video, exhibitions or conferences
  • Projects by individuals or their salaries
  • Projects that rely on CFP for majority funding
  • Associations or coalitions