2017 Responsive Grant Program

2017 Grant Awards

In 2017, HCF made one-year general operating grants to support community-based health and human services, with a particular focus on efforts that address the needs of the most socially and economically vulnerable community members. HCF grants are geographically restricted to initiatives and services that impact the residents of western Cook County Illinois.

General operating support grants funded up to 10% of an organization’s budget, and capital improvement grants are capped at $50,000. We received 158 requests for funding and were able to grant 115 of those requests. The focus of HCF grant making in 2017 is to provide organizational support to strengthen the interconnected web of health and human service organizations that have taken such a beating from the previous two years in Illinois without a State budget. Many of our service providers have tapped extended lines of credit, borrowing against enormous accounts payable owed by the State, in order to make payroll and keep the lights on. They are operating with skeletal staff and volunteers. These organizations are vital to the fabric of our communities and our 2017 grants are dedicated to supporting the sector through these tough times.

Beginning in 2018 HCF will be undertaking a strategic planning process. In this process we will ask our partners to help to identify issue areas and initiatives where our foundation can make strategic investments that will move the needle towards making our communities the healthiest in the nation. We will be sharing what we learn through our newsletter (sign up here) and inviting participation in our process.

Please check back here early summer of 2018 for new guidelines for our 2018 Grantmaking.

2017 Grant Distribution

2017 Grant Distribution

By Number of Proposals


  • Primary

  • Behavioral

  • Disabilities

  • Human Services

  • Policy

  • Capital

By Dollar Amount


  • Primary

  • Behavioral

  • Disabilities

  • Human Services

  • Policy

  • Capital

2017 Responsive Program Grant Awards

GRANTEES A - B

Access Community Health Network

Cicero/Chicago/Summit

Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago

Chicago

AgeOptions

Oak Park

Aging Care Connections

Chicago

Alivio Medical Center

Chicago

All Chicago Making Homelessness History

Chicago

All Our Children’s Advocacy Center

Justice

Arab American Family Services

Bridgeview

ASI

Chicago

Aspire

Hillside

BEDS Plus Care

La Grange

Boys Club of Cicero

Cicero

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

Chicago

BUILD

Chicago

GRANTEES C - E

Casa Central

Chicago

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Chicago

Center for Advancing Domestic Peace

Chicago

Center for Economic Progress

Chicago

Center for Independence through Conductive Education, Inc.

Countryside

Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition 

Chicago

Chicago Commons

Chicago

Chicago Metropolitan Battered Womens Network

Chicago

Cicero-Berwyn-Stickney Food Pantry

Chicago

Communities United

Chicago

Community Nurse Health Association

La Grange

Community Support Services

Brookfield

CommunityHealth

Chicago

Corazon Community Services

Cicero

El Valor

Chicago

Enlace Chicago

Chicago

Environmental Law & Policy Center

Chicago

Erie Family Health Center, Inc.

Chicago

Erie Neighborhood House

Chicago

Esperanza Health Centers

Chicago

GRANTEES M-S

Meals on Wheels Foundation of Northern Illinois

Berwyn

Mercy Housing Lakefront

Chicago

Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force

Chicago

Mobile Care Chicago

Chicago

Mujeres Latinas en Accion

Chicago/North Riverside

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Oak Park

Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry

Oak Park

Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society

Oak Park

Oak-Leyden Developmental Services

Oak Park

Opportunity Knocks Inc.

Chicago

PACTT Learning Center

River Forest

PASO – West Surbuan Action Project

Oak Park

Pav YMCA | YMCA of Berwyn-Cicero, Inc.

Melrose Park

PCC Community Wellness Center

Berwyn

PeopleCare

Oak Park

Presence Behavioral Health

Riverside

Robert Crown Center for Health Education

Broadview

Saint Anthony Hospital

Hinsdale

Sarah’s Inn

Chicago

Solutions For Care

Oak Park

SisterHouse

Oak Park

Suburban Primary Health Care Council

North Riverside

GRANTEES F - L

Family Focus

Chicago

Family Service and Mental Health Center of Cicero

Cicero

Gads Hill Center

Chicago

Healthy Illinois Campaign

Chicago

Hephzibah Children’s Association

Oak Park

Housing Forward

Maywood

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Chicago

Illinois Partners for Human Service

Chicago

Inner-City Muslim Action Network

Chicago

Instituto del Progreso Latino

Chicago

Interfaith Community Partners

La Grange

John Howard Association of Illinois

Chicago

La Casa Norte

Chicago

L’Arche Chicago

Oak Park

Latino Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Alliance

Melrose Park

Latino Policy Forum

Chicago

Latinos Progresando

Chicago

Lawndale Christian Health Center

Chicago

Leyden Family Service & Mental Health Center

Franklin

Little Village Envionmental Justice Organizaton (for Ixchel)

Chicago

Lo Que Puede Venir

Downers Grove

Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing School-Based Health Center at Proviso East High School

Maywood

GRANTEES T-Z

Taller de Jose

Chicago

University of Illinois-Mile Square Health Center

Cicero

The Children’s Center of Cicero-Berwyn

Cicero

The Illinois Association of Free and Charitable Clinics

Chicago

The LeaderShop

La Grange

The Rosecrance Foundation

La Grange

Thrive Counseling Center

Oak Park

United Cerebral Palsy Seguin of Greater Chicago

Cicero

Way Back Inn

Maywood

West Cook YMCA

Oak Park

Women Employed

Chicago

YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

Chicago

Youth Crossroads

Berwyn

Geographic Focus

Grants are given to organizations located within the Foundation’s geographic target area or serving a significant percentage of the local population in the communities of:

60130 Forest Park
60153 Maywood
60154 Westchester
60155 Broadview
60301  Oak Park
60302  Oak Park
60303  Oak Park
60304  Oak Park
60305  River Forest
60402  Berwyn, Forest View, Stickney
60455  Bridgeview
60457  Hickory Hills
60458  Justice
60459  Burbank
60501  Summit, Argo
60513  Brookfield

60525 LaGrange, Countryside, Hodgkins, Indian Head Park, McCook
60526 LaGrange Park
60534 Lyons
60546 Riverside, North Riverside
60558 Western Springs
60623 Chicago – Lawndale
60629 Chicago Lawn
60632 Chicago – Elsdon
60638 Bedford Park, Clearing, Forest View, Stickney
60644 Chicago – Austin
60652 Chicago – Ashburn Park
60804 Cicero

Our Service Areas

Grants are given to organizations located within the Foundation’s geographic target area or serving a significant percentage of the local population in these communities.

Download the coverage map below.

In 2018 we worked with Sinai Urban Health Institute to measure and rank the social determinants of health in the communities we serve. Download the report here.