The Northern Trust Foundation is seeking applications for its Grant Program to increase access to essential human needs will broaden opportunities for Chicago’s young people and support them in fulfilling their potential and achieving long-term financial success.
The Northern Trust Foundation is focusing its funding on communities in Chicago’s South and West Sides by providing general operating support and program grants that specifically target youth ages 16-24.
Youth who experience food insecurity are more likely to struggle in school and face both mental and physical health challenges. They prioritize funding for programs that:
- Increase access to, awareness of, and participation in free food distribution programs and services
- Raise awareness of, and increase participation in, state and federal nutrition assistance programs (e.g., SNAP, WIC, Summer Food Service Program, etc.)
- Increase access to affordable, nutritious foods for purchase, particularly within food deserts, and leverage innovative solutions to address the issue of access to food
Stable housing can serve as the foundation for a secure future. They prioritize funding to organizations assisting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with access to safe and permanent housing through programs that:
- Support youth experiencing homelessness and help navigate and access services available in their local communities with a goal of getting them into permanent housing
- Assist low-income college students by providing supportive services and affordable housing
- Provide temporary or permanent free/affordable housing options for youth; highest priority will be given to programs that focus on moving youth efficiently into permanent housing solutions
- Provide housing-related case management, foster care or other services to youth who are living in unsafe or unstable home environments including LBGTQ+ and youth transitioning out of the foster care system
Low-income youth attend and complete college at a much lower rate than their peers. They prioritize funding for programs that support students “to and through” college (including trade schools) and specifically focus on removing barriers for low-income youth that:
- Focus on academic readiness, including college-level coursework during high school, and high school completion with an emphasis on post-secondary school enrollment
- Support post-secondary school persistence, including those that focus on alternatives to remedial coursework
- Assist students through the college search, application and enrollment process, ensuring students ultimately are admitted to, enroll in and attend schools which are a good match and fit for their individual needs
- Provide access to financial aid for low-income youth and/or provide ongoing financial planning and credit building for students and their families, to ensure students complete their post-secondary education
The transition from child to adult healthcare is a greater challenge for low-income individuals. We prioritize funding to hospitals, healthcare centers and community organizations providing physical or mental healthcare that:
- Provide access to physical or mental healthcare for free or at a sliding scale
- Provide primary and preventative care, including health screenings for young women
- Focus on providing solutions that remove common barriers to care among this population (e.g., tele health visits, pop-up clinics, after-hours appointments, etc.)
- Raise awareness and provide education of healthcare services and/or Medicaid and assist this population to apply for and access Medicaid
- To qualify for a grant, organizations must be tax-exempt nonprofit, charitable organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and must provide direct services to youth ages 16-24, residing in south and west-sides of Chicago.
- Organizations may apply and receive funding for three consecutive years from the Northern Trust Foundation. After three years of funding, organizations will be ineligible to apply for a grant for a one-year period.
For more information, visit https://www.northerntrust.com/united-states/about-us/corporate-social-responsibility/philanthropy/foundation