Community Grants

Community Grants

Community Grants

Northwestern Medicine Community Benefit grants provide financial assistance to designated nonprofit organizations, governmental or public entities who are working to address identified community health priorities based on their local community health needs assessments, and/or community health improvement plans.

Priority Needs

For this grant cycle, Northwestern Medicine has chosen to focus on three categories that complement our health system's Community Benefit priority needs:

  • Access to Healthcare services: Decrease the number of residents in the Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage and Delnor Hospital primary service area that indicate they lack insurance or face other financial obstacles to obtaining timely access to care.
  • Mental health and substance abuse: Invest resources and work collaboratively with community alliances to promote and support mental health and substance abuse programs.
  • Chronic disease: Reduce the prevalence and burden of chronic disease, related to chronic disease in the areas of evidence-based primary interventions (disease prevention, health promotion), evidenced-based secondary interventions (screenings) and evidenced-based tertiary interventions (education to individuals affected by a chronic disease in an effort to promote an optimum state of individual wellness).

Applying for a grant

To be eligible for a Northwestern Medicine Community Benefit grant, you must:

  • Be a community-based organization with a 501(c) (3) federal designation; or be an organization that is provided fiscal agent oversight by an established community-based organization with such designations; a school or government agency
  • Primarily serve residents of the Northwestern Medicine service areas in DuPage or Kane counties
  • Have a project or activity that addresses one or more Northwestern Medicine priority needs (access to healthcare, mental health and substance abuse, chronic disease) and demonstrates measurable improvement
  • Funded organizations will be required to submit a mid-year report on February 25, 2022 and a final written report describing progress toward project goals and outcomes achieved, by September 30, 2022.

Funding Levels

For the fiscal year 2022, grants up to $15,000 will be awarded from an available pool of $100,000.

  • Funding can ONLY be used for direct costs to the program (ex. program supplies and materials, equipment, training, tuition for participants). Funding cannot be used indirect expenses (ex. facilities, administration).

Grants Awarded in FY21

View the complete list of grants awarded in FY21.

Northwestern Medicine is under no obligation to award or provide financial assistance to any or all the applications (whether supported in the past or not), and that all decisions and determinations regarding this program are solely reserved to that of Northwestern Medicine.