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.
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.
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.