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: Northwestern Medicine supports local service initiatives that decrease the number of residents in the Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital primary service areas who indicate they had difficulty accessing healthcare services.
  • Mental health and substance abuse: Northwestern Medicine supports local service initiatives that invest resources and working collaboratively with community alliances to promote and support mental health and substance abuse programs.
  • Chronic disease: Northwestern Medicine supports local service programs to reduce the prevalence and burden of chronic disease, in the areas of evidence-based primary interventions (disease prevention, health promotion), evidence-based secondary interventions (screenings), and evidence-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 services, mental health and substance abuse, chronic disease) and demonstrates measurable improvement


The FY20 grant deadline has closed.

Funding Announcements: Mid-August

Grants Awarded in FY20

Click here to view the complete list of grants awarded in FY20.