Charitable Trust Grant Eligibility

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In 2017, the Charitable Trust Stabilization Fund will focus grants to non-profits on three areas: Food Programs, Housing, and Workforce Development.


In each area, the Charitable Trust Board will consider a range of programs such as but not limited to the following:


Food Programs:

  • Food Pantries

  • Supplemental School Feeding Programs

  • Summer Feeding Programs

  • SNAP Outreach

  • Farmer’s Market SNAP expansion

  • Access to fresh produce


  • Short Term Housing and Supportive Services

  • Emergency Financial Support to prevent homelessness

  • Foreclosure Prevention Counseling

  • Affordable Housing advocacy/construction/rehabilitation

  • Accessibility in Housing

  • Fair Housing Counseling/Education

  • Homeownership Counseling

  • Renters Rights

Workforce Development:

  • Resume Preparation

  • Interview Training

  • Placement and Retention Services

  • GED Classes

  • Vocational Training

  • Apprenticeship Training

  • Industry Certifications


Grant Eligibility Information

Only applicants that meet all the following requirements will be considered:


  • A not-for-profit corporation that is exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the federal Internal Revenue Code:
  • A not-for-profit organized under the Illinois General Not for Profit Corporation Act of 1986 for the purpose of providing charitable services to the community:

  • The organization is domiciled in the State of Illinois, and provides charitable services exclusively in the State of Illinois.

  • The organization has the equivalent of at least one full-time paid employee.

  • The organization has adopted a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, family status, or religion. 



Supporting Documentation required for application:
  • The applicant's current IRS determination letter or, if pending, Form 1023-EZ, 1023 or 1024.

  • Most recent Form 990 or 990-N filed by the applicant with the IRS, including Schedule A, or an explanation of why none has been filed. 

  • The following forms of, and statements required by, the Illinois Attorney General (see 14 Ill. Adm. Code 400):

    • Illinois Charitable Organization Registration Statement (Form CO-1).

    • If the applicant has been in existence less than one year, Form CO-2.

    • If the Applicant has been in existence more than one year, AG990-IL, with all required attachments, fees and signatures, for each of the most recent three years of existence.

    • A financial statement in the form required by 14 Ill. Adm. 400.60.

    • Form IFC (for each fundraising campaign if a professional fundraiser was used). 

    • Any and all contracts with professional fundraisers.

    • Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws with all amendments.

    • A complete list of all officers, directors and/or trustees including names, titles, professional affiliations, addresses, daytime phone numbers and e-mails.

    • List of any other grants the applicant has received in the past two years, including, without limitation, federal, state or private grants.

    • Organization’s annual budget and proposed project budget.

    • Most recent and complete audited financial statements.

    • A copy of your organization’s non-discrimination policy.