Guidelines for Funding Consideration
As part of the McCormick Foundation’s focused grantmaking strategies, the Chicago Bulls Community Assist Fund supports eligible organizations and programs that help low income children, youth and families overcome obstacles impeding progress out of poverty, and towards stabilization and self-sufficiency.
Funding consideration is given to programs that meet criteria in one of two funding areas below. Programs must demonstrate evidence of impact through measurable client outcomes. Read the foundation’s Program Evaluation Guide.
Letter of Inquiry
- The Letter of Inquiry process is currently by invitation only.
Grant Application Process for 2015 Grants
- The grant application process is currently closed for the 2015 grant cycle.
General Application Requirements
Eligible organizations/programs will:
• Have 501(c)3 federal tax-exempt status
• Demonstrate one full year of program services and outcomes
• Demonstrate a strong financial position
• Serve residents of the Greater Chicago Metropolitan region
• Report strong measurable outcomes and meet grantmaking criteria in one funding area
Ineligible funding requests:
• Capital campaigns or endowments or other reserve funds
• Public or private schools
• Government agencies
• Programs that do not fit funding guidelines or grantmaking strategies
Funding Area and Grantmaking Strategies
Child/Youth Education: This funding area supports agencies with established academic intervention program strategies in one of four transition stages that serve academically underperforming children and youth. Priority is given to programs that track student performance outcomes. The stage includes: (1) K-3rd Grade Reading Proficiency. Required outcomes include demonstrated reading grade level scores on a standardized literacy assessment pre/post test. (2) Middle-to-High School Transition. Required outcomes include demonstrated improvements in middle school core course performance, increase in school attendance, successful transition to high school, demonstrated 9th grade "on-track" status (C or better letter grade in core courses); (3) Postsecondary Access. Required outcomes include demonstrated improvement in high school core course performance (GPA tracking), attendance, comprehensive college preparation services, and high school graduation and college enrollment rates. (4) Postsecondary Persistence. Required outcomes include college matriculation, access to academic and non-cognitive support services and completion.
Health and Wellness: In this funding area, priority is given in three specific categories for established programs providing access to affordable, high quality health care services to low income residents in underserved communities: (1) Community Health Centers (preferably for those with an FQHC designation), in addition to some mobile health clinics; (2) K-12 School-based Health Centers; and (3) Agencies operating childhood obesity prevention and/or treatment programs. Only eligible programs reporting client outcomes will receive funding consideration.
The McCormick Foundation does not make grants to programs that would financially benefit the Chicago Bulls.