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. 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 by invitation only.
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 Chicago and suburban areas
• 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
Child/Youth Education: This giving area supports academically underperforming children and youth as they matriculate through challenging phases of the K-12 education continuum. Priority is given to established 501(c)3 agency-based programs that comprehensively address one of three key transition points: (1) third grade reading proficiency; (2) successful transition from middle to high school or (3) successful transition from high school to college/university. Eligible programs will track GPA growth, increased school attendance and standardized test score gains.
Health and Wellness: In this funding area priority is given in three specific categories for established programs providing access to affordable, high quality health services to residents in low income communities: (1) Community Health Access (for only FQHC designated community based health centers, in addition to some mobile health clinics); (2) K-12 School-based Health Access; and (3) 501c3 agencies operating Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment programs.
Greater Chicago Metropolitan region
The McCormick Foundation does not make grants to programs that would financially benefit the Chicago Bulls.