PROGRAM AREAS & APPLICATION GUIDELINES
In an effort to prioritize specific funding areas under the general umbrella of racial, gender and economic justice, the Conant Family Foundation has created a new grantmaking structure. In 2020, there will be four Program Areas:
Urban Environmental Justice
Community Organizing for Racial Justice
Doris Conant Legacy
COMMUNITY ORGANIZING FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
Application Deadline: Monday April 27, 2020
This Program Area will support grassroots, multi-issue community organizing that prioritizes racial justice and equity.
CFF will fund Chicago-area organizations that develop leadership, build power, connect resources, amplify community voices, and support the creation and implementation of equitable policies.
Grant amounts will be up to $20,000 per organization
All grants will be unrestricted general operating support
CFF will allocate $250,000 this cycle
This is open to both past grantees and organizations that are new to CFF
Roughly 75% of the grants will be allocated to past/returning grantees
Organizations that have already received 2020 grants from CFF are not eligible
To streamline this process during the COVID-19 crisis, we request only the following:
A brief memo (up to 3 pages) responding to the five questions below.
A grant proposal submitted to any other foundation that describes your organization’s issues, strategy and impact. Please do not revise it for us.
Email documents to Leslie@ConantFamilyFoundation.org by April 27, 2020.
What is your organization focusing on now? What is your long-term vision?
What are your members/leaders doing today?
Describe your relationships with other organizations. How are you utilizing them?
Which one of your organization's accomplishments means the most to you and why?
How are you and your staff the right people to do this work in this community?
If you have any questions for us, please email Leslie@conantfamilyfoundation.org
URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
The vision of the Urban Environmental Justice Program Area is that all Chicago residents live in environmentally safe communities.
Low-income and communities of color experience disproportionately higher levels of air, water, and soil pollution and contamination. Nonprofit organizations addressing environmental injustice in these communities are the focus of this Program Area.
Grants will be made to organizations that are:
Identifying environmental hazards, involving their communities in identifying solutions, and advocating for justice
Providing health screenings, health care or other resources to those with illness caused by environmental pollution
Advocating for the remediation, preservation, and/or increase of public green space.
Eligible applicants will be Chicago-area nonprofit organizations that are:
a) led by those directly impacted,
b) include community members in decision-making
c) accountable to the communities they seek to improve.
The first step in applying for a grant is to submit a brief document (no more than 2 pages total) responding to the following questions:
What does your organization seek to accomplish?
Who decides the organization’s priorities and actions?
How do you know your work is effective?
What is the wage ratio between your lowest and highest paid full-time staff?
Please submit your application by email no later than Friday, February 28, 2020.
This Program Area focuses on an intersection of gender justice and reproductive rights: women’s access to safe abortion.
The Illinois Reproductive Health Act is a remarkable national model, but even in Chicago women face obstacles to accessing abortion because of cost, transportation, and other factors.
CFF will continue to support Chicago-based direct services and policy advocacy. This new Program Area will also support abortion access, including mifepristone (RU 486), particularly in geographic areas where providers are not available.
There will not be an open application process for the Access to Abortion Program Area in 2020. The Program Committee anticipates making six or seven grants; those grants will be posted on this website as soon as they are announced.
2020 DORIS CONANT LEGACY GRANTS
While the Conant Family Foundation continues Doris Conant’s commitment to justice and equity overall, Doris personally participated with several nonprofit organizations and promoted their valuable work to her friends and family.
This Program Area will support nine organizations that Doris cherished, as follows:
Chicago Foundation for Women: $50,000
Chicago Public Media/WBEZ: $50,000
Human Rights Watch: $50,000
Planned Parenthood Illinois: $50,000
Facets Multimedia: $10,000
Goodman Theatre: $10,000
International Children’s Media Center: $10,000
North Lawndale College Prep High School: $10,000
Victory Gardens Theater: $10,000
Due to the nature of this very personal Program Area, there will not be an open process to apply for these grants.
These organizations were selected by Doris through her own words and actions. We are delighted to honor her memory with these contributions.