ComEd Update: Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund Now Open
ComEd is supporting The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund (CCRF) and is now accepting grant proposals. More information from Chicago Community Trust on the grant and how to apply are below, if your organization is eligible and interested in submitting an application:
Proposals are accepted from established direct service providers providing emergency response services to people in the Chicago area impacted by COVID-19. Cook County, as well as the collar counties (Kane, DuPage, Lake, McHenry, and Will) are eligible to apply. The CCRF grant-making working group will consider competitive proposals from organizations using a targeted approach – serving a particular need, population, or community – to respond to COVID-19. Information on the focus areas of this cycle, as well as how to access the application portal, is below. Please note that the Google form was not an application. You must submit an application through the e-CImpact portal by Monday, April 20 to be considered for funding.
Grants will be reviewed over multiple cycles, with an initial focus on crisis response. A total allocation up to $2,500,000 is anticipated per cycle. Only organizations providing direct services in the identified focus areas will be considered at this time. A grant-making working group is comprised of funders and experts in human services from across the region. The CCRF will consider adding additional focus areas and populations in future cycles, including, but not restricted to nonprofit stabilization and recovery at a later date and if funds are available. We strongly encourage you to read the grant guidelines carefully and consider applying for a future cycle if you are not providing crisis response services at this time.
FOCUS AREAS (4/13/2020 Round)
Access to Health Care (grants range from $25K-$100K)
Stable Housing, Emergency Shelter & Supportive Services (grants range from $25K-$100k)
Community Hubs Providing Emergency Supplies, Financial Assistance, or Outreach (grants at $25K)
PRIORITIZING FACTORS (4/13/2020 Round)
Populations: African Americans, Latinx, undocumented immigrants, aging adults, families with children, individuals surviving domestic violence, people with disabilities, justice-involved individuals
Geographic priorities: communities with high instances of confirmed cases of COVID-19 (rate or number), high rates of chronic disease, and poverty in the Chicago region (City of Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Kendall County, Lake County, McHenry County & Will County)
Intersectional & Data-Driven: priority will be given to organizations with services that are cross-cutting and driven by real time data (e.g., increase access to health care for Black residents at high risk of contracting COVID-19; provide direct financial assistance to undocumented workers unable to access relief from the CARES Act)
APPLICATION TIMELINE & PROCESS (4/13/2020)
Monday, 4/13/2020: Application Opens.
Monday, 4/20/2020: Application Closes at5:00 pm; Late applications will not be considered until future rounds.
Week of 5/4/2020: Awards announced, grant agreements executed, and funds disbursed.
The full grant guidelines, a copy of the application, available in English and Spanish, and instructions for how to use e-CImpact are posted under the FAQ section “How can my organization apply to the Fund?” at www.chicagocovid19responsefund.org.
Questions about CCRF priorities and e-CImpact should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow 24-48 hours for a response, as we anticipate significant interest in this opportunity.
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