Three Things Chicago Nonprofits Should Know About the Grant Healthcare Foundation

When Chicago’s Grant Hospital was sold to a for-profit healthcare corporation in 1994, the proceeds helped to establish a grantmaking foundation dedicated to the needs of Chicago’s most vulnerable residents. Lots of Chicago foundations have sizable health funding budgets, but the Grant Healthcare Foundation funds a few unique program areas that are often overlooked (Read Grant Healthcare Foundation: Chicago Grants).

Grant Hospital performed the first legal abortion in Chicago after the Roe v. Wade ruling, and it was also once at the forefront of treatment for alcoholism and substance abuse. These are a few funding areas to keep in mind if you’re planning to apply for a grant with the Grant Healthcare Foundation this year.

It's Pro-Choice

This foundation supports the choice and reproductive care of women, as well as sex education. This means that conservative, right-wing nonprofits will probably have better luck finding a grant with one of the less progressive foundations in the city. GHF tends to look for sex education programs that can be easily adapted for use by other similar organizations, thereby maximizing their impact in the city.

It Funds Recovery Programs for Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

This foundation has a history of partnering with nonprofit organizations that offer substance abuse treatment programs that have proven to be effective through strategic evaluation. GHF likes to see grant proposals from nonprofits that provide direct services and benefit large numbers of Chicago residents. Over one-third of GHF grant money went to clinics and hospitals direct services last year.

It Funds Hospice and End-of-Life Care Programs

Another funding area that often gets overlooked by Chicago health grantmakers is hospice and end-of-life care. GHF has been funding these types of programs for decades, and 16 percent of the foundation’s 2013 budget went towards hospice care and patient support. Recent grants include $35,000 to Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care for patients with advanced dementia and $30,000 to Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care to support uninsured patients.

You can read more about GHF’s application process on the foundation website or reach out to Executive Director Kate Grubbs O’Connor at