Alfred Bersted Foundation: Grants for Illinois

OVERVIEW: The Alfred Bersted Foundation supports education, health, and human services in the Illinois counties of DuPage, Kane, McHenry, and DeKalb.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, health, human services

IP TAKE: Nonprofits in the Chicago suburbs should familiarize themselves with this funder for locally focused grants.

PROFILE: Established in 1972, the Alfred Bersted Foundation is a private foundation based in Illinois. The founder wished for this foundation to specifically support people in designated parts of Illinois. Managed by Bank of America’s Illinois office, the foundation invests in education, health, and human services.

This funder supports these interest areas broadly and funds a wide variety of local causes. However, the Alfred Bersted Foundation does not fund degree-conferring higher education institutions, religious houses or worship, or organizations that test for public safety. The foundation does not generally provide funding for endowment campaigns. Past local grantees include Little Friends, Edward Hospital, Peoples Resource Center, and Catholic Charities of DuPage County.

Foundation grants are often $10,000 to $50,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent Foundation Center grant history. Grantmaking focuses on the Illinois counties of DuPage, Kane, McHenry, and DeKalb. Foundation grants are typically made for one-year periods.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadlines are January 15 and June 15, and applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision by April 15 and September 30 for these deadlines. Grantseekers must use the Bank of America online system to apply for a grant. Because of limited resources, nonprofits may only submit an application to one of the following foundations in a calendar year: Alfred Bersted Foundation, Grace Bersted Foundation, Henrietta Lange Burke Fund, Carl R. Hendrickson Family Foundation, and the Colonel R. Stanley McNeil Foundation. Direct general questions to the staff at or 312-828-2055.


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Illinois Grantmaking Procedures