Request for Proposals: Housing+Health

RFP release: May 8, 2018
Proposal deadline: June 15, 2018
Funding decision: September 25, 2018

The Chicago Community Trust is now accepting proposals to support emerging and existing pilots, models and partnerships in the Chicago region that will remove barriers and create the right policy and programmatic environment to integrate permanent housing solutions into the health sector, and ultimately to engender the best and most comprehensive outcomes for the families served.


About this funding opportunity

In 2017, The Chicago Community Trust committed to supporting innovative partnerships that center on the impact of quality, accessible, and permanent housing by launching its pioneering Housing+ program. Through 2017 and early 2018, the Trust awarded 16 grants to strengthen the connections between permanent housing and better outcomes in criminal justice recidivism reduction, health, and educational attainment and performance through coordinated service delivery, advocacy, and research.

In order to better support and facilitate learning in this field, and build from lessons learned over the course Housing+ funding, the Chicago Community Trust will fund specifically in Housing+Health in 2018. The Trust calls for proposals that are piloting new approaches and documenting their outcomes and challenges. We are interested in supporting efforts that are primarily seeking to provide access to permanent supportive housing and, through partnerships and advocacy, to create outcomes in the health domain. The types of proposals sought include:

  • Promising demonstration pilots and programs supported through strong cross-sector partnerships
  • Joint programming that connects those most affected with coordinated permanent housing and health services
  • Planning, research and evaluation of piloted or proposed interventions
  • Expansion of existing cross-sector partnerships and successful programming, as demonstrated through evaluation
  • Coalition building and policy advocacy across disciplines to affect systems change that support work and better coordination at the intersections of housing and health
  • Efforts that leverage and coordinate resources across disciplines, remove barriers to the use of these resources and document outcomes of new models for resource allocation



Any stakeholder involved in bettering Chicago’s housing and health arenas is encouraged to apply, especially those that have a demonstrated impact on residents of Cook County.

Who can apply:

  • Nonprofit organizations with evidence of tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or those using a 501(c)(3) fiscal agent, or local government entities in partnership with a 501(c)(3)
  • Organizations located within and/or primarily serving residents of Cook County
  • Organizations with a commitment to diversity and inclusion for their governance, staffing and populations served; and explicit adherence to non-discriminatory practices in the hiring of staff or in providing services on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability
  • Demonstrated partnership(s), as documented in the proposal narrative and budget


Grant Amounts

The Chicago Community Trust will make grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000.


Application Process

If you are interested in applying, please review the complete eligibility details and proposal evaluation criteria in the Housing+Health RFP and determine if your project is a match.

Returning users of GrantCentral, the Trust’s online grants management system, can log in to view the RFP and submit an application.

If you are new to GrantCentral, your first step will be to create an account for your organization. Once you receive your password by email, you can log into your new account and create an organization profile, then complete your grant application.

Proposals are due no later than midnight on June 15, 2018. Late or incomplete proposals will not be considered.


Help & Information

We’ve prepared a list of Housing+Health frequently asked questions that may help as you consider or prepare an application. There will also be two information sessions to provide details and answer your questions about this funding opportunity.

Registration is required for these sessions—please RSVP in GrantCentral for the date of your choice.

Tuesday, May 29
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 30
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.



For technical questions about GrantCentral and the proposal submission process please contact Nestor Avendano, Grants Coordinator, at

For questions about proposal content please contact Joanna Trotter, Senior Program Officer, at


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