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Grant Guidelines

The Wieboldt Foundation limits its grant making to the Chicago metropolitan area. The foundation supports multi-issue community organizing groups that work in low-income neighborhoods, that are accountable to neighborhood residents, and through which people are empowered to have a major voice in shaping decisions that affect their lives.

We support organizations that:

  • Organize by enlisting and nurturing participation of a large number of neighborhood residents, organizations and institutions.
  • Recruit, develop, and formally train local leadership.
  • Enable local residents to develop an agenda, to devise strategies, and to carry out action effectively to address issues.
  • Demonstrate innovative strategies or create new local institutions that strengthen local community capacity.
  • Broaden their impact by working with other groups, whenever possible.
  • Are led by a board of directors that is representative of and accountable to community residents.
  • Show evidence of significant local fundraising.

The Wieboldt Foundation generally does not fund individuals, studies and research, conferences, capital development, or direct or social service programs.