Chicago Foundation Launches New Grant Program to Provide Expanded Funding to Support Reproductive Justice

Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) announced awards of $3.4 million through more than 230 grants to support women, girls, trans, and gender nonbinary individuals across the Chicago area. These grants include an additional $200,000 awarded to organizations and efforts to strengthen the reproductive justice movement. Last month, the United States Supreme Court decision overturned Roe v. Wade, limiting nationwide access to various reproductive healthcare services for women and persons who can become pregnant.

“Chicago Foundation for Women fiercely advocates for reproductive justice, which is grounded in, among other pillars, the right to have a child or not have a child; and the right to parent the children they have with the social and economic support needed to thrive,” said CFW President and CEO Felicia Davis Blakley. “CFW remains committed to creating a world in which all women are not only able to access healthcare, but are also safe – free from violence, supported and financially secure.”

Additional operational and program-specific grants to nonprofit organizations align with the priorities outlined in CFW’s SHEcovery™, a commitment from the Foundation to fund, support, and build a more equitable system to ensure women emerge from the pandemic stronger than before. SHEcovery™ investments are focused on four key strategies: getting women back to work, addressing the eviction crisis, providing care for our caregivers, and demanding an anti-racist healthcare system.

As part of the care for caregivers SHEcovery™ pillar, CFW’s new Black Women-led Organization Capacity Building Program (BLOC) provides over $295,000 in capacity building grants to build and implement systematic care structures, including comprehensive benefits packages for organizations and their staff. CFW aims to create a data-driven capacity-building program that supports Black Women-led organizations, measures impact, and begins making the case to other funders (regional and national) to strategically fund targeted capacity-building efforts. Specifically, CFW will build an advocacy and information campaign with a call to action to center Black Women and Women of Color in this work.

CFW’s seven Giving Circles and Councils – including the newly launched West Side Giving Circle – serve as an entryway for community-focused, emerging, and grassroots organizations to access funding and support opportunities. The Giving Councils and Circles collectively invested $175,500 in various organizations across the region, including emerging organizations with operating budgets under 75,000.

CFW is proud to support over 230 organizations – 63 percent of which are led by Women of Color.

Grant recipients include:

» All Chicago Making Homelessness History

» Apna Ghar, Inc. (Our Home)

» Arab American Family Services

» Arise Chicago

» Asian Americans Advancing Justice

» Asociacion Latina De Asistencia Y Prevencion Del Cancer De Mama

» Assata’s Daughters

» BA NIA Incorporated

» Between Friends

» Black Girls Break Bread

» Black Girls Dance

» Blue Tin Production

» Brave Space Alliance

» Cabrini Green Legal Aid

» Cara Collective

» Chicago Community Bond Fund

» Chicago Desi Youth Rising

» Chicago Therapy Collective

» Chicago Volunteer Doulas

» Cicero Independiente

» Communities United

» Connections for Abused Women and their Children

» Crossroads Fund

» Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP

» Enlace Chicago

» Equity For All of Us

» EverThrive Illinois

» Family Christian Health Center

» Family Rescue

» Free Root Operation

» Friends of the Highwood Public Library

» Gads Hill Center

» Girls Inc. of Chicago

» Girls Like Me Project

» Global Girls, Inc.

» Gyrls In The HOOD Foundation

» HANA Center

» Healing to Action

» HEART Women & Girls

» Holistic Birth Collective NFP

» Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health

» Imagine Englewood if

» Jane Addams Senior Caucus


» Ladies of Virtue

» Lake County Crisis Center (A Safe Place)

» Life is Work

» Logan Square Neighborhood Association

» Love, Unity & Values (LUV) Institute

» Mamas Activating Movements for Abolition and Solidarity

» Metropolitan Family Services

» Mikva Challenge

» Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

» Mothers Opposed to Violence Everywhere

» mRelief

» Mujeres Latinas en Accion

» National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

» New Community Outreach

» Of Color Inc

» One Roof Chicago

» Parents Against Child Sex Abuse

» Polished Pebbles

» Princesses and Ladies Inc.

» Project Exploration

» Public Narrative

» RefugeeOne

» Resilience

» Sexpectations Chicago

» SHE Chicago

» Shriver Center on Poverty Law

» Sista Afya Community Care, NFP

» SisterReach

» Sisters Network Chicago Chapter

» Sisters Working It Out, NFP

» Southside Center of hope

» Step Up For Mental Health

» Survivors Know

» Taproots, Inc.

» Teamwork Englewood

» Telpochcalli Community Education Project

» The Answer Inc. Autism Awareness & Support Agency

» The Dreamcatcher Foundation

» Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois


» Un Nuevo Despertar-A New Awakening

» Upwardly Global

» Women Employed

» Women for Economic Justice

» Women’s All Points Bulletin – WAPB

» Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP)

» YWCA Metropolitan Chicago


CFW has invested more than $45 million in organizations supporting women, girls, trans, and gender nonbinary people since its founding in 1985.

For the complete list of grants awarded and more information, visit


About Post Author


From the Web

Skip to content