Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund Final Application

If your organization would like to apply for funding from the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund as part of the final application process, please download the overview and eligibility requirement documents and the FAQ document for details, and then complete the application here.

Each application will be required to meet all listed eligibility requirements to be considered for funding.
The application will close on July 24th, 2020 at 12:00 PM CDT.


For questions pertaining to the application process, please email icrf@cct.org
For more specific information about the application, download a recording of the information session here.

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Download the Overview and Eligibility Requirements here and the FAQ document here.

Descargue la Descripción general y los Requisitos de elegibilidad aquí y el documento de Preguntas frecuentes aquí.


Complete the application here.
To download the application questions for offline review of what will be asked, please click here.

Final Round Application FAQ

Vea el documento en español aquí.

Any organization or partnership that meets the eligibility requirements for this round may apply. The applicant must be a 501c3 public charity to receive the funds. The applicant can apply on behalf of a partnership comprised of one or more organizations.

To apply for funding, first read the eligibility requirements. If you meet all eligibility criteria, you may apply through the application link here.

The application process is open from July 8th at 12PM CDT – July 24th at 12PM CDT. No late submissions will be considered.

You will see a page that reads “thank you for submitting your application” when you have successfully submitted. If you are having difficulties submitting your application, please reach out to our team at icrf@cct.org.

Yes, current grant and re-grant recipients may apply for funding for this round if they meet all eligibility requirements.

Yes. We are open to considering a variety of geographic scopes – including a concentrated focus on a specific county or region, or a statewide effort. Funds must be used to assist individuals and families outside of the Cook / Collar Counties. For the purpose of this round of funding, ICRF considers the Cook / Collar Counties to be: DuPage, Lake , McHenry , Will , Kane, and Kendall.

ICRF defines the “applicant” as the organization that will be accepting this grant award.

An applicant can apply on behalf of a partnership comprised of one or more organizations.

The applicant may operate as a fiscal sponsor for the partnership.

A “partner” is defined as any organization that is not the applicant and will be contributing to the project in a substantive way. A letter of support will be required from all listed partners.

No. However, your application may require one or more partners to meet the stated eligibility requirements.

A “meaningful partnership” indicates, among other things, that the partner brings value and experience to the partnership, a meaningful role in the work and decision-making, and that the partner receives a share of funding that is proportionate to their contribution of work, knowledge, and expertise.

Community members/leaders understand issues facing their community. They have a critical perspective in what can and will work – and what doesn’t. We expect the community that will ultimately be served by the project to have voice in how the project is developed and executed. For that reason, we are requiring at least one organization in a partnership be from the community the grant is intended to benefit.

Also, we recognize that some organizations may not have experience working in certain regions, and we want to provide a way for organizations to forge partnerships to design and implement their projects.

Yes - One goal for this round of grants is to specifically support, lift-up, and build sustainability for organizations led by Black / Latinx leaders. If your organization meets the other goals but is not led by a Black or Latinx individual, you may forge a partnership with an organization that is led a Black or Latinx leader.

Yes, you may apply if your organization is located in another state or within the Cook / Collar Counties, but 100% of the residents served through the funds must reside in Illinois, and outside of the Cook / Collar Counties. For the purpose of this round of funding, ICRF considers the Cook / Collar Counties to be: DuPage, Lake, McHenry, Will, Kane, and Kendall.

You must be a 501c3 public charity to apply or partner with a 501c3 organization to serve as your fiscal sponsor.

No, submitting an application does not guarantee funding. This is a competitive round of funding, and grants will be awarded to a limited number of applicants. Further, if you receive funding, it is not guaranteed that it will be for the full amount requested.

You may submit one application per project proposal, though it is unlikely that multiple proposals from one organization will be funded.

The range of the grant is $350,000 to $2,000,000. You will be asked to specify the amount you are requesting and a breakdown of your proposed budget for the project in the application, but note that even if you receive funding, you are not guaranteed to receive the total requested amount. You must begin using the funds within one-month of receipt of the grant, and you will have one year from the date of disbursement to use the entirety of the grant dollars.

Your application will primarily be rated on its ability to meet the goals and the criteria.

We do not have a set number of grants that will be given, though we do have a fixed pool of funds. The number of grants given will be dependent on the dollar amount requested from the applicants selected for funding.

If you have questions about ICRF, please visit our website at www.ilcovidresponsefund.org

If you have additional questions about ICRF or the application functionality or content, please reach out to our ICRF team at icrf@cct.org.

We will also be holding optional, virtual Information Sessions and Office Hours to walk through the application and answer questions from potential applicants. The Information Sessions will include a brief presentation from the ICRF team and time for Q&A. If you are unable to attend any of the sessions, we will record each meeting and post them to our website. To register for any/all of the sessions, please use this link. To download a recording of the information session, click here.

Wednesday, July 15th at 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT ICRF Final Round Information Session

Once you submit an application, you will be routed to a confirmation page, saying “Thank you for submitting your application”. If you do not see this page, your application has not been received. During our review process, we may be in touch with additional questions to provide clarity around your application responses. Other key dates can be found below:

- July 8th, 2020 at 12:00 PM CDT: Application Open
- July 24th, 2020 at 12:00 PM CDT: Application Closes; Organizations that do not submit by this deadline will not be considered for funding
-Week of August 31, 2020 (Expected): Notification of grant awards/recipients

Applications that meet the eligibility criteria will be initially reviewed based on the following components using a standardized scoring rubric:

- Project description (fit with overall goals of funding round)
- Focus on Black / Latinx populations
- Project plan
- Ability to quickly deploy funds
- Budget proposal
- Link to COVID-19
- Outreach approach to Black / Latinx populations
- Partnership (if applicable)
- Demonstrated experience of service provision in the geographic region
- Demonstrated previous experience with the identified population(s)
- Path to building sustainable infrastructure
- Measuring progress (how will you quantify your work?)
- Innovation
- Feasibility
- Impact

We highly recommend that you first type and save all of your short answer questions into a Word document, and then copy and paste each answer into the Survey Monkey link. There is a PDF of the application available on our website here for you to download and prepare your responses ahead of time.

Your answers should save on each page after you click “next”, but we encourage you to compile your responses, including all necessary documentation (audit forms, IRS determination letter, operational budgets, etc.) before completing the application.

Yes, the focus areas are meant to serve as guidelines. Your project can fit into more than one of the listed focus areas, and projects that do not fit into one of the given focus areas are also encouraged to apply.

If your project has more than one focus area for this application, you should select the one focus area that you feel best describes your project or use the “Other” category, and provide additional details in the Project Description.

Direct cash assistance projects/programs must provide cash directly to individuals, not through a loan. Projects/programs to provide loans to small businesses will be assessed on a case by case basis. If you have specific questions regarding your application, please reach out to our team at icrf@cct.org.

The applicant or partner organization’s CEO, Executive Director, or equivalent must be a Black / Latinx individual. While we value the diversity of your broader leadership team, we are specifically looking for an organization led by a Black / Latinx individual. A regional director or other senior leadership position does not meet this specific eligibility requirement.

In the case that the applicant does not have a CEO or Executive Director that is a Black / Latinx individual, the applicant may engage in a meaningful partnership with an organization that is led by a Black / Latinx individual to be eligible to apply.

To be eligible for this round of funding, over 50% of the population served by your project must be Black and / or Latinx individuals.

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