Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation’s (ILCHF) vision is that every child in Illinois grows up healthy. As a statewide private foundation dedicated to working collaboratively with others to improve the health of children, ILCHF’s primary focus areas are children’s oral health and mental health. The Innovation & Collaboration Tour (ICT) represents an opportunity for ILCHF to learn about and fund programs both within and outside of these focus areas.
The ICT is a multi-year state-wide initiative involving three “tour stops” in 2016 in designated regions of the State.
Through the ICT, ILCHF is seeking innovative and collaborative approaches to address the healthcare needs of children. ILCHF is partnering with local funders and/or providers to host regional meetings throughout the state to increase the collective understanding of the local and regional healthcare assets and needs of children. Through these meetings, ILCHF is introducing the ICT funding opportunity. Through the ICT, ILCHF will provide grants ranging from $10,000-$100,000 to respond to identified needs in each of these regions.
In 2015 ILCHF completed three tour stops and have been grateful for the collaboration with the listed partners:
East Central Illinois – meeting in Champaign
Partners: Community Foundation of Central Illinois, SmileHealthy, and United Way of Champaign County
Southern Illinois – meeting in Mount Vernon
Partner: Southern Illinois Community Foundation
Northern Illinois – meeting in Rockford
Partners: Crusader Clinic and the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
In connection with these first three tour stops, ILCHF invested $1.28 million in 15 programs representing a variety of projects from Mindfulness in Schools, to Food as Medicine, to the opening of a clinic in a YMCA.
The 2016 Tour Stops
In September 2016 we completed the tour and are grateful for the partners who agreed to collaborate with us this year in the following regions:
Partner: Community Foundation of the Land of Lincoln
Each “stop” on the Tour was co-hosted with our local community partners. The meetings were open to key stakeholders/providers and provided an opportunity for ILCHF and partners to both listen carefully to the stakeholders and to share information about the Foundation, the host partner(s) and this funding opportunity.
ILCHF is interested in funding innovative and collaborative project which work toward building resilience and improving the health of children and families. Resilience involves the ability to navigate through serious challenges and find ways to bounce back and thrive. Resilience is a characteristic and skill that can be developed in children and families and contributes to positive overall health.
Many types of community providers can contribute to the development of resilience and improved health in children and families. This may include: schools; libraries; medical providers; oral health providers; mental health providers; public recreation programs; sports, arts and other hobby programs; literacy and language programs and others.
Preference will be given to projects that are sustainable and replicable. In alignment with the Foundation’s standard grant making guidelines, our funding priority is to provide seed money for new ideas or mid-stage funding that will bring great ideas to fruition and/or improve existing programs/services.
ILCHF will invest up to $500,000 in each of the three geographic areas in 18 month grants of up to $100,000 per project.
Applications were due December 2, 2016. Grant awards will be announced in May 2017.
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