Vision: Every child in Illinois grows up healthy.

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Since 2004

$75 Million Awarded

  • Oral Health 31 million

  • Mental Health 32 million

  • Wellness 11 million

438 Grants Awarded

  • 173 Oral Health Grants

  • 153 Mental Health Grants

  • 130 Other Grants

ILCHF is the only Illinois foundation that funds children’s healthcare statewide.

ILCHF Grants Touch All 102 Illinois Counties

We work collaboratively with organizations to improve community-based systems of care that treat children holistically and focus on prevention, wellness and education. We partner with grantees to increase children’s access to mental and oral health services.

Quite simply we want to ensure that kids get the care they need, when they need it – regardless of where they live or what insurance card, if any, they carry.
Jim Ryan, Former Illinois Attorney General

News

Four Communities to Receive Resources to Build Systems of Care  The Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) announced $10 million initiative today to expand its Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) to four new Illinois communities. CMHI funding allows communities to build systems of care that prevent,...
Oak Brook, IL (November 2, 2017) The Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF), the only funder in Illinois focused on children’s health issues statewide, celebrates its 15th anniversary.  During their recent luncheon, ILCHF awarded $225,000 in grants to fifteen organizations they have worked with over the years to support holistic community-based health systems and increase access to care especially oral and mental healthcare services for children.

Open RFPs

Children’s Mental Health Initiative 2.0

The ILCHF Board of Directors has committed $10 Million to fund a children’s mental health initiative, Building Systems of Care Community by Community 2.0 (CMHI 2.0). This RFP will fund $200,000 for year-long planning grants to each of four communities. Communities that successfully complete the planning process will be eligible for six-year implementation grants of $2.1 million each. We look forward to receiving your application!
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Recent Publications

Oral Health in Illinois

October 2016 This assessment provides a foundation for understanding and strengthening the oral health infra- structure in Illinois. The assessment indicates numerous opportunities to move the system forward. (Full Report)
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Mental Health

2015 An Investment in Our Future examines the accomplishments and lessons learned from the Children’s Mental Health Initiative, Building Systems of Care Community by Community. (Full Report) An Investment in Our Future examines the accomplishments and lessons learned from the Children’s Mental Health Initiative, Building Systems of Care Community by Community. (Executive Summary)
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Healthy Smiles, Healthy Growth

2013-2014 The Chicago Community Oral Health Forum assessed the oral health status and body mass index of 3,800 third grade children throughout Illinois and compared the data to two previous surveys conducted. (Full Report)
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