CSF GRANT REQUEST GUIDELINES
Requests for grants from the Chicago Society Foundation must comply with the following guidelines.
1. Grant requests must be in accord with the applicable provisions of the Foundation Constitution.
a. “The purpose of the corporation is to provide philanthropic and charitable assistance to meet the needs of individuals primarily of Polish heritage and organizations primarily dedicated to the Polish-American or Polish community within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue law.”
b. “The mission of the Foundation is to improve the well-being of the Polish-America and Polish communities by supporting cultural, historical and educational projects of qualified individuals and organizations.”
Grants for construction, renovation or remodeling are not generally considered to be within the mission of the Chicago Society Foundation.
2. The Foundation Board meets only four times a year, on the fourth Monday in the months of January, April, July and October. It is suggested that all requests for grants be submitted by U.S mail postmarked by December 15, March 15, June 15, or September 15. Please mail all requests to Chicago Society Foundation, 6348 Milwaukee Avenue #360, Chicago, IL 60646.
3. All requests shall include the following information:
a. All requests shall be in writing signed by the requesting individual or the chief executive officer of the organization. All requests should contain the information of the benefiting person or organization. Please provide a specific name and contact information, including a phone number and email address.
b. Outline the reasons for the request in detail and the intended use of the grant.
c. A business plan or budget as applicable to the type of request must be submitted. Include a detailed budget of expenses. Requests by individuals should include a statement of time and expense contribution anticipated by the applicant.
d. Indicate the amount requested. If the request is for an amount exceeding $1,000.00 the financial statement or tax return must be submitted. (Such statement or return may also be required for lower amounts if requested by the Board of Directors).
e. Indicate other sources of community support. Names of individual contributors are not required but a total dollar amount should be indicated.
f. Notification of the Foundation’s response to the request will be forwarded to the applicant in writing within 30 days of the Foundation Board meeting