Grant Application Procedures


The Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County will make grants only to tax-exempt nonprofit organizations and will rarely fund organizations outside Lake County. We give priority to specific programs rather than to general operating support. Grants will typically range from $25,000 to $100,000.

The foundation considers grant requests two times per year. Please see Submission Dates and Board Meetings section below for information about the foundation’s ongoing annual grant cycles.

How to Apply

Letters of Inquiry We require that you send us a letter of inquiry before you submit a full proposal. This will allow us to give you preliminary feedback concerning your request and its potential fit within our funding priorities. Letters of inquiry should not exceed two pages and should include a brief description of your organization, a description of the proposed program, and a program budget, including expenses and anticipated sources of support. Letters of inquiry should be submitted no later than one month before a proposal deadline in order to give HFNLC staff enough time to review them and, if invited to apply, grant-seekers enough time to submit full proposals by the deadline. For example, grant-seekers should submit letters of inquiry before July 1 if their goal is to submit full proposals by the August 1 deadline.

Proposal Application We accept proposals that adhere to procedures described below.


Proposal Instructions with Sample Forms


Cover Form


Program Objectives Form


Budget Form


Frequently Asked Questions

Renewal Policy
A grantee organization may receive up to five consecutive years of funding, at the foundationís discretion. After five consecutive years of funding the organization will be asked to take a year off in seeking support. During these five years, the organization may request up to three consecutive years of funding for an individual program. The foundation realizes that there may be circumstances in which support for additional years may be appropriate. The foundation may, at its discretion, grant exceptions in response to these circumstances.

Submission Dates and Board Meetings The Board of Directors meets two times per year to consider requests for grants.

Proposal Deadline
Board Meeting
5 p.m. on August 1
5 p.m. on February 1

In the event that a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, requests may be submitted by 5 p.m. on the following business day.

Proposals and Letters of Inquiry should be sent to:

Angela Baran, M.S.
Program Officer
Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County
114 South Genesee Street, Suite 505
Waukegan, IL  60085