Program Guidelines

Our grantmaking focuses on improving access to quality health care for Lake County’s low-income residents. We support programs that target uninsured or underinsured individuals and families, and underserved neighborhoods and communities. We give priority to organizations that serve residents of Antioch, Fox Lake, Grayslake - Third Lake, Great Lakes, Gurnee, Lake Villa – Lindenhurst, North Chicago, Round Lake, Wadsworth, Waukegan, and Zion.

We provide support for primary care services (including direct medical, dental, vision, and mental health care), medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, and health care equipment; community health education; and postsecondary education scholarship programs that prepare Lake County residents to pursue health-related careers and to work in underserved Lake County communities. Within our scholarship program we give priority to institutions that prepare low-income residents to pursue health-related careers. In the future, the foundation may also consider a limited number of requests for special opportunities, such as funding for a research study on the utilization of hospital emergency rooms by low-income and uninsured persons and the financial impact on the hospitals, and policy advocacy initiatives designed to improve access to health care. For more information about special opportunities, please contact the foundation’s executive director. 

We give priority to high-quality programs that:

  • Demonstrate effectiveness at improving access to health services and health outcomes
  • Incorporate community health education with disease screening, referrals to accessible treatments, and follow-up to ensure that necessary treatments are received
  • Include strategic partnerships between health systems, colleges and universities, public entities, such as schools and health departments, and community-based organizations
  • Provide linguistically and culturally competent services for non-English speaking residents

We will consider programs operated by non-profit community organizations and community service organizations, community health centers, hospitals, colleges and universities, and public entities, such as schools and health departments. Programs must demonstrate the ability to measure improvements in access to care and health status within an accessible, culturally and linguistically competent environment. 

The foundation does not fund the following:

  • Biomedical research
  • Patient financial aid
  • Religious activities
  • Services provided by unqualified persons