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Grant Guidelines

CUBS CARE, A Fund of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation

The McCormick Foundation, through its fund Cubs Care, has granted more than $20 million to Chicago non-profit organizations since 1991. Cubs Care grants are awarded to 501c3 designated organizations. Priority in consideration is given to organizations which have been in existence for at least three years and request support for programs in operation for at least a year.

Program Guidelines

Grants from Cubs Care, a fund of the McCormick Foundation are awarded to applicants from eligible organizations serving the following people or addressing the Primary Interests detailed below.

Funding Areas and Grantmaking Strategies

Child/Youth Education: This funding area supports agencies with established academic intervention program strategies in one of four transition stages that serve academically underperforming children and youth. Priority is given to programs that track student performance outcomes. The stages includes: (1) K-3rd Grade Reading Proficiency. Required outcomes include demonstrated reading grade level scores on a standardized literacy assessment pre/post test. (2) Middle-to-High School Transition. Required outcomes include demonstrated improvements in middle school core course performance, increase in school attendance, successful transition to high school, demonstrated 9th grade "on-track" status (C or better letter grade in core courses); (3) Postsecondary Access. Required outcomes include demonstrated improvement in high school core course performance (GPA tracking), attendance, comprehensive college preparation services, and high school graduation and college enrollment rates. (4) Postsecondary Persistence. Required outcomes include college matriculation, access to academic and non-cognitive support services and completion.

Health and Wellness: In this funding area, priority is given in three specific categories for established programs providing access to affordable, high quality health care services to low income residents in underserved communities: (1) Community Health Centers (preferably for those with an FQHC designation), in addition to some mobile health clinics; (2) K-12 School-based Health Centers; and (3) Agencies operating childhood obesity prevention and/or treatment programs. Only eligible programs reporting client outcomes will receive funding consideration.

Geographic Priorities

  • Chicago Area.

Applications are available by invitation only.

The McCormick Foundation does not make grants to programs that would financially benefit the Chicago Cubs.

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