The HPCF entertains grant proposals from agencies and organizations which have the following characteristics:

  • IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit status (current)
  • Population served must be at least 51% Highland Park/Highwood residents

First Time Applicants: For new applicants and those who have previously applied but were not awarded a grant from the HPCF, you must first submit a letter to the HPCF as described in the First Time Applicants section by June 15th of the applying year. You will be notified if your organization qualifies to submit a grant proposal. At that time you may complete and submit your application. Please follow the procedures outlined below for submitting your application.

Returning Applicants and Approved New Applicants: If you have previously received a grant from the HPCF or are a pre-approved new applicant, please use either the online form found in the Application section or the City of Highland Park Common Grant Application. The online form can be submitted electronically. The City of Highland Park form must be downloaded and mailed in, but may be useful if you are applying for grants from multiple organizations in the community.

After submitting your application online, send the following by U.S. Mail:

501(c)(3) certificate.
Most recent financial statements: last 3 years for new applicants
Form 990 for last fiscal year
Agency budget for current year
Line item budget for the program to be funded

Mail these to:
Highland Park Community Foundation
P. O. Box 398
Highland Park, IL 60035
Tel: 847-433-4100

Deadline: All items must be received by July 15th of the applying year.

The Highland Park Community Foundation reviews and makes the final determination on all grant applications. Applicants will be notified about the Board’s decision along with any conditions that may apply to the grant. Grant recipients are required to report on how funds were used as soon as possible within a year of receipt.