Grant Application Directions:
Preference is given to organizations with an emphasis on
programs for children, youth and young adults and aligns with the following
• Workforce Development
• Health Care especially cancer care
• Special Needs
• Non-Profit Hellenic Organizations
• Non-Profit Film Organizations
The geographic focus of Cinespace
Chicago Film Studio’s grant-making program is intended to provide support to
501(C)(3) nonprofit organizations that provide services to traditionally
underserved communities. Organizations serving residents living on the West and
South side of Chicago are a priority.
The Cinespace Board reserves the right to
approve grants in other locations at its discretion.
In determining a request for funding the following principles
are taken into consideration:
An Accountable Organization: Cinespace Chicago
Film Studios invests in non-profit 501(C)(3) organizations that are forwardthinking and possess strong practices, procedures,
and policies. The requests should include
defined strategic plans, a description of how objectives are achieved, and
measurements of expected results. The
inclusion of a brief project description in the narrative is required.
Success: The organization must demonstrate that they
have additional funding sources, a stable workforce, community support and a
time frame in which to achieve their objectives. The narrative section must be
realistic, concrete and include an evaluation component.
Stability in the leadership of the organization is a requirement, as well as, a
proven reputation for results and effective management. Executive leadership
biographical sketch is required.
Financial Stability: A demonstrated history of overall financial
stability is required.
Innovation: Cinespace Chicago Film Studios invests in organizations
that have demonstrated positive change through innovation and those that take
risks and are in the lead in the projects endeavored, and outcomes realized.
Sustainability: Cinespace Chicago Film Studios aligns with programs that
can make meaningful improvements to the community that stand the test of time.
Grant Requests Limits:
Grants are approved on a year-to-year basis, and only one grant is awarded per organization within a
Applications for program grants will be reviewed two times per year. The first review period will extend from January 1, 2019, through February 15, 2019. The second review period opens May 1, 2019, and closes on June 30, 2019. Once Cinespace Chicago Film Studios receives the required information, applicants will be notified within 45 days by email.
Cinespace Chicago Film Studio staff and Board of Directors will make every effort to visit the applicant in advance of funding and or will conduct a site visit before the end of the funding cycle.
At the six-month interval and project completion, the
organization will provide a one-page impact report highlighting
accomplishments, goals met and missed.
Please review the following eligibility requirements. To be considered for funding all applications
must include the following information. Applications missing the following data
are excluded from consideration.
IRS Tax Board Determination Letter confirming
Audited Financial Statements (if unavailable, please submit
your recent 990s)
Short bios of executive leadership
List of current Board of Directors
letters of support from community-based groups or professional
does not encourage requests for:
Organizations based outside of the area designated as a geographic priority
Agencies that are not a 501(c)(3) or government agency
Legal Name of the Organization:
Address of the Organization
include (street, city and zip code):
Employer Identification Number
Is Your Organization a Registered 501(c)(3) in Illinois?
Did your organization receive
a sponsorship award from Cinespace/CineCares Foundation/Stage18 in 2018? (To reach as many organizations of various sizes and capacities aligned
with the Cinespace Chicago Film Studio’s mission, we
may not fund organization requests for consecutive years.)
Name of Primary Contact:
Grant Request Amount:
Previous Funding from Cinespace:
Year the Organization was Founded:
Fiscal Year End Date:
Please Provide Total Organizational Budget for FY’ 18
Please Provide Total Organizational Budget for FY’ 19
Please Provide Total Organizational Budget for FY’ 20 (please enter anticipated budget):
Please list your Organization’s top 5 Funders and the Amount of Funding you receive:
Considerations before you begin to write the narrative about your agency:
Please provide a brief narrative describing
the specific program for which you are applying for funding. Please include the
following information in your description:
Describe what this program will
accomplish. Describe the people that will benefit from this program and how
this program will change their lives.
List specific goals and objectives. Describe what gaps in the community
that this program meets. How will this
program empower those that benefit from the services your organization provides?
Describe in specific terms the
activities and steps you will take to implement the program. Include a brief project plan with a time
frame. Describe how you will secure
ongoing funding for the program at the end of the funding cycle. What will happen to the program if financing
is not obtainable?