How To Apply

The Christopher Family Foundation offers grants within a number of different program areas.

Education

The Foundation’s Education Program currently focuses on two strategies—out-of-school time programs for youth, and professional learning and leadership development for teachers and school leaders.

  • Out-of-school time programs—before and after school, and during the summer months—allow students to pursue interests that foster excitement for learning, forge positive relationship with adults and peers, and participate in a safe, supervised environment when parents/guardians are working.
  • Developing exceptional school educators and administrators through professional learning opportunities has a powerful ripple effect. One educator has the potential to impact thousands of students over the course of their career, and high-performing teachers and administrators play a crucial role in narrowing the opportunity gap.

Employment & Entrepreneurship

The Foundation believes that everyone should experience the dignity that employment provides, and the ability to support themselves and their families through  work. CFF has a particular interest in programs that provide job readiness training and those that teach and foster entrepreneurship as a way out of poverty, especially for women.

Individual & Family Health & Well-being

The Foundation wants the families and communities of the Chicago region to thrive through healthy bodies and healthy food. Through its individual and family health and well-being initiative, the Foundation supports a number of programs that address hunger and increase access to healthy food. Also supported are programs for children and families who have experienced trauma so they can find healing and go on to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.

Special & Legacy Projects

From time to time CFF will support a special project, or make an additional contribution to a legacy project outside the three core areas of program focus. These grants will only be made on the initiative of the Distribution Committee, with an invitation to apply. No unsolicited applications outside the core areas will be considered.