Healing Illinois Grant Opportunity

United Way of Central Illinois has been awarded $20,000 to provide grants through the Healing Illinois project for Sangamon and Menard Counties. Healing Illinois is a racial healing initiative of the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), in partnership with The Chicago Community Trust, designed to distribute $4.5 million grants to organizations across the state to begin, or continue, the work of racial healing.

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All application are due by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 11, 2021.


The grant award is to advance racial equity by:

  • promoting dialogue
  • encourage collaboration
  • facilitate learning
  • seed connections

All projects must follow the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All grantees and sub-recipients are subject to the funding restrictions relating to allowable and unallowable costs as set forth in 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles. Funds should be dedicated solely towards the Healing Illinois. All grantees and sub recipients are subject to monitoring and should maintain all necessary documentation to support all expenses.

Allowable Costs:

Allowable costs are those that are necessary, and reasonable and permissible under the law and can be found in 2 CFR 200 – Subpart E – Cost Principles. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  1. Staff/personnel
  2. Contractual (sub-awards, contracts, etc.)
  3. Interpretation and translation services
  4. Supplies (tablet devices, laptops, office supplies, etc.)
  5. Printing (approved collateral and merchandise)
  6. Advertising
  7. Telecommunications (internet service, hot spots, data plans, phone banking)
  8. Travel
  9. Events, training, and meeting-related expenses which may include food, room rental, AV equipment rental, booth fees.

Food and beverage costs must be reasonable, necessary and directly tied to the goals the Healing Illinois grant. Examples of food and beverages that may be allowable include water, coffee, bagels, donuts, pizza or other items available at a nominal cost. Catered or sit-down meals, alcohol and other non-essential items, are not allowed. All food and beverage purchases billed to the grant must be designed to encourage gathering of hard to reach populations. Additionally, grantees and sub-recipients are encouraged to acquire lower cost locations and venues and avoid the appearance of extravagant spending.

Unallowable Costs:

Unallowable costs include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Bad debts
  2. Contingencies or provision for unforeseen events
  3. Contributions and donations
  4. Entertainment, alcoholic beverages, gratuities
  5. Fines and penalties
  6. Certain interest and financial costs
  7. Legislative and lobbying expenses
  8. Real property payments or purchases

Funds shall not be used to:

a.  Engage in any lobbying not permitted by Section 501(c)(3) of the International Revenue Code (IRC), or if applicable, IRC Sections 501(h) and 4911;

  • Engage in political campaign activities to influence the outcome of any specific public election (within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Code); or
  • Undertake any activity other than for a religious, charitable, educational, literary or scientific purpose specified in Section 170(c)(2)(B) of the Code

Documentation :

All grant recipients are required to record and report how the funds are being used. Additionally, grantees are expected to provide receipts and invoices for the funds. All grantees must expend funds by January 31st, 2021, with the expectation of completing the project by March 31st, 2021.

Ready to Apply? Download the PDF above then click the button below to submit!

All application are due by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 11, 2021.

Questions? Contact Katrina Hays at khays@uwcil.org

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