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From time to time, this page will list special funding opportunities from other private and public funders as well as Capacity Building and Technical Assistance opportunities. This page is meant to share information and resources, not meant to be an endorsement, and is totally optional.


Telligen Community Initiative (TCI)

TCI is excited to announce a unique grant opportunity for nonprofit organizations located in Colorado and Illinois to further address the goal of addressing social determinants of health (SDOH). They have partnered with NowPow, a personalized community referral platform designed to establish connectivity between clinical solutions, human services and educational resources on behalf of people in need. This special TCI grant will cover the start-up costs and one year of membership for organizations to participate in this community-connecting work. The award range will be between $50,000 and $75,000. The NowPow grant is currently available to only agencies in Illinois and Colorado. There is no deadline for applying; however, there are a limited number of grants available. You can learn more about how to apply for the NowPow grant at at

Cook County Department of Public Health

Contact Tracer positions are available and are posted to the Cook County Health website at

Forefront has provided the following list of resources and will be posting updates weekly.

In these uncertain times, Forefront will continue to provide the entire sector with resources, vetted information, and other critical tools to help keep your mission sustained and moving forward!

Access all Forefront COVID-19 resources

Below are some of the organizations that Chicago-area nonprofits can contact for information and assistance with the Payment Protection Program (PPP) application process and connections to PPP lenders.

Fiscal Management Associates
PPP Toolbox and Webinars
This national consulting firm specializing in nonprofit financial management offers PPP guidance for nonprofit applicants; model documents; free one-hour webinars, daily; an email and national hotline.

Chicago Community Loan Fund
PPP Call Center
This PPP call center managed by a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) offers nonprofit applicants 60 minutes of one-on-one assistance with SBA lending experts plus a list of PPP lenders serving Chicago nonprofits.

PPP Assistance and Loans
This Chicago-based nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), serving all of Illinois and nine other midwestern states, has partnered with the Community Reinvestment Fund, another CDFI, to offer upfront assistance to nonprofit organizations and streamlined access to PPP loans.