Apply for Grant Funding

Each year New Trier Township awards grants to non-profit agencies that provide social services to Township residents. Agencies must meet eligibility requirements and address one or more of the funding target areas.

Agency Funding Application Due Date & Funding Hearings

Agencies interested in submitting proposals must turn in their applications by Friday, September 10th, 2021 at 3 p.m. Each application is assigned to one of the Township Advisory Committees, either Agency Oversight, Mental Health or Money Follows the Person. Committees review the applications in October and prepare questions for the hearings, which take place in November. Agencies are contacted in October regarding a hearing date.

Decisions regarding funding are made in December and presented to the board in January. The Board makes a final decision regarding the committees’ recommendations in February and agencies are notified in late April or early May of the final allocations. All committee meetings and funding hearings are open to the public and posted on the Township Calendar.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for funding an agency must:

  • Be a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
  • Of New Trier Township residents
  • Have a firm sense of mission
  • Have appropriate non-profit infrastructure in place that ensures accountability and performance to its clients and funders
  • Meet one or more of Township identified priorities including seniors, youth, economically challenged families and persons with disabilities

Funding Application Process

Each agency/program requesting funding from the Township will be referred to an advisory committee of the Township, who will make funding and agency/program recommendations to the New Trier Township Board of Trustees. Typically the schedule for funding is as follows:

  • July - Application forms and budget worksheet made available online
  • September - Proposals due
  • October/November - Public funding hearing
  • December - Advisory committee recommendations developed
  • January/February - Township Board reviews advisory committee recommendations
  • March/April - Township Board decisions incorporated into budget
  • May - Public hearing and approval of budget

Please contact Brian Leverenz for funding forms at

2020 Funded Agencies

View a list of agencies funded (PDF).