Funding being offered to West Side nonprofits

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The Advocate Bethany Community Health Fund (Bethany Fund) will award approximately $1 million per year through 2020 to support local efforts to build, promote and sustain healthy communities on Chicago’s West Side.

The Bethany Fund’s mission is to address the area’s unique health needs by funding community-based efforts that promote health and wellness and address health disparities in the neighborhoods of Austin, Garfield Park, Humboldt Park and North Lawndale, collectively called the “fund communities.”

To receive funding, programs must address at least one of the following four priority areas: diabetes, school dropout prevention, violence prevention or workforce development.

Grant awards range from $5,000 to $50,000. All eligible organizations are encouraged to apply by next week’s deadline.

New applicants (which include previous grantees that have not received awards for 2014) must submit a letter of intent (LOI) application to be considered for a grant by 5 p.m. Friday, April 18.

For more information about the Bethany Fund or to access the LOI application, click here.

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