Grantmaking Overview

Grant requests are by invitation only. We welcome potential grantees to review  Our Process and  Frequently Asked Questions.

The Coleman Foundation continues its commitment to the community during our strategic planning process. While we search for our next Executive Director and prepare to roll out our 2025 funding priorities, we are not accepting unsolicited funding requests, including letters of inquiry, for the remainder of 2024. Current grantees are welcome to contact the program team via with questions.

Our commitment to support innovative projects and initiatives remains as strong as ever, and we look forward to continuing our work together to create positive impacts in our communities.

We appreciate your understanding during this year of transition.


The Coleman Foundation uses the Fluxx grants management system for all LOIs, requests and reports. Mailed or emailed LOIs, requests and reports will no longer be accepted.


  • If your organization has not been funded by Coleman in the past, take our eligibility quiz here.
  • If your organization has been funded by Coleman in the past, you can access Fluxx here.
  • To re-set your password in Fluxx, read these instructions: Re-setting your password in Fluxx



The Coleman Foundation awards grants the in the following areas: EntrepreneurshipHealth and Rehabilitation Services, including Cancer Care, and  Intellectual and Developmental Disability Service Organizations.  The Foundation’s primary geographic focus is the Chicago Metropolitan area; international programs will not be considered.


Grants are made only to organizations that are certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as tax exempt, non-profit organizations, 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1), and that are not private foundations. No grants can be made to individuals.


If your work fits one of our funding areas and is located in the Chicago metro area, please submit a Letter of Inquiry


For examples of our recent grants, see our Annual Reports

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The Coleman Foundation, Inc.
20 N. Wacker Dr. Suite 3410
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone (312) 902-7120
Fax (312) 902-7124

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