Circle of Service Foundation is a private foundation that makes grants to support great organizations to enhance community, opportunity and well-being. We believe that challenge grants are powerful tools in the fundraising toolboxes of the organizations we support, and strategies from our grant recipients confirm this. Accordingly, most of our grants have a challenge component.

We welcome grant applications both for specific programs and for general operating support. Each of our grants generally can be categorized into one of our focus areas. After reviewing the information below, if you are not sure if you fit into one of our focus areas.

Community Services

Our Community Services program supports organizations in Cook and Lake Counties, Illinois that help individuals achieve stability in their lives and grow to achieve increasing self-reliance and independence.


Circle of Service Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications for capital grants. If you currently have a grant from us and you wish to apply for a capital grant, please contact your Program Officer.


Circle of Service Foundation considers Pre-applications and Applications on a rolling basis, and, unless we have told you otherwise, we do not have specific deadlines. Most organizations will hear from us within 45 days of the submission date of a Pre-application and within 120 days of the submission date of an Application. Further, given our challenge-grant orientation, we strongly encourage you to consider your fundraising calendar when determining when to apply for a grant. If you are a current grantee, you can apply for a new grant 90 days before your grant term ends.




Circle of Service Foundation

P. O. Box 8529

Northfield, IL 60093


847-716-2177 (Fax)