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About the Initiative

Healing Illinois is a racial healing initiative of the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Field Foundation of Illinois. Healing Illinois was designed to support communities across Illinois to begin or continue the work of racial healing in their communities. The ongoing oppressive and structural tactics that uphold systemic racism and inequities highlight the need for racial healing, and the need to address the underlying systems that have created the conditions where vast racial disparities are allowed to exist. As we move ahead with the work of systemic change, we must also lay the groundwork for community healing, acknowledging the harm done to communities of color and providing the space for healing. Healing Illinois represents one step in that process, promoting racial healing for everyone, and advancing racial equity in Illinois.

Healing Illinois will provide up to $4.5 million in grants to organizations across the state to begin, or continue, the work of racial healing.

The major goals of this project are to:

  1. Build knowledge and understanding of racial healing and equity in communities across the state
  2. Strengthen trust and relationship building, among the residents of Illinois
  3. Expand opportunities for communities and individuals to begin to heal from the harms caused by racism
  4. Increase awareness and media engagement focused on racial healing and equity

If you have any questions, please view our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Request for Proposal

12/31/23 - RFP Application window has been closed. No further applications will be accepted for this fiscal year.

The Request for Proposal opportunity is now open; APPLY NOW Healing Illinois Request for Proposal (RFP). There will be a rolling application process for Healing Illinois grant applications, with staggered grant deadlines:

  • Deadline #1: October 20, 2023
  • Deadline #2: November 10, 2023
  • Deadline #3: December 1, 2023

Information Sessions (open to all)

  1. October 12, 2023 | A recording of this event will be available soon.
  2. November 1, 2023 | A recording of this event will be available soon.
  3. November 20, 2023 | Recording will be available soon

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