Grants from the Charitable Trust may be awarded for three consecutive years, with one year off before an organization is eligible to apply again. General operating grants are not renewed automatically, and there are no multi-year gifts for operating.
The Northern Trust Charitable Trust does not make contributions to:
In addition to grants made through the Charitable Trust, Northern Trust also makes a limited number of direct contributions for various community activities.
If you already have an established account but have not submitted your application, please click here to complete or edit it. If you have not established an account, please follow the instructions below.
Please review the following information before submitting an application:
Letter of Inquiry
A letter of inquiry is required if your organization has not received funding from the Northern Trust Charitable Trust in the last 12 months, or if you are a new applicant. After completing a brief eligibility questionnaire and meeting our general guidelines, your organization will be invited to complete a letter of inquiry. A letter of inquiry needs to be submitted online before 5:00 p.m. Central Time prior to the application deadline. You will be notified by e-mail within 72 hours of receipt of your Letter of Inquiry regarding its disposition. If approved, your organization will be invited to complete the Charitable Trust Application.
Charitable Trust Application for Current Grantees
If you are an organization that has received funding from the Northern Trust Charitable Trust in the last 12 months, a Letter of Inquiry is not required. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date listed below. Your organization should complete the appropriate application for current grantees:
Multi-Year Contributions Annual Grantee Report
This form is required for grantees that have been approved to receive multi-year funding, and must be completed on an annual basis to receive funding. This report documents the progress of your organization toward meeting the grant objectives. Your organization should complete the Multi-Year Contributions Annual Grantee Report.
After receiving an invitation to apply, you will be sent an online application to complete.
In addition, be sure to upload the following information with your application:
Applications, including all material specified in the preceding checklist must be received in the Community Affairs office before 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date. Deadlines for requests for funding are determined by area of service, as follows:
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* Letters of inquiry need only be submitted by new applicants (those that have not received funding in the preceding 12 months).
Applications are reviewed in late March, July and October.
Remember, all applications and letters of inquiry must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the deadline day.