Grant Cycles by Focus Area

Focus Areas

Through our new strategic plan, the Michael Reese Health Trust is focusing on the following eight areas:

  • Support advocacy efforts to preserve the safety net
  • Strengthen the intersection between housing and healthcare through data sharing / integration across these sectors
  • Expand and sustain behavioral health services and supports, including Medicaid enrollment, within Chicago Public Schools
  • Build capacity and explore incentives for dental providers to expand integration of oral health and primary care
  • Support survivors of domestic violence through long-term counseling and facilitation of cross-sector provider collaborations
  • Foster a healthy Jewish community by supporting capacity building for affiliates of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Grow and sustain the healthcare workforce by supporting efforts that expose, educate, employ and elevate individuals along a pathway to careers in healthcare:
    • Youth (11-25 years old)
    • Veterans with previous healthcare experience in the military
    • Immigrants/refugees with previous healthcare experience in their home country
  • Prevent violence:


While the Trust is testing and refining our funding strategies, the application process will vary by focus area. Therefore, we recommend that you contact the staff member associated with each focus area to discuss how your organization might partner with the Trust.  The Trust does not accept unsolicited proposals.

  • Jennifer Rosenkranz, Director of
    - Advocacy to preserve the safety net
    - CPS-based behavioral health
    - Domestic violence
    - Violence prevention: Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities
  • Rachel Reichlin, Program
    - Housing and healthcare
    - Healthcare workforce
    - Oral health
    - Violence prevention: hospital-based
  • Gayla Brockman, President and
    - Healthy Jewish community

2019 Grant Cycles

Funding Cycle Spring Fall Winter
Proposal Deadline March 15 September 16 December 16
Grant Period July 1, 2019 –
June 30, 2020
January 1 –
December 31, 2020
April 1, 2020 –
March 31, 2021
CPS-based behavioral
Healthcare workforce
Healthy Jewish
Housing & healthcare
Violence prevention
Domestic violence
Oral health
Advocacy to
  preserve the
  safety net

Note: Applicants such as universities that charge indirect expenses must limit MRHT’s portion of indirect expense to 10% of the project’s direct expenses.