ECF Grant-making Criteria/Application Deadlines

Apply for a Grant: Chicago


The Employees Community Fund (ECF) of Chicago is part of an international network of Boeing employee-owned and operated nonprofit charitable foundations. We focus giving in five areas: Education, Health and Human Services, Environment, Arts and Culture, and Civic.

Agencies must qualify with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization and focus their work/services in underserved communities. Nonprofits are evaluated on their history and mission, their impact in the community, their success of recent initiatives, and their alignment to focus area interest.

Grants awards vary greatly in size. Award levels are based on the merit of each individual grant request.

Geographical Restrictions

ECF of Chicago will consider grant requests from organizations based in and serving the communities where our employees live and work. These include Chicago and its surrounding counties as well as parts of Northwest Indiana.


  • Education and Environment - March 17, 2014 through April 30, 2014
  • Arts & Culture – May 1, 2014 through May 31, 2014
  • Civic and Health & Human Services – June 1, 2014 through July 1, 2014

If a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the application will be due on the next business day.


The ECF of Chicago does not fund:

  • Pass through organizations
  • Political organizations or programs
  • Individual public and private schools
  • Fraternal, sectarian, social, religious, or similar organizations
  • Sports or recreational activities
  • General operating costs and expenses (e.g. salaries, insurance, utilities, etc.)

Instructions for Applying for ECF Funding

Step 1: Review information provided above prior to applying for the grant.

Step 2: Please complete the online Letter of Intent (LOI) here . Someone from the Chicago ECF team will contact you within the application period with additional questions or to invite a full online application.

Step 3: Identify a Boeing employee to act as sponsor for the grant request. The Boeing employee must contribute to the general pool of the Chicago ECF.

Step 4: If you are invited to submit a full online application, please use this link: ECF grant applicant.This link can be used for both new and returning users. Note that if you think your organization has previously applied for an ECF (or Boeing corporate grant), it is important that you do not create a duplicate record. If you do not know the organization's user name or password, click on the "Need Support" link on the login page for assistance.

Contact Information

For further information, please contact the Chicago ECF focal at You may expect a response within one week.