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Polk Bros. Foundation

Category: Regional

The Foundation exists because of the success of the Polk Bros. chain of retail furniture and appliance stores. The Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for the people of Chicago. The Foundation partners with local nonprofits that work to reduce the impact of poverty and provide area residents with better access to quality education, preventive health care, and basic human services. Social services remains the Foundationís largest area of funding. There are five focus areas within social services: workforce development, housing and legal service programs, youth and family support, and community and economic development programs. The Foundation also makes grants in education, cultural programs, and health services. Generally, the Foundation makes grants only for direct services provided to Chicago communities of need, with a priority for those serving Chicago public school students and their families. There are no deadlines for proposal submissions; applications are accepted year round. Due to the economic downturn and the Foundationís commitment to funding existing grantees, the Foundation will consider only a few proposals from organizations that have not previously received Foundation support. Additional information can be found on the Web site.

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