W.P. & H.B. White Foundation

grant application


The W. P. & H. B. White Foundation provides funding to organizations in Chicago that contribute to the future good of our society, primarily in the areas of education, health, housing and human services, with an emphasis on helping those most in need.


The Board meets quarterly to review grant proposals.  Proposals must be submitted by the 15th day of the first month of each quarter to be considered.

Grants submitted by January 15th will be reviewed at the March Board meeting

Grants submitted by April 15th will be reviewed at the June Board meeting

Grants submitted by July 15th will be reviewed at the September Board meeting

Grants submitted by October 15th will be reviewed at the December Board meeting

Grants are made for general operating expenses and specific programs; however, the Foundation does not support visual and performing arts, individuals, endowments or fund raising events.

Be sure to have the following information ready before beginning the application process.  There are separate line items on the application where you can upload PDFs or type in the information.

-history of the organization
-purpose and beneficiaries of the request

-organizational budget (and project budget if applicable)
-verification of federal tax exempt status (501c3)
-list of Board of Directors
-list of corporate/foundation contributions
-latest audited financial statement

Because there are limits to the number of proposals that the Foundation can fund, selection in no way reflects on the merits of those not given support.

We require written acknowledgement for grants awarded in the prior 12 months.

Inquiries and proposals should be directed to Steven R. White, President and Executive Director.



Application Steps

Use the link at the top of this page to create a Log in. (Email and password for person responsible for the application.)

After creating a log in, the system will prompt you to complete the Profile Form.

Primary Contact information is the organization person responsible for completing the application and answering initial follow-up questions.  If this is the same person as the Executive Director, please enter the information in the both places.

We also request the contact information for the Executive Director or similar individual.  We send the final determination letter to this person as well as the check, if a grant is awarded.

After completing the Profile Form, the system will prompt you to complete the Application Form.

Most of the information is self explanatory and many items include drop down menus to select the best option for your organization.  Additionally, there are options to attach PDFs.  You may save the Application as a draft and come back at a later time to complete the Application.

You may continue to add or remove information until the proposal is submitted. At that time the system will no longer allow you to make changes. You may email subsequent information to the Foundation.

Linked to Profile: This is the name of the primary contact on the Profile Form.

Organization Name: should be the legal name of the organization

AKA: is the commonly known name of the organization, if different from the legal name.

Taxonomy Code: Complete if known from the IRS listing, otherwise, leave blank.

Cover Letter: upload a PDF of the cover letter if it is separate from the proposal.

Purpose/Project: in many instances, this will be “General Support”  But, if you are requesting funding for a specific purpose, the brief “title” of the purpose should be included here.

Detailed Purpose and Beneficiaries: You many type in a detailed request or attached your detailed write up as a PDF.

We request the budget of the organization as well as the budget for the specific project, if there is a specific location or project in the application.

History of the Organization: This may be separate PDF or it may be included in the detailed proposal.

Annual Report, Additional Material and Progress Report are optional items to include as PDFs.

Depending the the type of organization, there are additional line items to be completed.  You may save the Application and come back to complete these additional items.



After you have submitted your application:

The foundation will review your application.

The first review will be done to ensure your application is complete and to clarify the information on the application.  This review will be done shortly after your application is submitted.

A more detailed review will be completed prior to the quarterly board meeting.  You may receive an email or phone call from the Executive Director, Steve White.

After the quarterly board meeting, the W.P. & H.B. White Foundation will mail letters and, if applicable, checks to the Executive Director or President of your organization.