The was founded in 1890 as the Visiting Nurse Association of Chicago, an organization that employed its own nurses and other health professionals to provide health care to the underprivileged. In 1995, VNA transitioned to a grantmaking foundation and began awarding financial support to nonprofit organizations offering home- and community-based care to the underserved.
The organization currently is accepting Letters of Intent from nonprofit organizations for home- and community-based healthcare services that address the needs of the medically underserved in the metro Chicago region.
The foundation makes program, operating, and capital grants in support of home healthcare services, community and school-based services, primary care and chronic disease management, and health promotion. Priority is given to programs in which care is provided by nurses.
To be considered for a grant, organizations must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service and work to benefit the medically underserved in Cook, Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Kane, and Will counties.
Letters of Intent must be received no later than March 21, 2019. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by April 25, 2019.
For program guidelines and application instructions as well as information about past grant recipients, see the VNA Foundation website.