Apply for a Grant

In an effort to assist counseling professionals during this time of uncertainty, the Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling is extending the deadline for

the 2020 Grant Applications to November 1, 2020.  Special consideration will be given to applications regarding the use of innovation and technology in meeting the needs of populations impacted or impaired by COVID-19. This includes social workers, counselors, and mental health professionals utilizing technology in an effort to assist clients and agencies in need.

Thank you for your interest in applying for a grant. In order to be helpful to applicants the Foundation's Board of Directors provides the following information regarding how the Foundation does its work and how it goes about making funding decisions. 

Please note that due to COVID-19 safety concerns, the mandate requiring attendance at a Foundation-sponsored recognition event has been eliminated for the 2020/21 grant cycle.  We respect the needs of our grantees, colleagues, and organizations and remain committed to keeping communities safe by adhering to social distancing and respecting CDC recommendations.


Summary of the grant process: 


  • The Foundation announces that applications are being accepted and what funds are available for grants.   


  • Those seeking grants need to complete the application form and return to the Executive Director by the deadline which is strictly enforced.  Those applying are notified of receipt of their application.


  • Committee members read each application thoroughly and independently.  This is done via "blind review" in which the reviewers do not know the identity of the applicant.  


  • Readers independently evaluate the grant with a numerical rating system relative to the criteria for the application.  For example, they will note:

    • the detail and completeness of the project description  

    • how the project purports to advance the counseling profession

    • whether the work will benefit only the applicant or also others

    • how well the project fits with the Foundation’s Mission and purpose

  • The Foundation has awarded grants over $330,000 since 2007.  The grant-awarding process is competitive and dependent on the availability of funds. 

The Foundation is dedicated to Empowering Professionals and Enriching Lives through the grant awards.  Past recipients are often willing to serve as mentors and the Executive Director and Board President are always available for your comments and questions. Good luck!

Open Grant Applications: 

Empowering Professionals. . . Enriching Lives

Contact Us
Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling

28 Shorewood Drive | Macomb, IL 61455
309.306.1193 | 



In January 2017 the Secretary of State approved the Illinois Counseling Association Foundation's request to conduct business as the
Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling.

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