Robert J. Nejedlo Social Emphasis Grant

Deadline for receiving grant requests is Sunday, November 1, 2020

The Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling seeks to promote innovative projects and programs that address and help solve social problems in Illinois.  The Foundation will award a grant(s) not to exceed $25,000 for this grant category.  

Particular areas to be focused upon include, but are not limited to:

  • Needs and interventions for children and youth at risk  

  • Issues and needs of returning war veterans and their families

  • Coping with the effects of traumatic events (i.e. natural disasters, violence, mass shootings, terrorism, human/sex trafficking)

  • Interventions to remediate social justice inequities (i.e. gender, race, sexual preference)

  • Employment and Unemployment Issues

  • Identity and/or Sexual Preference

  • Unique Community Needs

  • Immigrants and Immigration

Proposals will be evaluated using a blind review process, and on the basis of:

  • Magnitude of the contribution.

  • Quality of the proposed work (significance, innovation, approach).

  • Demonstrated scholarship, research, and financial competence of the applicant.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a counseling graduate student or practicing counseling/mental health professional (minimum of Masters degree).  Grant applications from ICA Divisions and Chapters, or any mental health or counseling group or agency, must be signed by at least two officers or an officer and a staff member.


  1. The awards will be presented by the Foundation at a time and place to be determined at a future date. Recipients will be given advanced notice in plenty of time to attend. Grant recipients are expected to be in attendance for award presentation. 

  2. Awardee will be required to provide quarterly reports to the Foundation Board. At the completion of the project, the recipient is also expected to provide a Final Report to the Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling Board specifying how funds were spent, the results, whether goals were met, and for further suggestions and interventions.*Reports are due on or before the 15th of the months: February, June, and October. Final report is due December 31 of the following year. Disbursement of grant funds will coincide with receipt and acceptance of reports. Submit to:

  3. The Foundation requires that the individual or group representative applying for a grant belong to a professional counseling/mental health organization, such as the Illinois Counseling Association, in order to ensure grants are awarded to those who are adhering to a professional Code of Ethics.

  4. Results of the project must be submitted for publications in a counseling / mental health professional journal, be submitted as a proposal for a counseling / mental health professional conference / workshop, or present professional training in a program for peers within 12 months of grant approval. 

  5. One person or group can submit one application per grant cycle.

  6. The use of grant funds for salaries and/or stipends will be considered.

  7. Mileage in the grant application can be considered for transporting clients to and from your program. 

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.

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.

Proceed to Submit an Application for the Robert J. Nejedlo Social Emphasis Grant

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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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