Applications are currently not being accepted. If we receive more funding, we will open the application again at that time.


CAICC stands in solidarity with Indigenous community members who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CAICC COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant is designed to provide immediate relief to individuals and families who are in need of essential support during this pandemic. This grant is available to support services and relief efforts such as:

  • Medical supplies
  • Food and/or food delivery
  • Youth and /or Elder care
  • Educational Access
  • Technology Access (i.e. internet, phone)
  • Shelter and Housing
  • Economic Relief
  • Social – Emotional Support
  • Cultural, Ceremonial, Spirit-Aligned Support

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant identifies with a Native American Federally Recognized Tribe or First Nations reserve 
  • Applicant has been an engaged member with a CAICC member organization or the Chicago Native community 
  • Applicant’s household income is less than $65,000 annually 

The application is confidential and does not take long to complete. Grant review and funding notifications will occur on a weekly basis through the end of May 2020. As we continue to raise funds, we will distribute resources accordingly. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding. Click on the application button to complete your application.



  • Who can apply for these funds?
    • Anyone who meets eligibility requirements.
  • How do I apply for funds?
  • Can I have someone else submit an application on my behalf?
    • Yes. If you are not able to submit an application yourself, you can have someone else submit the application on your behalf. That person will have to identify themselves by providing their name and contact info. 
  • What types of expenses can this award cover?
    • This award is intended to help with household expenses that are in immediate need of payment and cannot be deferred or negotiated. These may include medical, food, youth and elder, housing, and cultural assistance or other immediate expenses. 
  • Where do the funds come from?
    • The CAICC COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant is supported by a variety of sponsors including the Spencer Foundation, Greater Chicago Food Depository, and individual donors
  • How will funds be distributed?
    • If approved, you will be contacted directly to coordinate the receipt of an e-check, physical check and/or a food card.
  • What if I still have a job part-time or full-time, but it is not enough?
    • These funds are available for anyone who’s income has been impacted by COVID-19 and meets the eligibility requirements listed above.
  • How long will it take for funds to be distributed?
    • If your application is approved, we plan to distribute funds within 7-10 business days.
  • I am non-Native or not enrolled, am I still eligible to apply?
    • Our funds are focused on the Native American Indian Chicago Area Community, however, proof of Tribal enrollment is not required.
  • I am not living in the Chicago area, am I still eligible to apply?
    • We will be reviewing applications from applicants that reside in Chicago and Suburban areas
  • If I have additional questions, who should I contact?
    • You can contact a CAICC representative at



Immediate COVID-19 Relief Resources



Resource Delivery to Native Veterans, Elderly, and Homebound

Trickster Cultural Center is delivering care packages to homebound veterans and veterans in need at this time. This is thanks to the help of our partners, the Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates Rotary Club, the Kenneth Young Center, and all those that donated their time and resources to help our veteran and homebound community.

With the continued COVID-19 social distancing and shelter in place orders, there is a need for additional deliveries to our community. We are requesting support from those who can help our efforts We are looking for volunteers to help pack and deliver to the Schaumburg area on Friday, April 24th from 10 am to noon. Trickster is also seeking donations of non-perishable food and hygiene items (see list below). Items can be dropped off at Trickster Cultural Center on Thursday, April 23, from 10 am to 1 pm. You may also make a monetary donation by clicking the link below.

Please email Gina Roxas at if you are in the Schaumburg area and in need of assistance, or know of someone that is in need, or if you are able to help.