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 Eldercare
  • Educational Access
  • Technology Access (i.e. internet, phone)
  • Shelter and Housing
  • Economic Relief
  • Social-Emotional Support
  • Cultural, Ceremonial, Spirit-Aligned Support

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The applicant identifies with a Native American Federally Recognized Tribe or First Nations reserve 
  • The applicant has been an engaged member with a CAICC member organization or the Chicago Native community 
  • The applicant is 18 years or older
  • 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 while funds are available. As we continue to raise funds, we will distribute resources accordingly. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding.

Please note: Priority is being given to first-time applicants. If you have applied already in November-December 2020, please check your email for communication regarding your application.


  • Who can apply for these funds?
    • Anyone who meets eligibility requirements.
  • 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, United Philanthropy Forum’s Momentum Fund, 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.
  • What is the deadline for submitting supporting documents?
    • If you have any supporting documents (bills, pay stubs, notices, etc.) please provide them no later than 14 days after submitting your application. There is limited funding is available and the deadline is firm. If you are unable to provide your documentation within the 14-day timeframe, please resubmit an application.
  • 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