GrantsPlus is We Raise Foundation’s largest and most competitive grant program, partnering with Christian organizations in Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Oakland/San Francisco that work at the intersection of poverty, violence, and inequality. These grants are particularly focused on education, workforce development, or criminal justice, and provide up to $50,000 over a two- or three-year term.

We Raise Foundation continues to serve primarily as a first investor for programs or organizations that are three years or younger, while also making targeted investments in existing programs or organizations that have proven to be highly effective in their field. Letters of inquiry are accepted twice a year.

The intersection of poverty, violence, and inequality represents the critical obstacle to forming healthy communities and we believe organizations working through education, workforce development, and criminal justice, provide the most intuitive pathways to solutions.

Our Three Funding Priorities

These funding priorities, along with a focus on particular geographic communities, enable We Raise Foundation to build deeper connections and relationships with our grantees, their communities, and the individuals and families they serve. These are key eligibility requirements for GrantsPlus in addition to our overall eligibility.


We believe equity in quality educational experience provides the greatest opportunity for stability and success. Preparation for a post-secondary learning experience is a cornerstone to breaking the cycle of poverty, violence, and inequality.

Target Population: We Raise Foundation has a preference for programs working with low-income children in Kindergarten through 8th grade.


We believe a robust and qualified workforce is central to healthy individuals, families, and communities. We believe increasing employment opportunities remains central to breaking the cycle of poverty and crime and restoring social harmony.

Target Population: We Raise Foundation has a preference for programs serving low-income women who desire the education, skills, and training required to acquire living-wage jobs that support themselves and their families. We Raise Foundation also has a preference for building economic opportunity within geographic communities affected by poverty, violence, and inequality.


We believe inequality in the application of justice perpetuates violence and poverty. We also believe prisoners and ex-offenders offered support and training upon re-entry will more likely become integrated, contributing members of society.

Target Population: We Raise Foundation has a preference for programs offering legal services to low-income individuals that would otherwise not be able to afford representation. Alongside this, we have a preference for programs serving prisoners and ex-offenders that help them re-integrate into society and put them on a path to success.

What Does A GrantsPlus Grantee Receive?

How To Apply

  • Before submitting a full proposal a letter of inquiry is required
  • Letters of inquiry and proposals can only be submitted via the online form by clicking the Apply Now button below
  • Upon clicking the Apply Now button, a list of questions can be downloaded for your planning and preparation purposes
  • Review projects that have been previously funded in our Grants Directory
  • Review the GrantsPlus Schedule below for upcoming deadlines

Questions on how to develop a proposal should be directed to the Programs staff at

Once submitted, letters of inquiry are reviewed by We Raise Programs staff. A select number of applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. Programs staff and a review committee will review those proposals and a recommendation will be given to the president. Grant awards are announced according to the schedule below:

Letter Of Inquiry Due

February 28, 2018

August 15, 2018

Full Proposal Due

March 30, 2018

September 14, 2018

Awards Announced

June 30, 2018

January 15, 2019