Any registered 501-C organization is invited to submit a completed application in the fall of an even year for review. The application deadline is December 1, with funding decisions made the following March. (Applications can be mailed to First Congregational Church of Western Springs, Attn: Mission & Outreach, 1106 Chestnut Street, Western Springs, IL 60558.)
The criteria used to evaluate the funding decisions include:
- What is the impact the organization has on its constituents?
- Does it promote self-reliance and/or emergency relief?
- Is there current First Congo participation and /or potential opportunities to form connections with the organization?
- Are there alternate sources of funding though other church ministries?