Apply for a Grant

School and Parish Leadership

Parish schools and high schools within the Archdiocese of Chicago that are planning to enroll a child with special needs who would NOT be able to attend without paraprofessional assistance, technology application, or other forms for support, may apply for a FIRE grant if/when specific criteria are met. Parish communities receiving FIRE grants are committed to adopting a philosophy of inclusive education within their school and assuming ownership of the inclusion program. Potential grantees are encouraged to apply parish and school enrollment policies and guidelines (tithing requirements, available space, etc.) when considering enrollment of a student with significant special needs. When possible, it’s desirable to offer special consideration for children who already have siblings attending the school. The Archdiocesan Director of Inclusive Education provides guidance and professional development to schools looking to build or expand inclusive education programs.

Parents of a Child with Special Needs

Please contact your parish priest and school principal to request a meeting to discuss the possibility of your child attending your parish school. Parents are encouraged to provide any appropriate information to the principal including diagnosis, contact information of child’s current school, educational plans, etc., to assist the school in determining if they are able to meet the needs of your child.

All parents of children receiving support from a FIRE Foundation grant are asked to become members of Friends of FIRE!

Principals | Priests | Special Educators

FIRE has established a formal grant application process. Before qualifying for grant assistance, the following must be completed.

  1. Contact the FIRE Foundation of Greater Chicago to discuss your school’s desire to enroll a student with special needs who would NOT be able to attend without paraprofessional support and to learn more about partnership with the Foundation.
  2. Contact the Archdiocesan Director of Inclusive Education to ask for assistance in determining whether a new student requires partial or full time support in order to attend your parish school.
  3. Upon determination by the Archdiocesan Director of Inclusive Education and school Special Education teacher/principal, that a student would NOT be able to attend your parish school without FIRE Foundation of Greater Chicago support, please contact the FIRE Foundation to request a meeting to learn about specific grant requirements and the process for application. At that time, Friends of FIRE packets will be provided to encourage immediate participation from parents and school community members.

Grant Timelines

FIRE Foundation of Greater Chicago accepts applications for funding requests on an annual basis. Please see below the 2022-2023 school year application and all specific application timelines and instructions.

  • January 17, 2022: Grant Application Opens
  • February 14, 2022: Grant Application Due
  • Week of March 7 and 14, 2022: Application Zoom Interviews (scheduled directly with applicants)
  • April 11, 2022: Grant Awards Announced



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