12 Oaks Group Grant Eligibility

Groups that are eligible to receive a grant are those who provide programs for children at risk or have participating kids needing temporary financial assistance.

Please read the FAQ’s before submitting your application.

Groups that work support children fighting cancer and other children at risk.
No. We provide grants to organizations that work directly with other children at risk.
No. We also provide grants for individual children in families fighting cancer. See the attached link for Individual application – [link]
No. If the child or siblings is involved in a sport or extracurricular activity at an organization, the organization would need to submit the grant on behalf of the child or siblings. If the grant is awarded, the funds would go directly to the organization to pay the fees for the child or siblings.
Yes. In order to support a specific number of groups per year, we cap financial assistance at $1,500 per organization annually.
No. In order to assist the targeted amount groups per year, a group can only apply for one grant annually.
The grants committee of the 12 Oaks Foundation reviews each group application thoroughly, then awards grants to the organizations who meet our established guidelines and present compelling cases. We will award grants to these qualified organizations as our funds permit.
Grants from the 12 Oaks Foundation are made possible by our fundraising events, and the generous contributions of our private donors.

Childrens Oncology Services Inc.


(COSI) believes that a diagnosis of cancer should not prevent a child from experiencing the simple joys of childhood.

Through the magic of childhood experiences, we help kids diagnosed with cancer reclaim their lives. Our programs offer participants:

  • diversion from their illness
  • opportunities for success and control
  • friendship and unconditional acceptance from those who understand
  • information, answers and validation
  • reasons to adopt a positive, “fighting” attitude
  • something to look forward to
  • memories that comfort when times are hard
  • hope for the future

Dr. Edward Baum, a pediatric oncologist at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, founded Children’s Oncology Services, Inc., in 1978. Dr. Baum recognized that the isolation from school, activities and peers was having negative social and developmental consequences for his patients. With the help of friends and colleagues, Dr. Baum created COSI. The first summer, he and 14 volunteers welcomed 40 children with cancer to a life-changing week of hope, strength and support.

Today, COSI continues to be volunteer-driven, relying on more than 350 volunteers (including many former campers) to plan and operate a wide portfolio of camping, recreational and educational programs for children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer. From the popular two-week Summer Camp, which now serves nearly 300 children, to skiing excursions and education programs, COSI is a leader in providing empowering and fun experiences to young people facing cancer. http://www.onestepcamp.org/

Ela Jr. Bears Youth Football:


The Ela Jr. Bears Youth Football was founded in 2013 to provide a safe, fun, and competitive environment for kids to learn the game of football and provide a feeder program for local high school districts. There purpose is to create a proper interest: develop enthusiasm for the sport of football, teaching the fundamentals through practice, competition, and sportsmanship. We encourage participants to maintain high scholastic grades in school and develop a compassionate caring attitude. Players will be expected to always display good sportsmanship like attitudes on and off the field.

To learn more about Ela Jr. Bears Youth Football visit www.elajrbears.com

Camp Kesem

camp-keesumProvides a weeklong summer camp for Chicago area children whose parents have cancer. Camp Kesem provides children affected by a parent’s cancer with a supportive and lifelong camp community that recognizes and understands their unique needs.

To learn more about Camp Kesem visit www.campkesem.org/northwestern

Hoopster Basketball Camp

hoopstersThe Hoopsters Basketball Camp is a camp for boys and girls grades 1-8. It is a unique camp in the sense that it is a non-profit camp offered at no cost to families feeling financial pressure. (However, based on availability, the camp is open to residents of Lake County, Il for a minimal charge.) Hoopsters provides quality basketball training from coaches who have played high school and/or college basketball. The camp offers free water bottles and snacks to the children throughout the day and givaways at the end of camp. Each year entertainment/speakers provide the children with important life lessons and Chicago’s very own “Benny the Bull” finishes the week with picture day for our younger campers.


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