2020 Women’s Board Grants

Thank you for your interest in the Women’s Board of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s 2019-2020 Grants Initiative. Since its establishment in 1946, the Women’s Board of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital has steadfastly supported the work of hospital staff and physicians through its fundraising and advocacy efforts. Over the years, the Women’s Board has raised more than $18 million through a variety of fundraising and community activities.

In 2011, the Women’s Board launched its Grants Initiative and has since awarded more than $350,000 to support innovative clinical, research and patient service projects at Lake Forest Hospital.

For its 2019-2020 Grants Initiative, the Women’s Board invites families throughout the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff communities to invest in this program. The Women’s Board expects to raise $50,000 to $100,000 through this effort.

The Women’s Board seeks proposals for innovative programs, research initiatives and/or new patient services that will support patient care and foster professional excellence at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital. Project budgets can range from $5,000 to $25,000. Awards will be issued beginning in September 2020 for fiscal year 2021.

Applications will be accepted from Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital clinical department employees and Northwestern Medicine physicians with programs at Lake Forest Hospital. Grant requests must directly impact patient care at Lake Forest Hospital. Please note the revised, simplified application process as detailed below.

Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2020, electronically to Karin Mohar at kmohar@nm.org. Please note that hard copy, incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.

Application Format


Applicants should submit a Project Endorsement Form and one-page project summary (not to exceed 500 words) including the following key information:

  • Project title, author, department and contact information, including preferred phone number and email address
  • Clear statement about the project’s impact on institutional goals
  • Key statistical and/or published evidence of the need being addressed
  • The project scope, desired outcomes and population to be addressed
  • Project timeline (must not exceed 12 months)
  • Staff requirements
  • High-level budget (please note that the Grants Initiative will not cover indirect costs; but will provide salary support if essential for advancing project)
  • A list of any current or pending funding for the project

Selection Process


The Grants Selection Committee will include seven to ten members of the Women’s Board. Karen Mahnke, Lake Forest Hospital Director of Operations and Associate Chief Nurse Executive, and Lake Forest Hospital Medical Director, Michael Bauer, MD, will serve as Clinical Advisors to the Grants Committee. The selection process will consist of two rounds:

  • Round 1 – The Committee will review all proposals and narrow the field to several outstanding projects.
  • Round 2 – Those selected in the first round will be invited to present to the selection committee in person on or about April 15, 2020. Guidelines for Round 2 presentations will be shared in advance. The final selection decisions will be made immediately following the presentations.

Additional Details


All changes in scope, budget and personnel must be submitted by email to Karin Mohar at kmohar@nm.org for pre-approval.


A brief, final stewardship report (one to two pages written in plain, lay terms) must be submitted by email to Karin Mohar at kmohar@nm.org by December 31, 2020.


Publications resulting from this work are to acknowledge the support of the Women’s Board of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. A copy of the publication should be sent to Karin Mohar at kmohar@nm.org.