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The Retirement Research Foundation is pleased to announce the 2013 Accessible Faith Grant Program to enable houses of worship to make accessibility improvements to their facilities. The program is available to houses of worship in six metro Chicago counties: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, and McHenry. Since the program began 10 years ago, the Foundation has awarded 141 grants to religious congregations totaling almost $3.1 million to make their facilities more accessible.

Please help us share information about the Accessible Faith Grant Program with leaders of houses of worship, disability rights advocates, and others who may know religious congregations that could benefit from this opportunity. Please announce the Accessible Faith Grant Program through print or electronic newsletters, listservs, or other means available to you. A copy of the flyer announcing the 2013 Accessible Faith Grant Program is attached. You may view it in full color, download and make copies of it. You will find a full description of the program, application form, and tips for completing the application in the Accessible Faith Grant Program section of our website at From the home page, please go to Chicago Area Programs.

We hope that you will help spread the word immediately to give congregations adequate time to submit an application. We will accept applications from March 1 through June 1, 2013. Thank you for helping make others aware of the importance of accessibility improvements and the availability of funding for such efforts.

If you have questions or comments, or you wish to be removed from the Foundation’s mailing list, please contact us at Thank you.