Tiana Fund Information
Purpose and Philosophy:
The Tiana Fund program
began in 2008. Serving any resident of
Illinois and other selected areas the program seeks to provide assistance
to persons or families that will strengthen their ability to care for
themselves, enhance their stability and security, and improve their quality of
life or their ability to contribute to the community. Applications may be
submitted by any hospital or trusted source of the Cornerstone Foundation and
their partners. Demonstrated cooperation between entities to address the
problem, dealing with the family’s underlying needs, and a commitment to
provide follow-up afterwards are all elements that improve an application’s
chance of success.
What Needs Are Considered?
seeking to fund items that will address a family’s need and lead to an
improved quality of life over the longer term or assist in reducing or
eliminating suffering are encourage.
family’s efforts to resolve the difficulty and the role of the requesting
organization in providing assistance and services to the family must be
clearly explained in the application. Applications that demonstrate a
collaborative effort to resolve a problem on the part of both the applying
entity and the family over a period of time are more likely to be
frequently relate to a particular hardship situation. Examples have
after disasters such as flood or fire.
related needs not covered by insurance or other assistance
that will contribute to a family member’s ability to be or continue to be
and living expenses (electric, water, gas)
items that will be approved by the committee on a case by case basis.
of the application with the family and their participation in addressing
any underlying concerns is important. All
applications must be accompanied by the signed release of information
before they can be reviewed.
are generally for a one time need. Applications for recurring expenses on
a periodic basis must address how the next cycle of expenses will be met.
This is especially important if costs related to housing are being
requested. One payment in these situations is frequently a patch on a much
greater underlying problem. The program is more interested in addressing
the underlying problem than in providing patches.
repairs of any kind, the normal life of the item will be consideration and
should be stated in the application. The Tiana Fund does not cover car
repairs or gas cards. We would consider assisting with other
bills/expenses to allow for the family to alleviate some stress in other
availability from other programs varies considerably. Eligibility for any
state, county or community programs in a particular area should be checked
before an application is made.Persons that are eligible for government
programs including food stamps and medical assistance should be helped to
apply. The application should show these efforts.
Applications must be complete, all the questions answered! We will no longer accept
applications with blanks!! Typed and on the prescribed form. Persons
completing the application need to state clearly how the proposed items will
help the family, explain the family’s need and the past efforts they have made.
It is important to explain any budgetary
discrepancies, excesses of income over expenses or expenses over income in
relation to the need. When necessary, another sheet, not to exceed one
page, may be attached to more fully explain the circumstances. Applications not
meeting these standards will be returned for further completion and delay the
Applications ARE NOT TO BE FILLED OUT BY THE APPLICANT OR THE FAMILY. The
Tiana Fund as a program, does not have a staff to initiate or direct services
for clients. An intermediary, the
applying organization, who will provide direct contact and follow-up services
with the family is required.
Those placing applications need to be sure
that the completed application is approved and signed by appropriate
supervisory staff and that an accounting for the money can be provided. (i.e.
receipts, invoices or bills) If the
application is turned in without a copy of the bill or the proper
documentation, the application will be returned and slow the process. It is
extremely important that if support for a certain bill is requested, the
information below is included with the initial documentation.
If items are being purchased, two bids should
be submitted with the application to assure that the item costs are reasonable
and being purchased at a competitive cost. Applications where the vendor is
willing to discount the cost will be given higher priority.
check all addresses, if a check is returned we will have to deduct a $25 fee
from the Tiana Fund to cover the cost of the cancel check in order to reissue a
A committee reviews these applications and
makes recommendations. Applications may be approved as submitted, further
information may be requested, specific suggestions to assist the family may be
made, conditions for approval of the request under the Tiana Fund Program may
be stated, or clearly inappropriate applications may be denied. Normally, the
committee is processing applications within 1 month unless there are questions.
Please not this timeline is significantly
changed if ALL information requested is not provided. The committee that
assists with this process has many responsibilities and if the application is
sent in and you do not hear back, we ask that you reach out to confirm the
delivery. We will reach out to you for more questions or notify you if the
application has been approved. While the program accepts applications
throughout the year, it is limited to the funding available at the time the
application is received.
Distribution of Funds:
Payments will be made directly to the vendor. Applications must include a copy of the
request, i.e., the statement or invoice from the physician, utility company,
landlord, mortgage company or store where an item is being purchased.
Every landlord MUST fill out a W-9 and return it with the application before we will cut a check. There will be no exceptions made. Download the W9
Rent payments to landlords will be heavily
scrutinized and may require extra steps to help prevent fraud, management
companies are preferred. We will not issue checks to a landlord if the address
is the same as the Tiana Fund recipient and are more likely to request we pay
other bills to help free up some money for that family.
Applications should be returned via the
website, please do not print off and mail or fax. We will not receive those
Note: If in doubt about an application, you are encouraged to apply unless
the item or items are the responsibility of another agency, the government or
another group offering assistance. Applications for health care items covered
by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance are not likely to be approved. Items
previously purchased, whether on credit or with cash, are not eligible under
Follow this link to fill out the form.