Illinois Racing Board Charity Fund Program
CSFA Number: 579-00-1627
Agency Name
Illinois Racing Board (579)
Agency Identification
Agency Contact
Short Description
For over 30 years, the Illinois Racing Board Charity Fund Program has provided more than $24
million for medical, dental, family, counseling, and other wellness services (“Wellness Services”) to
persons who reside or work on the backstretch of Illinois’ pari-mutuel race tracks. The State of
Illinois and Illinois Racing Board (“IRB”) is the only racing jurisdiction in the United States that has
this type of program. Specifically, section 31.1 of the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975 (“Racing
Act”) requires organization licensees (a/k/a race tracks) collectively to contribute annually to charity the sum of $750,000 to non-profit organizations that provide Wellness Services to persons who reside or work on the backstretch of Illinois’ pari-mutuel race tracks.
Subject Area
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
230 ILCS 5/31.1 of the Illinois Racing Act of 1975
Objectives and Goals
Objectives and Goals
1. To provide Wellness Services to assist the needs of the persons who reside or work on the
backstretch of Illinois’ pari-mutuel race tracks, which care for the wellbeing of the equine athletes
participating at live race meets.
2. To increase the wellness and quality of life of backstretch residents and workers, the applicant
will provide Wellness Services to increase the overall number of backstretch residents and
workers being treated, while limiting non-treatment expenses.
3. Assist backstretch residents and workers in receiving timely, adequate and necessary Wellness
Services to continue employment on the backstretch with the least amount of inconvenience and
disruption to such persons and Illinois horse racing.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
To be used exclusively for medical and family, counseling, and similar services to persons who reside or work on the backstretch of Illinois' pari-mutuel racetracks.
Eligibility Requirements
Eligible Applicants
Non-profit organizations that provide Wellness Services to persons who reside or work on the backstretch of Illinois’ pari-mutuel race tracks. A statement of the applicant’s charitable purposes and the nature of the activities engaged in by the applicant must be provided. Include a copy of the applicant’s non-profit IRS ruling or a copy of a letter from the Illinois Attorney General’s Charitable Trust Division confirming that the applicant is current in the filing of its financial reports with the Charitable Trusts Division for the most recent fiscal year. Include the Charitable Trust Organization number.
Annually, the IRB awards these funds in the form of a grant to applicants that help address the needs of backstretch residents and workers at Illinois’ pari-mutuel race tracks, including, but not limited to the following:

(1) Medical
(2) Dental
(3) Counseling
(4) Social and other wellness services
(5) Coordination of school services and transportation for the children residing on the backstretch
Eligible Applicants
Nonprofit Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
1. Application guidelines are provided throughout this NOFO. Attachments will be made available in user/printer friendly format and may be found on the IRB website at Please click on the corresponding link. Additional copies may be obtained by contacting the person listed below.
2. Complete Uniform State Grant Applications and IRB Application, Proposal, Budget, and Attachments may be submitted anytime before 4:30pm (CST) on December 4, 2017.
3. Documents must be e-mailed to In the subject line of the e-mail, applicants will need to type the following information:
Organization Name, Funding Opportunity Number, Program Contact Name
For your records, please keep a copy of your e-mail submission with the date and time the application was submitted along with the e-mail address to which it was sent. The IRB considers the time of receipt posted on the e-mail containing the applicant’s complete application filed with the IRB contact person listed below as confirmation of timely submission.
4. If you have trouble e-mailing the document due to the file size, please utilize the File transfer utility located at Please follow the instructions to attach your application.
5. Also, mail or deliver a complete hard copy application with original signatures and all required documents to the below IRB contact person. The mailed copy must be received no later than 4:30pm (CST) on December 6, 2017.
6. If you have any problems e-mailing or sending the complete application via file transfer utility, contact the below IRB contact person.
7. Additional resources are available at:
8. An applicant’s failure to meet the above application filing requirements and deadlines may result in the IRB returning the application without review or if reviewed, may preclude the IRB from making a state award to such applicant.
9. Pre-qualification is required to receive a grant, but applicant may apply for grant awards prior to completing the pre-qualification.
Mickey Ezzo
Illinois Racing Board
100 West Randolph Street, Suite 5-700
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Phone: 312-814-5017

A Notice of State Award (NOSA) will be issued to enable the applicant to make an informed decision to accept the grant award. The NOSA shall include:
a. The terms and condition of the award.
b. Specific conditions assigned to the grantee based on the fiscal and administrative and programmatic risk assessments.

Upon acceptance of the grant award, announcement of the grant award shall be published by the awarding agency to

A written Notice of Denial shall be sent to the applicants not receiving awards.

Post Assistance Requirements
Post assistance requirements shall be incorporated by reference to the 2018 Grant Agreement including but not limited to maintenance and accessibility of records (monitoring), financial reporting requirements, performance reporting requirements, and audit requirements.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975 [230 ILCS 5/31.1]
11 Illinois Administrative Code Part 208

Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2016 : $750,000
FY 2017 : $750,000
FY 2018 : $750,000
FY 2019 : $860,319
FY 2020 : $750,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
Details2018 Grant 31.1$0 - $75000011/22/2017 - 12/04/2017 : 4:30 pm
Details2019 Grant 31.1$0 - $86031908/17/2018 - 10/01/2018 : 4:30 pm
Details2020 Grant 31.1$0 - $75000008/17/2019 - 10/01/2019 : 4:30 pm
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
Racing Industry Charitable Foundation01/01/202012/31/2020750,000