How to Apply
Learn how to access our grant application portal.
How To Apply
The Trust offers various funding opportunities that support our strategic priorities. Click here to learn more about open opportunities.
If grant opportunities are closed, this may mean that the application deadline has passed or that the Trust is currently in a multi-year funding cycle. The Trust often provides multi-year grants because they are a best practice that affords organizations greater stability, allows them to build their capacity and be responsive to new opportunities, and reduces the burden of having to apply annually for funding.
Through GrantCentral, grant seekers are able to manage their grant activities in one easy-to-use, web-based, responsive platform. The system is fast, secure, and user-friendly, with easy accessibility to the Trust’s open funding opportunities and grant-related data.
NOTE: Because this new system launched in February 2022, every user must create a new account whether or not you had an account with us with our previous system. Upon registration, you will gain access to GrantCentral. Moving forward, you will use your new credentials to gain access.
If you are a current grant recipient or grant seeker, see below to access resources for using GrantCentral:
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Instructional Video: How to Use GrantCentral
- How to Access GrantCentral
- How to Submit an Application
- How to Complete an Organization Profile
- How to Submit Community Demographic Information
- How to View Outcomes & Measures of Progress for Current Opportunities
- How to Submit Outcomes & Measures of Progress for Applications
The Trust funds nonprofit agencies with evidence of tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that are not classified as private foundations. We also accept applications from agencies that have a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.
Each grant opportunity will have its own additional criteria for funding.
As a community foundation, the Trust’s grants are awarded to organizations that benefit residents of the Chicago region. There may on occasion be a specific initiative that awards a grant to a project that extends beyond our region, but these are rare and strategic exceptions.
The Trust does not provide discretionary grants to projects or organizations outside of the United States.
Upon submission, all requests for funding, including proposals and any supporting materials, become the sole property of The Chicago Community Trust and will not be returned. The Chicago Community Trust reserves the right to reject any request for funding without explanation.