All open grant opportunities through The Chicago Community Trust will be developed in the months ahead and shared here.
Current Funding Opportunities
|Open Call for Ideas – Advocating for Policy Change||We want to hear your ideas for advancing a public policy that would support wealth-building in Black and Latinx communities.|
|Open Call for Ideas – Catalyzing Neighborhood Investment||Calling all innovators: Share your ideas for bringing more financial capital to disinvested communities.|
|Flexible Funding Program – Catalyzing Neighborhood Investment||Flexible grants to help community-based groups grow their ability to attract neighborhood investment capital.|
|Pre-Development Fund – Catalyzing Neighborhood Development||For real estate developers working in Black and Latinx neighborhoods at a crucial project stage: pre-development.|
|Sponsorships||Sponsorships are available for programming events, such as meetings, panels, forums and conferences. We also consider fundraising events, such as galas and walk-a-thons, on a limited basis.|
|African American Legacy – Affinity Fund||AAL is now accepting applications for the 2022 grant cycle to Black community organizations.|
|Asian Giving Circle – Affinity Fund||AGC is now accepting applications for projects dedicated to community organizing, civic engagement, and healing in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.|
Partnerships & Initiatives
In addition to our own discretionary grants, the Trust has also created many special initiatives and partnerships that retain their unique identity through independent grant making.
Click here to learn more about our Partnerships & Initiatives.
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 funding to projects or organizations outside of the United States.