Sponsorships are available for programming events, such as meetings, panels, forums and conferences. We also provide sponsorships for fundraising events, such as galas and walk-a-thons, on a limited basis. To be considered for funding, an event must be produced by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in the Chicago region.   

 Preference for sponsorships will be given, but not limited to:   

  • Organizations that achieve alignment with our mission or work. To view our new strategic direction, please visit: https://www.cct.org/about/strategic-plan/. 
  • Organizations that have $1,000,000 or less in annual revenue.  
  • Organizations that have not received a discretionary grant from The Chicago Community Trust during the last 12 months. 

 Sponsorships are not available for:   

  • Sports teams   
  • Political campaigns   
  • Religious activities   
  • Events already sponsored with an existing Trust grant  

 Sponsorships are limited to one award per organization in any 12-month period. All requests are subject to the availability of resources.  

 Sponsorship Amounts:   

 Requests up to $10,000 will be considered. The average sponsorship award is $5,000. 

 How to Apply:   

Sponsorship requests will be reviewed on a bi-monthly basis. The submission deadline for each bi-monthly review and decision will be:  

Submission Deadline    Approximate Announcement Date    Expected Receipt of Grant Date    
October 30  December 2    December 18 
January 8    February 5  February 19 
February 26  March 26    April 20 
April 30  May 28  June 18  
June 30  July 30    August 20 
August 31  September 24  October 20 


You may submit a request at any time through our online application system in GrantCentral. Please submit your request no less than 60 days before your event to ensure it can realistically be funded if selected. 

We strongly recommend applying 90 days in advance when possible.  

If you have any questions about GrantCentral, you can contact grants@cct.org.