Sponsorships

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

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

  • Organizations that achieve some alignment with our mission or work
  • Organizations that have operating budgets of $500,000 or less

Sponsorships are not available for:

  • Sports teams
  • Political campaigns
  • Religious activities
  • Events already supported with an existing grant from The Chicago Community Trust

Sponsorship Amounts

Requests up to $25,000 will be considered. However, the average sponsorship award is smaller, generally between $3,000 and $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:

Thursday, October 31, 2019
Approximate announcement date: Friday, November 15, 2019
Expected receipt of grant date: December 20, 2019

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Approximate announcement date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Expected receipt of grant date: February 20, 2020

Friday, February 28, 2020
Approximate announcement date: Monday, March 16, 2020
Expected receipt of grant date: April 20, 2020

Thursday, April 30, 2020
Approximate announcement date: Friday, May 15, 2020
Expected receipt of grant date: June 20, 2020

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Approximate announcement date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Expected receipt of grant date: August 20, 2020

Monday, August 31, 2020
Approximate announcement date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Expected receipt of grant date: October 20, 2020

 

You may submit a request at any time through our online sponsorship application in GrantCentral. If this is your organization’s first time using GrantCentral, you will need to register for a new account in order to submit your sponsorship request. Please submit your request no less than 60 days before your event, to be sure that it can realistically be funded if selected. We strongly recommend applying 90 days in advance when possible.

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

Submit a sponsorship application

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