Grant Making in Chicago
The 2023-24 YLF cycle will begin in October. If you are interested in getting involved, please fill out this form.
About the Fund
Over the past 25 years, the Young Leaders Fund (YLF) has awarded more than $1 million in grants to more than 260 small, start-up nonprofits serving neighborhoods across the city. From band classes for students in East Garfield Park, to launching a women’s culinary workforce development program at the Cook County Correctional Center, to upgrading computers for an after-school program in West Woodlawn, YLF has paved the way for small nonprofits to take their work to the next level.
YLF focuses its grants on small, start-up nonprofits with operating budgets of less than $250,000. Our three focus areas are Arts & Culture, Child Development & Education, and Community & Economic Development.
YLF grants are invite-only, and we’re always looking for organizations to invite to our next grant application cycle. If you have recommendations of small local nonprofits doing incredible work for us to connect with, please complete the form linked below.
2022 Grant Recipients
|Morgan Olenski, Co-Chair||Liz Miller, Co-Chair|
|Romir Argawal||Jack Kim|
|Michael Blakeslee||Mateo Koster|
|Meg Boucher||Jacque Stefanic|
|Lauren Clark||Aswini Velivela|
|Sanchi Gupta||Alexandria Walker|
|Shivani Jindal||Caroline Wegener|
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