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Chicago Board of Trade Foundation (CBOT) Grants

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits for Projects
to Benefit Local Communities

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Chicago Board of Trade Foundation (CBOT)

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Grants to Illinois nonprofit organizations for projects to benefit local communities in eligible locations. Areas of interest include education, children in need, seniors, social and human services, and wildlife. Funding requests will be considered based on the experience of the organization, services and programs offered, measurable impact, population served, visibility opportunities, financial status, quality of management and management practices, and other corporate support. Funding is intended to benefit the Chicago area.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 133098

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

• All organizations requesting support must be tax-exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
• Organizations must demonstrate that they do not restrict services or discriminate in any form on the basis of race, religion, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.
• The organization has significant interest in the following areas: Youth, education, seniors, wildlife, social and human services.
• Be administered in and dedicated to the benefit of the Chicago area.
• Not be one that contributes funds to ancillary organizations.

The CBOT Foundation generally does not fund the following:
• Organizations without tax-exempt status
• Exclusionary organizations
• Private foundations
• Operating or capital expenses
• Individuals
• Political candidates and lobbying organizations
• Religious, fraternal, social or other membership organizations providing services to their own constituencies
• Memorials, endowments or multi-year pledges
• Fundraising efforts to benefit other organizations
• Fundraising activities related to individual sponsorships (e.g., walk-athons, marathons)
• Special events such as conferences, symposia and sports tournaments
• Athletic teams
​• Video/film production

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline is May 15, 2021.

Please email the Foundation once you submit your application via the online portal to confirm receipt.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Completed applications should be sent to:
CBOT Foundation
Dawn Andersen
c/o Henning & Carey
141 W. Jackson Suite 1404
Chicago, IL 60604


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