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Grants to Illinois Nonprofits in Eligible Regions
for After-School Programs for Underseved Youth

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Chicago Community Trust - Springboard Foundation

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Illinois nonprofit organizations in eligible regions to provide after-school programs for underserved youth. Funding is intended to increase the stability of new, community-based programs. Past grants have funded capacity expansion, staffing, transportation, and general operation. Funds must be used to benefit the residents of Chicago.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163452

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range in size from $5,000 to $20,000 and are largely dependent on the number of years a program has been a Springboard grantee.

Term of Contract:

A Springboard grant is often part of a multi-year relationship intended to help the grantee enhance its organizational stability.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a Springboard grant, first-time applicants must:
- Be a Chicago-based and/or serving 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
- Be in operation for three years or less
- Have an organizational budget of less than $100,000
- Provide afterschool programs operating sometime Monday through Friday between the hours of 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Generally not funded:
- Scholarships
- Individuals
- Religious proselytizing, programs that have prayers before, during, or after, and programs that do not accept youth of other faiths
- Weekend/summer only programs
- Chicago chapters of larger, national nonprofits
- The sole purpose of writing, publishing, producing or distributing audio, visual or printed material
- The sole purpose of conducting conferences, festivals, exhibitions or meetings
- Reducing operating deficits or liquidating an existing debt

Pre-Application Information:

The current grant cycle is open through February 1, 2021.

Grant Calendar:
- Grant application available in early December
- New and current grantee cohort grant application due in mid-January
- Current cohort site visits late February through early April
- New grantee site visits April through June
- Grant decision letters in July
- Grant awards distributed at the end of September

Organizations that are interested in submitting a proposal for funding consideration should contact Sejal Shah-Myers. As a starting point, an Introduction Email should include answers to the four eligibility requirements in the Additional Eligibility Criteria field above. The Foundation welcomes email inquiries all year long.

Foundation members visit each prospective grant recipient prior to making annual funding decisions. Members individually monitor the impact of each grant and work on an ongoing basis to gauge further funding requirements.

Contact Information:

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

Sejal Shah-Myers:

The Springboard Foundation
222 W. Adams, 11th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606 USA
Phone: 312.447.6553

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Chicago

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