Crossroads Fund supports community organizations working on issues of racial, social and economic justice in the Chicago area. A public foundation, Crossroads Fund pools the resources of individuals, foundations and businesses, building a broad base of support for grassroots organizations for social change.

Crossroads Fund supports grassroots groups working for social and economic justice in the greater Chicago metropolitan area (including Northwest Indiana). We prioritize proposals from historically marginalized communities, and we look for work that is collaborative, risk taking, and strategic.  For more info about our grantmaking, see our funding criteria and priorities, as well as the pages for our grantmaking programs:

  • Seed Fund
  • Technical Assistance Fund
  • Emergency Fund
  • Youth Fund


We fund groups with budgets under $300,000, and look for organizations with diverse funding sources.


Crossroads Fund supports non-profit organizations, including those that do not have 501(c)3 status. Fiscal sponsorship for those organizations without tax-exempt status is recommended but not required. If a fiscal sponsor is not used, an organizational bank account is required.

To comply with IRS regulations, Crossroads Fund cannot:

  • fund organizations involved in electoral campaigns;
  • contribute substantially to support lobbying at the federal, state, or local levels; or
  • support private, in contrast to public, interest


The application deadline varies from year to year, but generally falls in the fall or winter.




Crossroads Fund

3411 W. Diversey #20

Chicago, IL 60647

T 773.227.7676

F 773.227.7790