The Chicago Community Trust awards competitive grants three times each year, to organizations making an impact within the following areas. Please click on any icon to learn more about our funding strategy and the types of projects eligible for grants.

Arts & Culture






Non-Profit Sector

Safety & Justice

Sustainable Development

Workforce Development

In addition, The Chicago Community Trust grants fund community leadership in the areas of Economic Development and Human Relations. However, at this time there is no application process for grants in those areas.

Learn more about the Trust's vision for the Chicago region, which shapes these funding priorities, in our grant strategy report http://www.cct.org/sites/cct.org/files/Trust_GrantPriorities2011.pdf


The Trust considers applications from organizations whose work is consistent with its program goals and outcomes. Eligible organizations are:

Nonprofit agencies with evidence of tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or those using a 501(c)(3) fiscal agent.

Located within and/or primarily serving residents of Cook County, except for regional, statewide or national projects or research that may benefit a substantial portion of Cook County residents.

Non-discriminatory in the hiring of staff or in providing services on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.

If your project meets all other criteria for funding, but works outside of Cook County, you may be eligible for support from one of the Trust's geographic affiliates. However, as place-based foundations, the Trust and its affiliates do not award grants outside the six-county Chicago region.

Funding Limitations

The Trust will not make competitive grants for:



Sectarian purposes (programs that promote or require a religious doctrine)

Support of single-disease oriented research, treatment or care

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 existing debt

Exceptions to the above limitations are made only for those donor gifts and endowments that are given with explicit instructions and/or restrictions. Such gifts are personally selected by donors, and therefore not open to requests for support.




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