Apply for the Fund

The Neighborhood Opportunity Fund finances projects in commercial corridors across Chicago's South, Southwest and West Sides.

Step 1: Determine Project Eligibility

Ready to apply? Start your application below by seeing if you qualify.

Search for your project address and see if you are eligible to apply for a Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grant.

Step 2: Review Program Guidelines

Review the the program guidelines to learn about the rules, regulations, and requirements for applicants, as well as an overview of the application review and project selection process.

Step 3: Get More Information

During Application Rounds, we host Rollout Sessions at which the Department of Planning and Development and SomerCor staff give a program overview and answer any questions you have. These meetings typically include a Resource Fair which will allow attendees the opportunity to engage in one-on-one conversations with small business lenders and staff from other small business resource providers. We encourage you to send any specific questions to or to reach out to your local City delegate agency.

Step 4: Submit an Application

We are currently accepting applications for grants up to $250,000. The deadline to submit an application for Round 3 of the program is March 5, 2019.

To stay informed on Rollout Sessions, and other general program announcements, you can subscribe for updates by clicking here.

Applications for grants over $250,000 are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. If your application is for a project requesting more than $250,000, you may apply at any time.

Download the application in English

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Application opening and end dates are:

Start date End date
Round 1 February 27, 2017 April 21, 2017
Round 2 October 4, 2017 December 22, 2017
Round 3 January 11, 2019 March 5, 2019


Contact us for assistance with understanding the program guidelines and application process or with any questions about the program.