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

NOF does not award grants for the construction or rehabilitation of residential uses, manufacturing uses, industrial uses, social services (including daycare and elder care), or places of worship that do not identify commercial as the primary use of a project. Non-profit organizations are eligible for the NOF grant, but they must be engaged in a retail or commercial activity or providing a cultural asset that is open to the public.

Search for your project address below to 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 program rules and regulations,  requirements for applicants, and the application review and project selection process.

Step 3: Get More Information

Please review applicant support resources, including previously recorded information sessions and upcoming events.

Step 4: Submit an Application

NOF Small Grants

You may take the Project Assessment here to find out if your project is pre-qualified for the NOF Program:



The full application for NOF will be open on Monday, August 16th

The window for full applications will close on Friday, September 24th.

NOF Large Grants

NOF Large Grant applications are currently being accepted. 

The 2022 Round 1 Finalists will be announced in Spring 2022.

Those interested in applying for an NOF Large Grant will need access to Microsoft Excel and Adobe Acrobat Reader

Both the NOF Large Grant Application and Developer Input Form must be submitted to be considered for an NOF Large Grant.  DOWNLOAD AND SAVE BOTH FILES BEFORE COMPLETING AND SUBMITTING THEM: 

NOF Large Grant Application - Submit the NOF Large Grant Application via the 'submit' button in the application.

Developer Input Form  - Read the Instructions tab before entering data into the form.  Email the completed form to with the subject line: [Applicant Contact Name] Developer Input Form.

City of Chicago Construction Compliance Policies

The file size of the submitted application, including attachments, cannot exceed 30MB.  Additional, supporting documentation can be sent to with the subject line: [Applicant Contact Name] Supplemental Documentation.

Please email with questions regarding the NOF Large Grant Application.



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