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

During Application Rounds, we host Information Sessions at which the Department of Planning and Development and SomerCor staff give a program overview and answer any questions you may have. We encourage you to send any specific questions to or to reach out to your local City delegate agency. 

Step 4: Submit an Application

The NOF grant application is now closed.  The next round of funding will open in July 2020.


Application opening and end dates are:

  Start date End date
Round 4 January 20, 2020 Feburary 29, 2020
Round 3 January 11, 2019 March 5, 2019
Round 2 October 4, 2017 December 22, 2017
Round 1 February 27, 2017  April 21, 2017


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