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

Recorded Sessions

NOF Info Session (Spanish)
3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug 26
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NOF Info Session (English)
12:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27 
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We encourage you to send any specific questions to or to reach out to your local City delegate agency. 

Step 4: Submit an Application

Applications for the NOF Small Grant are due Friday, Nov 6 by 10pm Central Standard Time (CST). Click on the link below to get started.

Apply for NOF Small Grant

Please email ( if you are interested in an NOF Large Grant.  Although we are currently accepting applications for NOF Large Grants, no decisions or awards will be made until 2021.


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