Grantee Support


Technical Assistance Providers

Funding awarded through the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) provides a critical financial contribution to small business projects in the form of equity, but funding alone is often insufficient to get projects off the ground. To support NOF grantees, we provide a list of approved, professional technical assistance (TA) providers in three categories – architects, construction project managers, and project lending coaches – whose expertise can help grantees address common pain points. 

NOF offers additional funding to NOF Small Grantees (Grants of $250,000 or less*) for technical assistance through architects, construction project managers, and project lending coaches. Below is a break-down of each service, including the funding available and the current list of approved providers.

* Please note that total NOF funding for Small Grants (including NOF funding for an Approved TA Provider) can never exceed $250,000 as a grant of greater than $250,000 would be required to go to City Council and be subject to additional construction requirements. Therefore, if a grantee is receiving the full NOF Small Grants maximum of $250,000, they are currently ineligible for this additional support but can still contact the list of Approved TA Providers to engage their services on their own as needed.

Note: The City does not recommend or endorse any one Approved Technical Assistance Provider ("Approved TA Provider"), and, ultimately, NOF Grantees will select the Approved TA Provider and develop a scope of work with them.

Architect

Purpose: Architect will provide NOF Grantees with comprehensive construction management support.

Fees: Capped at 20% of the approved NOF grant amount or $25,000, whichever is less. Fees must be justified based on hourly rates and tied to identified milestones within the scope of work. The maximum for all TA work is 20% of the approved NOF grant amount or $25,000, whichever is less.

Approved list:

Aria Group Architects
Beehyyve, L3C
Blender Architecture LLC
Brininstool + Lynch
Burhani Design, Inc.
Canopy / architecture + design
Civic Projects Architecture
d+k
Dearborn Architects
DesignBridge, Ltd.
fc STUDIO inc
Forma Architecture Ltd.
Future Firm
HPZS
Latent Design
Morris Architects Planners
Moss Design, Inc
Perkins and Will
Senga Architects Inc.
solquest design unlimited
Team A, LTD
Via Chicago Architects + Diseñadores
Wyzendale

Construction Project Manager

Purpose: The Construction Project Manager will provide NOF Grantees with comprehensive construction management support.

Fees: Capped at 20% of the approved NOF grant amount or $25,000, whichever is less. Fees must be justified based on hourly rates and tied to identified milestones within the scope of work. The maximum for all TA work is 20% of the approved NOF grant amount or $25,000, whichever is less.

Approved list:

Architechnician CPM
baso
Chatham Business Association and Austin African-American Business Networking Association
Cullen Construction Management
Far South Contractors
Genesis Construction
IFF
P3 Markets
Reconstruction Technology Partners/Safer Foundation
Sustainable Options for Urban Living
Urban Sustainable Development Group

Project Lending Coach

Purpose: The Project Lending Coach can assist NOF Grantees with coaching and preparation for loan applications as well as support other efforts to secure funding for their project.

Fees: Determined by loan size, recognizing that smaller loans are often more difficult to secure. For loans from $0-50,000, fees will be capped at 20% of the final loan amount. For loans over $50,001, fees will be capped at 15% of the loan amount or $15,000, whichever is less. Fees must be justified based on hourly rates and tied to identified milestones within the scope of work. The maximum for all TA work is 20% of the approved NOF grant amount or $25,000, whichever is less.

Approved list

Allies for Community Business
Y BANK
Financial Strategists
Greater Chatham Initiative
InUrban Strategies
Kathleen Robbins
RER Solutions Group
Superior Business Lending
Women's Business Development Center

NOF Concierge

Grantees are invited to work with dedicated NOF concierge project managers for guidance with city requirements and for inter-departmental coordination for building permits, scofflaw, business licenses and or inspections.

If you are an NOF grantee in need of additional assistance, please email us at NOF@cityofchicago.org.