Apply for the Fund

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

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

Step 1: Determine Project Eligibility

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

Step 2: Review Program Rules

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

Applicants are encouraged to attend a Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Rollout Session at which the Department of Planning and Development and SomerCor staff will give a program overview and answer any questions you have. These meetings will also include a Resource Fair which will allow attendees the opportunity to engage in one-on-one conversations with small business lenders and staff from the City’s Department of Buildings and Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.

Thursday, November 2nd from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Kroc Center
1250 W. 119th St., Chicago, Illinois 60643
Friday, November 3rd from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Little Village Lawndale High School
3120 S. Kostner Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60623

If you can’t make this meeting, don’t worry - applicants with any questions can also reach out to City staff that is ready to help. Just send an email with your questions to!

Step 4: Submit an Application

Applications for Neighborhood Opportunity Fund are currently being accepted.

To be considered for Neighborhood Opportunity Fund assistance, please complete and submit an application by the December 22, 2017 deadline.

Download application

Download application in Spanish


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


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