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.
Search for your project address and see if you are eligible to apply for a Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grant.
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.
During Application Rounds, we host Rollout Sessions at which the Department of Planning and Development and SomerCor staff give a program overview and answer any questions you have. These meetings typically include a Resource Fair which will allow attendees the opportunity to engage in one-on-one conversations with small business lenders and staff from other small business resource providers. We encourage you to send any specific questions to NOF@cityofchicago.org or to reach out to your local City delegate agency.
We are currently accepting applications for grants up to $250,000. The deadline to submit an application for Round 3 of the program is March 5, 2019.
To stay informed on Rollout Sessions, and other general program announcements, you can subscribe for updates by clicking here.
Applications for grants over $250,000 are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. If your application is for a project requesting more than $250,000, you may apply at any time.
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|
|Round 3||January 11, 2019||March 5, 2019|
Contact us for assistance with understanding the program guidelines and application process or with any questions about the program.