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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Springboard Foundation Fund Cycle is OPEN!

Do you know of a small nonprofit that provides afterschool programs, that is in start-up mode and doing great work?




Springboard has twin objectives: supporting afterschool programs and building nonprofit organizational capacity.


Springboard funds small nonprofits that provide critical afterschool programs in under-invested neighborhoods in Chicago. Its funding style is like the venture philanthropy model providing general operating support to start-up nonprofits and their intrepid leaders for 5 years. First-year grantees receive general operating fund grants plus capacity building funds.


  • To be eligible for a Springboard grant, first-time applicants must:

  • Be a Chicago-based and/or serving 501(c)3 nonprofit organization

  • Be in operation for five years or less

  • Have an organizational budget of less than $100,000

  • Provide afterschool programs operating sometime Monday through Friday between the hours of 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm during the CPS calendar year (roughly September to June).


All interested prospective grantees should fill out the Prospective Springboard Grantee Survey found on Springboard’s website (see link above). Grant proposals for new grantees are due February 29, 2024.

Apply here!

Compass Pro Bono Consulting Services

Compass Pro Bono provides highly personalized consulting projects to nonprofits by leveraging the skills of local business professionals.  Would you like to receive $75K worth of consulting services for your Chicago nonprofit? The nonprofit application is now open!

Visit their website for more information including info session registration and to access the application.

African American Legacy Fund

African American Legacy (AAL) is a philanthropic initiative led by Black civic and community leaders who share the common goal of improving the quality of life among Black people throughout metropolitan Chicago and as an initiative of The Chicago Community Trust. AAL engages leaders in philanthropy, collectively and individually, and provides support to nonprofit organizations that work at the community level to educate and engage communities, and to provide neighborhood-based services and solutions to address community problems. Grounded in the philosophies of collective giving, community engagement, and grant making, AAL serves as a convener and catalyst to promote significant impact in Black communities through the organizations that it supports.  More information about the AAL can be found here.

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