A Better Chicago provides growth capital and capacity-building support to a portfolio of grantees that are creating high-quality educational opportunities for students along the path from kindergarten through college.


Venture Fund

Through our Venture Fund, we invest in promising early-stage models and high-performing organizations that are new to the Chicago region. A Better Chicago welcomes applicants that are already operating locally and those that are considering launching in the Chicago region.

Growth Fund

Through our Growth Fund, we invest in established organizations with a track record of success in the Chicago region.



A Better Chicago uses a rigorous, multi-step due diligence process to select grantees. To be considered for investment, the first step is to complete this application. We will provide an update on the status of your application within two months of submission.

Organization Overview
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Program and Impact
Please describe the program model, including how it has evolved over time. Limit to 2000 characters (approximately 300 words)
Please describe the population served, including ages/grades served, any demographic breakdowns and eligibility criteria (if relevant). Limit to 1000 characters (approximately 150 words)
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Please describe the intended outcomes
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Current budget*
Financials, last three years (or any available)*
Current number of students served *
Number of students served, last three years (or any available): *
Number of students served, projected: *
Contact Information
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