Help us design a post-pandemic world where all youth can thrive.

The Chicago Design Challenge is a multi-year initiative to identify and invest in the city’s most promising innovations designed to accelerate learning recovery and well-being in communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

To preview the Chicago Design Challenge application, please click here.

The challenge will award grants in two phases – planning and execution – and will fuel the design, measurement, and implementation of new approaches to supporting students. Program implementation should begin during the 2021-2022 school year.

The ultimate goal of the challenge is to elevate promising innovations to reach hundreds of thousands of students with the support of public funding over time.

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The challenge will be fueled by a powerful collaborative effort across sectors.

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Funding requirements

A Better Chicago and our partners sought community input to determine the overall scope of the Chicago Design  Challenge. Grants will be made to interventions supporting young people pre-K through high school that meet the following criteria:

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The application window will open on February 26 and close on April 5. We encourage all potential applicants to watch the recording of our informational webinar and visit our FAQ page to learn more.

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The Chicago Design Challenge is generously supported by the following donors:

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