Grantee Application

A Better Chicago invests growth capital and capacity-building support in both established programs with a track record of success and promising early-stage models.

We use a rigorous, multi-step due diligence process to select grantees.

We welcome applications from organizations that are already operating in the Chicago region and those that are considering launching here. To be considered, 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

Focus Areas *

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Geography Served *

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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)

Age of Students Served *

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Please describe the intended outcomes

Metrics tracked annually *

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Please describe the results

Please list and describe any external studies


Executive Director *


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

If different than the executive director listed above, who should we contact with regard to this application?