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.

A Better Chicago portfolio organizations are playing a critical role in empowering Chicago youth to thrive. We use a multi-step process to select these outstanding organizations.

We invest in nonprofit organizations and initiatives at different stages of development that are focused on creating opportunity for Black and Latinx youth from low-income backgrounds. Our core investment areas currently include education (early childhood through post-secondary), careers (through middle skill and high school diploma pathways), social-emotional development, trauma-informed mental health, and essential needs.

Note: Currently, we are not soliciting applications; however, you can submit an interest form to share information about your organization or initiative. Given our team’s limited capacity, interest forms will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  

For general questions about our application process, please email