Apply for the Fund

The Neighborhood Opportunity Fund finances projects in commercial corridors across Chicago's South, Southwest and West Sides.

Step 1: Determine Project Eligibility

Search for your project address below to see if you are eligible to apply for a Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grant.

Step 2: Review Program Guidelines

Review the the program guidelines to learn about the program rules and regulations,  requirements for applicants, and the application review and project selection process.

Step 3: Get More Information

During Application Rounds, we host Information Sessions at which the Department of Planning and Development and SomerCor staff give a program overview and answer any questions you may have. We encourage you to send any specific questions to or to reach out to your local City delegate agency.

Upcoming Information Sessions:

Jan. 8, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Davis Square Park | 4430 S. Marshfield Avenue, Chicago, IL 60609
Offered in English and Spanish

Jan. 9, 2020 | 5:30 –  7:30 p.m. | Chicago Cultural Center - 5th Floor Millennium Park Room | 78 E. Washington, Chicago, IL 60602

Feb. 6, 2020 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Kehrein Center for the Arts | 5628 W. Washington Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60644

Step 4: Submit an Application

The Pre-Screener and Application will open on January 20, 2020 for applications up to $250,000.

Applications for grants more than $250,000 are currently CLOSED.

For applications received for Large Projects prior to November 26, 2019:

You can expect to receive an email with information about the status of your application by December 13, 2019.

Submit an application


Application opening and end dates are:

  Start date End date
Round 4 January 20, 2020 Feburary 29, 2020
Round 3 January 11, 2019 March 5, 2019
Round 2 October 4, 2017 December 22, 2017
Round 1 February 27, 2017  April 21, 2017


Contact us for assistance with understanding the program guidelines and application process or with any questions about the program.