Grant Process and Schedule

Impact 100 Chicago’s grant cycle occurs only one time per year. Our online grant application system is typically open in the fall of each year with the Letters of Inquiry due in mid-November. Impact 100 Chicago’s grant cycle includes a four-step grant application process:


  • Applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) through our online grant application system before the deadline set annually by Impact 100 Chicago. The online grant application system will open on October 2, 2017. The deadline for submitting for the 2017/18 grant cycle is November 17, 2017.
  • Organizations are allowed to submit only one application per year and must select a focus area when completing the LOI to verify they fit within our funding criteria. It should be noted that within the letter of Inquiry, you will be required to complete and attach the following document, which is only available on our website: Project Budget Spreadsheet-Letter of Inquiry.
  • Impact 100 Chicago will acknowledge each LOI received. Members join grant and financial review committees (“member committees”) to analyze all submitted LOI’s. Please review the Focus Area Descriptions and Eligibility Requirements for more information.
  • Following the review of the LOIs, Impact 100 Chicago will select certain applicants to submit a full grant application.

In order to assist you in considering your submission of an LOI, we have prepared a list of questions for your perusal. Click here to see the list: Information to Consider in Completing a Letter of Inquiry.

Letters of Inquiry for the 2017/18 Impact 100 Chicago grant cycle are no longer being accepted. Please check back in September 2018 for any updates to our eligibility guidelines and details for the 2018/19 grant cycle.  Thank you.


  • Applicants will be notified as to whether or not they have been selected to complete the full grant application. The 2017 applicants will be notified near the end of January 2018.
  • Impact 100 Chicago will provide the form to complete this application and will set a due date. Please note that in addition to the application, you will be required to download and complete the following Excel spreadsheet, which is only available on our website: Project Budget Spreadsheet-Full Grant Application.
  • Full grant applications will be due in mid-February 2018.
  • Impact 100 Chicago will acknowledge each full grant application received.
  • The member committees will review the full grant applications and, following the review, semi-finalists will be notified that they have been selected for site visits.

For your reference, we have prepared a list of questions to consider in completing the Full Grant Application. Click here to see the list: Full Grant Application Questions


  • Site visit dates will be scheduled for site visits for each of the semi-finalists. The objective of the site visit is to complete a general due diligence review and to investigate and resolve any final questions. Site visits require approximately 60-90 minutes of dedicated time and should include participation of the Executive Director and Project Manager.
  • Following the site visits, the member committees of Impact 100 Chicago will select their finalists.


  • Finalists will be announced in the spring of each grant year, at which time they will receive guidelines for making presentations at the annual Grant Award Celebration. This grant cycle, all finalists will be notified in early May, 2018. A public announcement will be made in mid-May.
  • Impact 100 Chicago members will vote to select the $100,000 Impact Grant recipients at the event. The voting results will be tabulated and the grant award recipients will be announced at the event.
  • The Grant Award Celebration will take place in early June, 2018.

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