Application Process

Impact100 Chicago awards grants to nonprofits in our communities in the focus areas of Arts & Culture, Education, Family, Health & Wellness, and Environment. Applicants may apply for grant funding of at least $100,000 in a focus area that supports their mission, programs, or services. Applying for a grant starts with a Letter of Inquiry. You must read and comply with our eligibility criteria before proceeding.

Important Dates
Announcing the 2022 Grant Finalists!
The three finalists nominated for this year’s grant cycle Impact award are The Cancer Support Center in Homewood, Youth Conservations Corps in Waukegan, and Youth Crossroads, Berwyn.
Focus Areas

Arts & Culture

Cultural programs, participation in the arts, arts education


Educational opportunities for children and/or adults, especially those that address lingering educational disparities affecting our communities


Strengthening and enhancing the lives of children and families, including seniors

Health & Wellness

Improvement of people’s mental and/or physical well-being.


Conservation and preservation of natural resources; environmental justice; parks and recreation; agricultural sustainability; environmental education and climate action.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Defined as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Operate and be headquartered in the greater Chicagoland area, outside the boundaries of the city of Chicago. Included counties are: Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will County in the State of Illinois.
  • Be in operation as a 501(c)(3) public charity for a minimum of 36 months prior to applying for the grant.
Grant FAQs
  • Can we submit a proposal for more or less than the full $100,000 Impact Grant amount?
  • We are a national organization but have a local office providing services in the Chicago area. Can we receive funding from Impact 100 Chicago for our Chicago operations?
  • Our project could be submitted under more than one of the focus area descriptions. Can you suggest which one may give us the greatest advantage?