letter of inquiry

Impact Grants Chicago recognizes the valuable work of the many local nonprofit organizations addressing the critical needs and social issues facing Chicago. To support this work, Impact Grants Chicago annually awards $100,000 grants to Chicago nonprofits, providing them the funds to support high-impact projects and programs. We will fund new projects or programs as well as the expansion or continuation of successful projects or programs.

The number of $100,000 grants to be awarded is announced in January of each year based on Impact Grants Chicago’s membership numbers. Each member joins with a $1,000 donation and 100% of these funds are pooled to create $100,000 grants. For every 100 members, one Impact Grant is awarded.

Grant finalists are determined through a detailed process of review and evaluation by member committees. The finalists make presentations at our Grant Awards Celebration in May and the grant recipients are selected by a vote of the entire membership that night. Each member has an equal vote in deciding which nonprofits receive the grants each year.

We recommend that you carefully read through the Eligibility Requirements and Grant Guidelines, Grant Process and Schedule and Grant FAQs sections of the website prior to submitting your Letter of Inquiry. Please remember that you must choose only ONE Focus Area.

Letters of Inquiry for the 2021-22 grant cycle will be accepted beginning on September 20, 2021 and ending on October 29, 2021. The portal will be available by clicking on the Submit a Letter of Inquiry button below.