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APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR: Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards - Due Jan 23

Recognizing outstanding achievement in neighborhood real estate development, community engagement, neighborhood planning, creative placemaking and building stronger and healthier communities.

Click here to apply:https://www.lisc-cnda.org/awards

 




Do you know of a nonprofit, that is in start-up mode and doing great work? SEND THEM TO SPRINGBOARD FOUNDATION FUND!

Springboard Summary

Springboard has twin objectives: supporting afterschool programs and building nonprofit organizational capacity.

They fund small nonprofits that provide critical afterschool programs in under-invested neighborhoods in Chicago. Their funding style is like the venture philanthropy model providing general operating support to start-up nonprofits and their intrepid leaders for 5 years. First year grantees receive general operating fund grants plus capacity building funds.

Criteria

Historically the grantees that fit the best meet the following:

  • Provides afterschool programs in place-based settings OR working with schools and other organizations in Chicago serving young Chicagoans (Note: Springboard is looking to fund youth development organizations located in Chicago. Most of the programming should be youth focused, afterschool, and based in Chicago. Springboard is not looking to fund a part/program of a larger organization).

  • Conducts programming (approximately) sometime M-F between 3-6pm during the CPS school year. Programs only providing weekends or summer school don't work for Springboard.

  • Provides almost any kind of afterschool enrichment: tutoring, mentoring, homework-helping, arts & culture, literacy, STEM, STEAM(!), sports, design, cooking and any others.

  • Is newish, about 3 years old (funded newer, and they look at organizations up to 5 years old given COVID).

  • Is smallish, usually under $100K in annual budget.

  • Has dedicated, competent leaders (of all backgrounds) that can handle a site visit of up to 5 people.

  • Has programming in place by Spring 2024 for site visits. (Note: if organization leaders cannot organize a site visit of the program with students, the organization may be too new to apply to Springboard)

    Next Steps

    Does this seem like a good fit? All interested prospective grantees should fill out the Prospective Springboard Grantee survey here: https://forms.office.com/r/A1r7ddK3az. Based on survey results, they'll schedule a phone conversation to discuss whether this cycle is the right time to move forward with a proposal. Grant proposals for new grantees are due February 29, 2024.