For-Profit Small Business Grant Request for Proposal

Description of the Grant

WSU intends to distribute $500,000 in grants to West Side for-profit businesses that seek to grow their businesses and strengthen their communities. WSU, JP Morgan Chase, and Northern Trust are providing the funds. Accion Chicago is serving as the fiscal agent for the program. Businesses are eligible to apply for between $1,000 and $30,000. Applications will be accepted September 9, 2019, though October 31, 2019.

How to Apply

Eligible businesses are encouraged to apply for between $1,000 and $30,000 via the online application.  A Spanish version of the application is also available. Paper copies are also available at The Hatchery (135 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60612). Applications will be accepted September 9, 2019, through October 31, 2019.

It is recommended applicants review the application questions (also available in Spanish) prior to completing the application as the application will need to be completed in one sitting.

Information Sessions

WSU is working with local partners to host seven informational sessions for applicants. Please RSVP for the information sessions.

Apply Now!

Applications are due by Thursday, October 31, 2019, at 11:59pm CST.

Applications are available online in English and Spanish.

More information about the grant opportunity can also be found by downloading the following:

If you have any questions related to this opportunity please feel free to email the West Side United staff at info@westsideunited.org.

Technical Assistance

The following community based organizations have volunteered to provide West Side United grant applicants assistance completing the application and ongoing technical support. Please visit the organizations websites to learn more about the specific services offered.

Accion

135 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60612
Call: (312) 275-3000
Email: info@accionchicago.org
Visit: https://us.accion.org/region/illinois-northwest-indiana/

Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

121 N. LaSalle St, 8th Floor, Chicago, IL 60602
Call: (312) 744-6060
Email: BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org
Visit: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/bacp.html

Economic Strategies Development Corporation Pilsen

1843 S Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60608
Call: (312) 733-2287
Visit: https://www.esdcpilsen.org

Little Village Chamber of Commerce

4215 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60624
Call: (773)-948-8989
Visit: http://www.gpcommunitycouncil.org

North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council

3610 W 26th St, Chicago, IL 60623
Call: (773) 521-5387
Email: info@littlevillagechamber.org
Visit: http://littlevillagechamber.org

North West Side Housing Center

3936 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60624
Call: (773) 826-1356
Visit: https://nlcccplanning.org

Puerto Rican Cultural Center

5233 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL
60639 Call: (773) 283-3888
Visit: https://www.nwshc.org

West Side Forward

2700 W Haddon Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Call: (773) 394-4935
Visit: https://prcc-chgo.org

Women’s Business Development Center

1140 N Lamon Ave, Chicago, IL 60651
Call: (773) 473-7870
Visit: https://www.westsideforward.org