Nonprofit Grant Request for Proposal

Description of the Grant

WSU intends to distribute $225,000 in grants to West Side 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations that are positively impacting their neighborhoods. The intent of this request for proposal is to leverage and support existing nonprofits on the West Side and complement West Side United’s existing initiatives addressing inequality in healthcare, education, economic vitality and the physical environment.

How to Apply

Eligible nonprofits are encouraged to apply for up to $40,000 via the online application. A Spanish version of  the application is also available. Applications will be accepted September 9, 2019, through October 18, 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 three informational sessions for applicants. Please RSVP for the information sessions.

Apply Now!

Applications are due by Friday, October 18, 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

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.


135 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60612
Call: (312) 275-3000

Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

121 N. LaSalle St, 8th Floor, Chicago, IL 60602
Call: (312) 744-6060

Economic Strategies Development Corporation Pilsen

1843 S Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60608
Call: (312) 733-2287

Little Village Chamber of Commerce

4215 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60624
Call: (773)-948-8989

North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council

3610 W 26th St, Chicago, IL 60623
Call: (773) 521-5387

North West Side Housing Center

3936 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60624
Call: (773) 826-1356

Puerto Rican Cultural Center

5233 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL
60639 Call: (773) 283-3888

West Side Forward

2700 W Haddon Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Call: (773) 394-4935

Women’s Business Development Center

1140 N Lamon Ave, Chicago, IL 60651
Call: (773) 473-7870