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.
WSU is working with local partners to host seven informational sessions for applicants. Please RSVP for the information sessions.
An information session hosted by ESDC Pilsen on September 17, 2019, about grant opportunities for small businesses on the West Side can be viewed below. This program was recorded by Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV).
Applications are due by Thursday, October 31, 2019, at 11:59pm CST.
More information about the grant opportunity can also be found by downloading the following:
- Grant informational flier
- Grant application questions
- Frequently asked questions
If you have any questions related to this opportunity please feel free to email the West Side United staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Economic Strategies Development Corporation Pilsen
1843 S Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60608
Call: (312) 733-2287
Garfield Park Community Council
4215 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60624
Call: (773) 948-8989
Little Village Chamber of Commerce
North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council
3936 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60624
Call: (773) 826-1356
North West Side Housing Center
5233 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL
60639 Call: (773) 283-3888
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
2546 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
Call: (773) 394-4935
West Side Forward
1140 N Lamon Ave, Chicago, IL 60651
Call: (773) 473-7870