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.

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).

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

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

Garfield Park Community Council

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

Little Village Chamber of Commerce

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

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

Women’s Business Development Center

8 S Michigan Ave #400, Chicago, IL 60603
Call: (312) 853-3477