Chicago Youth Homelessness Program Grants

GRANT FOCUS: Youth Homelessness, Youth Welfare, Safety, Housing
Amount: $10,000 – $300,000
June 3, 2019

“The goal of this Fund is to improve outcomes for young people experiencing housing instability and homelessness by spurring creativity, enabling disruption, and encouraging risk, thereby advancing new opportunities, catalyzing bold solutions and bolstering the momentum of the Chicago Task Force on Homeless Youth and the Youth Advisory Board…

The Fund seeks to foster creative and effective solutions to persistent challenges young people experience in their efforts to attain stable housing, with an eye toward sustaining viable programs through ongoing private funding. Applicants are encouraged to think and plan beyond existing approaches and propose bold ideas that move the goal of housing stability for youth experiencing and at-risk of homelessness forward, faster.

The Fund is designed to be a vehicle for two types of innovation activities: (1) The implementation of promising, but yet-to-be-tested, innovations. (2) The scaling of innovations that have demonstrated ability to substantively shift the way Chicagoans approach housing stability for young people…”

Funder: The Polk Brothers Foundation
Eligibility: “The opportunity is open to organizations that:

  • Have 501(c)(3) designations or fiscal agents with a 501(c)(3) status. Collaborations may include organizations that do not have a 501(c)(3) designation.
  • Provide services to young people, broadly, and young people at-risk of or experiencing
  • Work on other community issues that correlate to, or have significant impact on, the longterm stability and resilience of young people, related to housing stability.
  • Provide the majority of services in Chicago and to Chicago residents.”

Contact: Link. 

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