The Neighborhood Opportunity Fund will open for a new application round on Monday, Sept. 14. Grants of up to $250,000 are available to entrepreneurs and nonprofit groups across the South and West sides. Applications are due Friday, Nov. 6.

Entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their business on the South, West and Southwest side can find more information to prepare their application on the program’s website at

The Chicago Department of Planning & Development will host two informational webinars next week to help applicants prepare for the application process, one in English and one in Spanish. Registration information is below:

Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Info Session (Spanish) 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug 26 | REGISTER – NOF Information Session (Spanish)

Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Info Session (English) 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27   | REGISTER – NOF Information Session (English)

The events will also be broadcast on DPD’s YouTube page, however, advance registration on Zoom is recommended. Questions can be directed to