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Grants of up to $5,000 to Illinois and Indiana nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to strengthen operations. Funding is intended for projects and activities that are beyond the organization's regular, ongoing work, with the goal of building and expanding internal capacity. Eligible applicants promote social change and are rooted in communities in the Chicago metropolitan area, including Northwestern Indiana, which is defined as the area between the state border and Gary, Indiana.

Examples of projects funded through the TA Fund:

  • Purchasing, upgrading, or training for technology;
  • Attending skills-building training for board and/or staff;
  • Organizing or attending conferences;
  • Paying a membership fee for a resource organization;
  • Hiring a consultant or facilitator for evaluation, planning or a retreat.

Crossroads supports many different forms of social change organizing, such as (but not limited to):

  • Direct Action Organizing;
  • Public Policy Advocacy;
  • Art & Cultural work that is community-based and linked to activism;
  • Economic Development;
  • International Solidarity;
  • Action Research as an organizing strategy to identify, document and analyze information, in partnership with a community group;
  • Media Advocacy that promotes greater public understanding of critical issues and increasing organizing outreach efforts;
  • Social Services linked with Activism;
  • Leadership Development and Training;
  • Providing Resources for Local Activists;
  • Working Collaboratively Across Issues and Communities;
  • Gatherings and Conferences.

Priority is given to organizations that are:

  • Collaborative or working in alliance with other progressive groups as a way to build multiple strategies for bringing social change;
  • Risk-taking by doing work that may be controversial, marginalized, and/or new and emerging;
  • Strategic and working with a long-term vision which clearly links to current plans;
  • Achieving concrete success which has positively impacted the community;
  • Raise money from multiple sources throughout the community, such as foundations, businesses, individuals, special events, and income generating projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 201014

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant in this program is $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Priority is given to organizations that have been funded by Crossroads Fund in the last two years.

Crossroads Fund supports non-profit organizations, including those that do not have 501(c)3 status. Fiscal sponsorship for those organizations without tax-exempt status is recommended but not required. If a fiscal sponsor is not used, an organizational bank account is required.

All applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for funding:
- Working for Social Change: Crossroads Fund supports organizations working to examine and challenge the underlying causes of injustice affecting their communities. They seek to change the conditions, institutions, and policies that create and maintain inequality and oppression.
- Cross-Issue Organizing: Crossroads Fund grantees work with an understanding of the connectedness among the various people and issues that make up the whole community.
- Grassroots Leadership: Crossroads Fund supports groups that involve the people who are directly affected by an issue at all levels of the organization - in planning, organizing and leading, and working to continue building leadership within the grassroots community.
- Solid Plan: Crossroads Fund funds groups whose work is driven by the following: a clear purpose with well-planned goals, objectives, activities and a tool to measure outcomes and impact; a timeline and budget that reflects the proposed objectives and activities; a realistic fundraising plan.
- Budget: Groups with previous year annual expenses under $500,000.

To comply with IRS regulations, Crossroads Fund cannot:
- Fund organizations involved in electoral campaigns;
- Contribute substantially to support lobbying at the federal, state, or local levels; or
- Support private, in contrast to public, interest.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is September 26, 2022.

Funding criteria:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

If you have any questions on the system, or on the application process in general, please email Joanna Preston at or call 773-227-7676.

Crossroads Fund
3411 W. Diversey Ave. #20
Chicago, Il 60647

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Chicago metropolitan area;   Indiana: Northwestern Indiana

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