The Universal Financial Incentives Application must be submitted to request for the following financial incentives from the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development:

Chicago Recovery Plan Community Development (Large Grants) - Applications are currently being accepted for 2023 funding.

Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (Large Grants) - Applications are currently being accepted for 2023 funding.

Tax Increment Financing - Applications are accepted year-round.

Cook County Property Tax Incentives (Classes: 6b, 7a, 7b, 7c, and C) - Applications are accepted year-round.

These incentives are only available to capital projects (real estate development/construction).

Welcome to the Universal Small Grant Application!

The Department of Planning and Development at the City of Chicago's uses the Universal Small Grant Application for grants less than or equal to $250,000.* This application provides a single point of entry and streamlines the grant making process. The Universal Small Grant Application is used for the following programs:

If this is your first time applying via the Universal Small Grant Application, please explore the resources and guides linked above.

* Applications for the Climate Infrastructure Fund may grant awards over $250,000.

As a part of the Chicago Recovery Plan, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Equity and Racial Justice (OERJ), has designed the Community Wealth Building (CWB) Planning & Pre-Development Grants. 

This program will grant up to $150,000 to approximately 20 eligible organizations to execute planning and pre-development activities for a community wealth building project during a twelve-month period (with the opportunity for extension).

The City of Chicago is prioritizing four CWB models: worker cooperatives, limited-equity housing cooperatives, community land trusts, and community investment vehicles in commercial real estate. This grant will support:

  • Commercial real estate projects (e.g. worker cooperatives with brick-and-mortar, community investment vehicles);
  • Residential real estate projects (e.g. limited-equity housing cooperatives, community land trusts, etc.); and
  • Non-real estate projects (e.g. worker cooperatives without brick-and-mortar needs)

The deadline to apply is WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15 at 11:59 P.M. (END OF DAY) CT. For more details on this grant, eligible expenses, and the City's broader Community Wealth Building initiative, visit:

City of Chicago - Dept. of Planning and Development