How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in Chicago Prize 2022. The application portal is now closed.


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We are no longer accepting applications for Chicago Prize 2022.

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Applications to Chicago Prize 2022 will be reviewed based on Chicago Prize’s core criteria – Team, Impact, Feasibility, and Leverage — by the Chicago Prize 2022 Advisors.

Check out the Practitioner Perspectives to hear from leading experts on how to apply these criteria to shape your applications and initiatives.


  • Does the team have the community-based leadership, development expertise, and program partners needed to successfully implement the proposed initiative?
  • Is there evidence of strong community involvement in the initiative’s development and operations?
  • Is the team leadership credible in the community and capable of leading this effort?


  • Will this initiative create significant and sustained economic impact in and for the community?
  • Will this initiative be catalytic in attracting additional investments in the neighborhood?
  • Does the community lead, its designees, or others in the community have an equity stake in the project or other path to wealth creation?


  • Does the team provide a credible plan for designing, funding, and managing successful construction of the project(s)?
  • Will the project be financially self-sustaining?
  • Is the lead project “investment-ready”?


  • Does the initiative effectively leverage the Chicago Prize grant to attract additional public and private investment?
  • How does the initiative leverage other investments in the community?



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