We understand that creating change takes time, so investments are structured with timeframes that make sense.
We meet the needs of the unconventional borrower with customized terms.
We understand your business needs and provide guidance throughout the process.
with a clear mission, social impact, and a sound model that are looking to grow or expand
that amplify their mission with a strong financial model
that fund small businesses or nonprofit community development ventures
Includes a range of investment structures, such as loans, equity investments in funds, loan participations, and pay-for-success transactions. Capital can be used in a variety of ways to strengthen your enterprise and grow your impact.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The minimum amount for a loan or investment is $500,000, and applicants must have:
A focus on underinvested communities or populations in the Chicago region
A location in Chicago or the surrounding six-county area
An anticipated measurable, positive impact on community or entrepreneurial wealth-building, job creation, or skills development.
The ability to repay the loan or provide a return on the investment
Connecting patients from under-resourced communities on the South and West sides of Chicago with the medical care and relationships they need.
Providing loans and advisory services to small businesses so they can create jobs and revitalize communities in South Shore, Lawndale, and Maywood.
Providing meaningful employment for adults with autism in the Chicagoland region.
Creating sustainable local employment and wealth in East Garfield Park by producing and selling high-quality fresh produce year-round.
Raising funds that are invested through community-based organizations throughout Chicago by acting as a community development intermediary.
Providing job training to community residents who have had difficulties finding gainful employment.
Supporting nonprofit-sponsored community facilities projects, from affordable housing to community centers, through real estate development and consulting.
Revitalizing Chicago’s economically challenged neighborhoods, particularly in the Pullman community
Get in touch and be part of the impact.
Send us a message or give us a call.
Gather materials. You must have:
a. Governing Documents (Bylaws, LLC Agreement, Charter, etc.)
b. Tax Letter confirming Public Charity Status (if applicable)
c. CDFI Certification (if applicable)
d. Key management bios or resumes
e. Board and committee rosters
f. Audited or management prepared financial statements
Click ‘Start Application’, create an account, and answer questions about your organization and the purpose for which you are seeking capital through our online application portal. Upload basic information, like your annual report, audits, and business plan.
We will be in touch within 14 days to discuss your status and next steps, including referrals to other capital providers if warranted. If eligible, we will ask you for additional information to learn more about the request.
If your organization qualifies, the underwriting and approval process can take from three to six months, depending on the nature of the application.
If you’ve been approved….
You will receive a letter of commitment and work with our staff to complete the transaction.
If you’ve been denied…
We will direct you to sources of capital that more closely address your needs, if possible.