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Application Process

The Community Programs Accelerator will be announcing its 2019-2020 application in Summer 2019.

The application will be used to select organizations for the Accelerator's capacity building programs including:

  • Core, in which organizations receive funding along with intense, focused, and customized support over a period of up to three years
  • Associates, who receive general capacity building support from Accelerator staff and interns to help fulfill a core function through three to five relevant projects over the course of a year
  • Special Projects, through which organizations receive discrete technical assistance, through staff support and student engagement, to address a specific issue or project in one of four areas- including fund development, communications, program design and evaluation, and data and technology- over the course of 10 to 20 weeks.

In order to qualify for Community Programs Accelerator participation and grant funding, organizations must either be located in and/or deliver programming in one or more of the following communities: Douglas, Grand Boulevard, Greater Grand Crossing, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, South Shore, Washington Park, and Woodlawn. Organizations that directly or indirectly participate in or intervene in any political activities as determined under IRS regulations are not eligible to participate.

To receive updates on the application process and additional information on our programs,  please join our mailing list or reach out to our staff team at

Learn about the organizations currently participating in the Accelerator's programs here.