While a few urban shopping cart races existed before CHIditarod began in 2006, it was Chicago that pioneered the philanthropic aspects of such an event. First, we created a food drive (raising more than 209,770 pounds to date), then added fundraising, created our own 501(c)(3), and finally began an annual grant program to fund local non-profits fighting to end hunger. Our program has one cycle a year, opening in early summer and closing in late fall.
What Have We Granted?
- $31,000 in 2018 to 8 local nonprofits.
- $26,500 in 2017 to 9 local nonprofits.
- $25,000 in 2016 to 8 local nonprofits.
- $25,000 in 2015 to 5 local nonprofits.
- $25,000 in 2014 to 7 local nonprofits.
- $20,000 in 2013 to 4 local nonprofits.
The 2018 grant competition has concluded. The 2019 competition will open approximately May 15, 2019. Look here for more updates.
2019 Grant Timeline
- July 1 – Deadline for initial nominations (remember, you can nominate yourself)
- July 15 – Finalists are notified and continue to the second round of the application process
- August 15 – Deadline for full applications from award finalists
- September – Grants Announced
- Is recognized by the IRS as 501(c)(3) organization, or has a written agreement of fiscal sponsorship from a 501(c)(3) organization
- Operates in the metropolitan Chicagoland area
- Is in good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State
- Is registered with the Illinois Attorney General
- Operates programs focusing on:
- Innovative educational opportunities
- Building partnerships with other organizations and policy-relevant leaders engaged in local issues
- Health nutrition or creative work on some aspect of food
- Innovation to address challenges to food access and availability
We are particularly interested in organizations whose mission is related to alleviating hunger, addressing food insecurity, and/or improving the lives of the public through education, food or hunger relief in the metropolitan Chicago area. Smaller, community-led organizations are especially encouraged to apply.
After initial applications close, we select and contact grant recipient finalists. Proposals will be evaluated by board members of the CHIditarod Foundation. Finalists will be required to submit a detailed proposal within several weeks of notification. The following materials are required if you are selected as a finalist:
- A project description of not more than 1500 words, that describes the aims, impacts, and practical details of your proposal
- A budget of no more than $5,000 with a written budget justification
- Your c(3) determination letter (or fiscal agent’s determination letter and letter explaining the relationship)
- Your most recent annual report
- Your most recent financial statement
The CHIditarod Foundation grant recipients must agree to (1) provide a narrative report on or before May 1, approximately 7 months after the awards are granted, and (2) provide joint press release and promotion regarding your organization’s receipt of funding from the CHIditarod Foundation.
Applicants may directly submit their proposals or be nominated by a third party.
To Apply Directly
Deadline: July 1, 2019
CLICK HERE to access the initial application for the 2019 grant cycle. Complete our application form, selecting “Applying Directly” for Question 1. Include contact details for the not-for-profit (mailing address, point of contact, phone number and email address).
Deadline: July 1, 2019
CLICK HERE to access the initial application for the 2019 grant cycle. Complete our application form, selecting “Nomination” for Question 1, and provide the remaining information.