PYP Chicago has over $30,000 in grant money in 2021. The first prize grant will be $25,000 and will be awarded to the winning charity and the remaining money will be awarded to the second and third place charities. Each year grant amounts vary and are entirely dependent on how many members we have and how much we can raise through corporate matching. 100% of your $1,000 grant contributions will go to fund our grants.
Download the grant application form. Grant Request Forms should be submitted by March 15th 2021 and presentations will be made 6 weeks later at the annual pitch meeting. Voting takes place online two weeks after Pitch Night. The time between pitching and voting allows the pitching member to field follow-up questions. The winning charity will receive their check a week or so after voting. The entire process lasts approximately 10-12 weeks.
Pitches will be made by our Grant Champions to fellow PYP members at our annual Pitch Night – this may be entirely virtual (as in 2020) or ,if restrictions allow, will be in-person (with an option to join virtually). You may have written and/or audio visual materials which you have prepared, which include details about your organization, the project or effort for which you are seeking support and a process for monitoring the project if it’s funded. All pitches should be no more than 15 minutes. Representatives from the charity are not allowed to be present at the pitch, though they may help provide information, resources, or materials for you use in your pitch or handout to members. The PYP Chicago board will assist with your pitch preparation if needed.
Grant Request Forms are submitted March 15th 2021 and presentations are made around 6 weeks later at the annual pitch meeting on April 27th 2021. Voting takes place online two weeks after Pitch Night. The time between pitching and voting allows the pitching member to field follow-up questions. The winning charity will receive their check on or around a week after voting. The entire process lasts around 10 – 12 weeks.
All grantees must have 501(c)(3) status and grant awards must be used to directly support the local Cook County community.
Congratulations! Your charity will receive the money you secured directly from PYP Chicago. There is a monitoring process over the course of the year to make sure that the money goes where it’s supposed to and is used as presented. There is also a final report to detail the grant’s success and document that all funds were used as anticipated.
Grant winners need to wait two grant cycles/years before reapplying. If your grantee isn’t chosen to receive the annual grant, you can apply again in the next grant cycle.
Yes. We’ve set up this process based on what we think will work best; but if something isn’t working in practice, we’ll address it.