Chicago Neighborhood Opportunity Fund logoMayor Rahm Emanuel announced that applications for $2.5 million in Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grants will be available starting today. Launched earlier this year, the initiative generates funding from downtown development projects to support neighborhood commercial corridor growth on Chicago’s south, southwest and west sides.

“This second round of investments will support even more neighborhood entrepreneurs on Chicago’s south, southwest and west sides,” Mayor Emanuel said. “By linking growth downtown directly to growth in our neighborhoods we can create jobs and new community amenities and ensure the entire city of Chicago thrives for generations to come.”

The applications will be available at and are due on Dec. 22, 2017.

In June, the Mayor announced the first round of $3.2 million in funding through the program, which is going to 32 businesses across the city, including a vegan restaurant in Chatham, a plant nursery in North Lawndale and an art gallery in West Humboldt Park.

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