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South, West Side Business Owners Can Now Apply For $250,000 Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Grants

Applications for grants of up to $250,000 are open through Nov. 6. They're for entrepreneurs and non-profits on the South and West sides.

Ivonne Cruz was supported by the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund to build six art studios in the new DragonFLY Gallery earlier this year.
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CHICAGO — The city is now accepting applications for grants of up to $250,000 to help entrepreneurs on the South and West sides.

Applications for Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grants will be accepted through Nov. 6. The grants are available to entrepreneurs and non-profit groups that want to start or expand their work, according to the Mayor’s Office.

The grants can be used for construction, buying land, renovations and more, so long as the project will build up a commercial corridor on the South or West sides. Grants of up to $250,000 will be available.

To find out if your project is applicable and to apply, go to the fund’s website.

The city will host informational webinars to help applicants: one at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in English and another at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Spanish.

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