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Amount: Up to $4,000 per student for cultural/educational travel programs

Description: The Crystal fund provides grants up to $4,000 per student to support extended cultural or educational experience “away from home”.

Eligibility: The Crystal Fund provides grants up to $4,000 per student to support extended cultural or educational experiences “away from home”. Grants are limited to youth from the Chicago area aged 13 to 19 years from financially impoverished family situations, and with good academic standing.

Application Deadline: No application deadline. However, you must apply at least six (6) weeks before your travel date.


Invest For Kids grants are targeted to support local organizations that (1) service Chicago-area children in need; (2) have an annual operating budget (excluding government or agency funds) of approximately $1-3 Million; and (3) have been in existence for three years.

Applications must be completed by March 31, 2019 in order to be considered for a 2019 grant.

Please direct application-related questions to


Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) Youth Services Prevention and Intervention Mentoring Programs RFP

The City of Chicago, Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) seeks qualified and interested organizations to become mentoring program provider agencies.

The DFSS mentoring program seeks to ensure that at-risk youth who live in high crime and high homicide communities receive the support they need to remain in and graduate from high school and engage in pro- social behavior. The mentoring program will provide high quality mentoring to youth in grades 6th through 12th in 36 communities throughout the City of Chicago.

DFSS seeks to fund programs that are curriculum-driven, trauma-focused and/or include a conflict resolution lens and employ a cohort approach that consists of 12-15 youth. The program must minimally operate throughout the school year with the option of twelve-month programming. Recruitment will focus on youth who are academically off track, have low school attendance, have 1-3 in school disciplinary infractions, limited police involvement and/or heightened exposure to violence.

For more information, please refer to the application posted on the City of Chicago’s eProcurement page.


For those who have not done business with the City of Chicago before, registration in iSupplier is the first step to ensuring your agency’s ability to conduct business with the City of Chicago and DFSS. Please allow five to seven days for your registration to be processed.

Current contractors need only to start an application via their existing iSupplier/eProcurement account.

All vendors must have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) and an IRS W9 for registration and confirmation of vendor business information.