Nonprofit Capacity Building – Phase 1


Nonprofit organizations play a fundamental role in creating more equitable and thriving communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has left many nonprofits experiencing financial hardship. During the pandemic, nonprofits across Chicago saw an increase in the demand for their services without an increase in their financial and operational capacity to meet that higher demand. Nonprofits operating in low-to-moderate income areas and those with budgets less than $1M were disproportionately impacted, with many seeing decreased revenue and increased costs and have not yet fully recovered.   

To ensure a strong recovery for our City’s nonprofits, the City of Chicago has created the Nonprofit Capacity Building Program. This program will provide technical assistance and capacity building services for disproportionately impacted nonprofits, helping to stabilize and scale their operations.  

Programming concluded in December 2023. See below to view recordings of past webinars and summits.

The Nonprofit Capacity Building Program will offer participants direct access to partner organizations that can help with Application Assistance. The goal of Application Assistance is to provide frequent, in-depth training and one-on-one coaching on specific topics for disproportionately impacted nonprofits seeking to apply for Recovery funding and grow their organizations. This individualized aid will be crucial to nonprofits that may be new to the City’s RFP system or feel overwhelmed by the application process.  This programming is open to all nonprofits, but specifically geared toward established organizations that are nearly ready to enter a partnership with the City of Chicago and those that need assistance with their existing contracts (contract execution, vouchering, reporting, etc.) 

This program is part of the Chicago Recovery Plan, the City’s plan to amplify once-in-a-generation federal funding to create an equity-based investment strategy to catalyze a sustainable economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about this Program and BACP’s Recovery Plan efforts, please visit    

Keep an eye on this website for future nonprofit capacity building opportunities.  

List of  Nonprofit Capacity Building - Phase 1 Grantees