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Crossroads Fund supports grassroots groups working for racial, social and economic justice in the greater Chicago metropolitan area (including Northwest Indiana, which we define as the area between the state border and Gary, IN. If you have any questions about our catchement area, please email

We prioritize groups who are:

  • Working for Social Change: organizing community members to examine and challenge the underlying causes of their problems and conditions
  • Cross-Issue Organizing: working with an understanding of the connectedness among the various people and issues that make up the whole community
  • Grassroots Leadership: involving the people who are directly affected at all levels of the organization – in planning, organizing and leading, and working to continue building leadership within the grassroots community

We prioritize proposals from historically marginalized communities, and we look for work that is collaborative, risk taking, and strategic. We fund groups with budgets under $300,000, and look for organizations with diverse funding sources. We accept proposals from groups without 501c3 status as long as they have a fiscal sponsor or organizational bank account.

For more info about our grantmaking, see our funding criteria and priorities, as well as the pages for our grantmaking programs:

For more information about submitting a proposal, contact Joanna Preston at or 773-227-7676