Seed Fund

 The Seed Fund supports new, emerging and small community-based organizations that are actively engaged in social change work. Funding is provided for general operating, start-up costs, or project expenses. The maximum grant in this program is $10,000.

Eligibility: Chicago area organizations with annual expenses under $300,000 which meet Crossroads Fund's Funding Criteria.

Opens: January 3, 2022

Closes: February 7, 2022


  1. Create an account or log in to Crossroads Fund's Online Grant Portal.
  2. Click APPLY in the upper menu.
  3. Type "Seed21" in the "Enter Access Code" box in the top right corner.
  4. The application will now be available. Scroll down to the lower right corner and click "Apply" to start the application.

Deadline: Seed Fund is not open until 2022

**Please note - we are no longer accepting paper applications. All applicants must use the Grant Portal linked above. If you have any questions on the new system, or on the application process in general, please email Lizette Garza at or call 773-227-7676.