Main Street
Grants program

Elevating communities, enriching entrepreneurs and empowering economic opportunity in Chicago’s South and West sides.

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At Allstate, we believe in better for all. That's why, in partnership with community development corporations, we're offering a total of $1.6 million in capacity building grants to small and medium-sized businesses and nonprofits on Chicago's South and West sides.

Allstate is proud to partner with the following community development corporations to bring Main Street Grants to life, creating economic opportunity and generating jobs in our hometown of Chicago.

  • Build Bronzeville
  • Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation
  • South Shore Chamber Community Development Corporation
  • Women's Business Development Center

About Main Street Grants

  • Small and medium-sized businesses located in the following neighborhoods are invited to apply for Main Street Grants: Bronzeville, Greater Englewood, North Lawndale, Pilsen/Little Village, and South Shore.
  • Applications can be obtained through the neighborhood community development corporation (see links below) and should be completed in full by April 30, 2024.
  • Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the local community development corporation in partnership with Allstate. Winners will be selected in the month of June.
  • Grant awards will be officially announced in June.
  • Grantees will be eligible for pro bono services and additional benefits subject to availability.

Social impact

The Main Street Grants program is designed to foster community partnership by actively collaborating with local Community Development Councils. Through these strategic partnerships, we'll award $1.6M in grants to support small and medium-sized businesses, as well as nonprofits in five neighborhoods, ensuring that the economic benefits reach those who need them most.

By investing in these community cornerstones, we aim to inspire commerce, generate jobs, reward positive social impact outcomes and support the transformation of Chicago's South and West sides into hubs for economic development and renewal.

Additionally, our program addresses the wealth gap by empowering businesses owned by individuals from these neighborhoods. Through targeted support and resources, we strive to contribute to a more just and prosperous society for all.

Community partner neighborhood applications and official rules

Select a community partner below to access the official rules and application.

Eligibility

  • Eligible businesses must be located in one of the following five areas: Bronzeville, Greater Englewood, South Shore, North Lawndale, Pilsen/Little Village.
  • Women's Business Development Center and Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council will accept applications for both North Lawndale and Pilsen/Little Village. Applicants from these neighborhoods can submit only one application and must choose between WBDC or CMSDC.
  • Official rules for each community can be accessed by selecting a community partner above.
  • A nonprofit founder or business owner can submit only one application to the community partner organization tied to the geographic area where their business is located.
  • Grant selection criteria will be defined by each Community Development Corporation Partner and Allstate and may include: potential impact on the community, business credibility, alignment to support businesses in the community, and demonstrated need/use of funds.
  • All applications must be received by April 30, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. CT

Grant awards

  • A total of $300,000 in grant awards will be distributed in five neighborhoods for a total of $1.6M.
  • Depending on the neighborhood and need, as defined by the listed Community Development Partners, selected grant recipients will receive a total of $1,500 - $25,000. Check the Official Rules of your neighborhood Community Development Corporation for details.

Timeline and important dates

  • April 1, 2024: Grant application opens.
  • April 30, 2024 (11:59 p.m. CT): Grant applications close.
  • June 2024: Grant winners announced.