Chicago: Sports-Based Youth Development / Ending Youth Homelessness / Health

Prince Charitable Trusts

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $50,000

Deadline: Jan 15, 2019 3:00pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University Government Entity Hospital / Clinic Elementary / Secondary School

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Cook County, Illinois

Location of residency: Cook County, Illinois

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The Prince Charitable Trusts supports a broad array of services to keep the city of Chicago vibrant and enhance the quality of life of its citizens.

Areas of Interest

Sports-Based Youth Development

In 2009, at the suggestion of a trustee who had experienced the benefits of sports participation in his own life, Prince Charitable Trusts (PCT) began a pilot grantmaking program to fund youth sports organizations. PCT’s funding interest ran parallel to the emergence of Sports-Based Youth Development (SBYD), a field that combines the expertise and best program elements from youth development, mentoring, athletics and physical fitness, and academic enrichment.

The SBYD organizations that PCT supports:

  • Promote physical and emotional well-being 
  • Support youth as they develop positive identities, learn to negotiate challenges, and build confidence to pursue new opportunities
  • Provide instruction in skills related to at least one specific sport
  • Foster an age-appropriate and positive environment when competition is part of the program
  • Train coaches and program staff to deliver a consistent program model or curriculum and build positive relationships with youth
  • May provide or connect participants to academic supports and/or help them access higher education.

Typically, SBYD grants range from $10,000 – $30,000. See SBYD FAQ.

Ending Youth Homelessness

Ending Youth Homelessness is a strategic priority of The City of Chicago’s plan to end homelessness, Chicago’s Plan 2.0. Its stated goal is to “create a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate menu of services for youth who experience homelessness in order to prevent homeless youth from becoming the next generation of homeless adults.” In support of this important goal, and in keeping with its commitment to serving the most vulnerable individuals in Chicago, Prince Charitable Trusts is focusing its emergency services work on ending youth homelessness.

Funding will support:

  • Organizations that provide shelter to homeless youth as well as services that prepare them to live independently 
  • Organizations that provide direct assistance to youth experiencing homelessness to help them meet needs such as staying in school, accessing health services, and finding and keeping jobs.


The Prince Charitable Trusts’ Health Program supports projects that improve morale among health care providers in hospitals and community-based medical settings. Projects should respond to immediate or emerging needs identified by staff that, once addressed, would improve morale by building capacity to provide quality care.

The focus may be individual units/departments or organization wide. 

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  • The Trusts make grants only to charitable organizations that are exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are classified as public charities under Sections 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2).
  • The Trusts’ Chicago program only funds organizations within the city limits of Chicago.
  • Sports-Based Youth Development:
    • PCT considers established SBYD organizations serving primarily disadvantaged youth to be those that:
      • Have operated at least three years 
      • Have at least one professional program staff person in addition to paid administrative staff
      • Have access to appropriate equipment and facilities
      • Serve a consistent group of school-age youth in most or all of its programming
      • Provide at least 90 minutes of programming per week for at least 20 weeks of the school year
      • Deliver services to a program population in which 75% or more of youth have family incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty level or in schools where 75% or more of students are eligible for free and reduced price school lunch.


  • Health: Priority is given to morale proposals that will result in better health outcomes for low-income children and youth in Chicago.


  • The Trusts do not fund projects that promote or proselytize any religion.
    • While we do fund the projects of faith-based organizations, those projects must be secular in nature.
  • The Trusts do not fund organizations that discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, race, color, creed, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any veteran’s status.
  • Health: Health funding must go toward specific morale projects and cannot be used for general operating expenses such as ongoing staff salaries.

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