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Interested in this year’s Growth Grant? Check out what 2021 recipient Sara Shanley had to say


In November 2021, I completed Kellog’s course, Leading Innovation in Nonprofits. This has gotten me a step closer to earning my Scholar Certification in Nonprofit Leadership. Over the course of four days, I collaborated with other non-profit leaders to learn how to build an innovative culture and solve complex problems by thinking outside of the box. I also learned how to use constraints and barriers to my advantage when building new projects. Finally, I learned about the different roles necessary to build an innovative team which is invaluable information to me as a non-profit leader.


I am excited to use this newfound knowledge in my work. Given the current pandemic, my colleagues and I must innovate daily to continue meeting the needs of the young people in our programs. The financial support that YNPN provided has not only impacted me, but also my colleagues and Urban Initiatives’ young people. Thank you for your support.


Curious about the grant? Learn more here:


Professional Growth Grant

YNPN Chicago proudly provides many affordable programs and events to our members and network. We recognize there are many other opportunities for young professionals to further their careers within Chicago’s nonprofit sector. Most nonprofit organizations have limited professional development budgets, and emerging leaders may not have access to funds for training, conferences, and other opportunities that are vital to career advancement. YNPN Chicago is offering a grant opportunity for individuals who are committed to enhancing their professional development to make a positive impact within the Chicago non-profit community.


YNPN Chicago awards individual grants of up to $500 to current YNPN Chicago members and our network for professional development opportunities such as conference attendance, class and workshop fees, membership to professional associations, and more! The next cycle of funding has a deadline of Friday, April 1, 2022.



Current Funding Cycle:
  • Application Deadline: April 1, 2022

  • Notification to Applicants: April 29, 2022

  • Final Report Due: 30 days after your funded opportunity is completed

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Only one funding request is permitted per person, per cycle.

  • The Professional Growth Grant program awards a maximum of $500 to an individual per calendar year.

  • A complete application including all required documents must be received by 11:59 pm CT on the day of the deadline for consideration.

Application Components:

Applications by current YNPN Chicago members will be given priority. Membership is not a requirement to apply. (Not yet a member? Join today.)


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