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! Our very first cycle of funding was awarded in April 2020. Check back for future opportunities!

Although YNPN Chicago proudly offers many affordable programs and events to our members, 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. 



  • Applications by current YNPN Chicago members will be given priority. Membership is not a requirement to apply. (Not yet a member? Join for only $25.)

  • 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.

  • Funds can be used retroactively to cover expenses incurred within 30 days prior to the application due date. Funding is not guaranteed.


Within the application, you will be asked to upload the following (in PDF format):

  • Current resume

  • Detailed, line-item budget that accounts for the amount requested from YNPN Chicago, any external funding (employer, etc.), and any remainder.

YNPN Chicago does NOT consider funding requests for:

  • YNPN Chicago memberships

  • Food and beverage expenses

  • Charitable contributions or board dues

  • Supplies (headshots, computers, business cards, etc.)


All grant recipients will be required to submit a final report on how the grant was used within 30 days after your funding opportunity has been completed. Reports will include a brief narrative, as well as proof of how funds were used (receipts, order confirmations, etc.). We also encourage you to write a blog post for the YNPN Chicago website about your experience using the grant funds. 

The Professional Growth Grant recipients will be announced on the YNPN Chicago website, e-newsletter, and other social media channels and may also be covered in local media sources. By receiving grant funding, you consent to your name, image, and details about how your grant was used to be shared in these channels.

In the event that the grant was used for purposes other than described in the grant application or the recipient fails to complete the final report and proof of how funds were used, the recipient shall promptly reimburse YNPN Chicago for the amount of such improperly expended funds. 

Have questions not answered here? Email us!

Please note: The YNPN Chicago Board of Directors and their immediate family members are ineligible for grant funding.

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