Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives revitalizes underserved and distressed urban neighborhoods like Pullman, Bronzeville, and Englewood. CNI leverages resources through place-based strategies to drive economic activity and transform these communities into places where more people want to live, work, recreate and do business.


CNI is excited to announce Round 2 in the State of IL Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) $25 million Rebuild Distressed Communities grant program will start on Monday, Dec. 21. CNI and LISC are working with DCEO to help reimburse small businesses for the cost of repairs for structural damages suffered from the civil unrest on or after May 25, 2020.  For work yet to be completed, CNI and LISC will partner with local contractors and pay for them to perform the work.

Illinois businesses can submit new grant applications from Dec. 21, 2020 to Jan. 21, 2021. For additional information about the program and application, please click below.

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Total Jobs Created in 5 Years

Small Businesses Receiving $2,000,000 in Microloans

Million in New Markets Tax Credit Loans to Community Facilities

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