Welcome to the West Side United Online Grant Application

Introduction to West Side United

West Side United (WSU) is an ambitious health equity effort by six hospitals (AMITA Health, Cook County Health, Lurie Children’s, Rush, Sinai Health, UI Health) working to reduce life expectancy gaps of up to 16 years between Chicago’s downtown and 10 West Side neighborhoods by 2030. WSU seeks to improve neighborhood health by addressing inequality in healthcare, education, economic vitality and the physical environment using a cross-sector, place-based strategy. Partners include healthcare providers, community organizations, residents, the faith-based community, business, government and others working together to coordinate investments and share outcomes. Visit westsideunited.org for more details.

Description of the Grant and How to Apply

WSU seeks to distribute $500,000 to West Side small businesses who are creating jobs and wealth in their neighborhoods. JP Morgan Chase, Northern Trust, and West Side United are providing the funds. Accion Chicago is serving as the fiscal agent for the program. West Side small business owners are encouraged to apply for between $1,000 and $30,000. Startup companies, or those with less than 6-months of revenue history, may apply for between $1,000 and $15,000. This application must be completed in one sitting. If you wish to see the application questions beforehand in order to prepare, please click this link: Preview of Application Questions. Please also refer to our Frequently Asked Questions: FAQs 


Applications must be received by October 31st.  Grant awards will be announced by December 15th.  Please contact info@westsideunited.org if you have questions about this grant.