Founders First
Job Creators Quest Grant - Chicago.

Creating an inclusive economy where Chicago's diverse business leaders
thrive, scale and create jobs.

Thank you for your interest in the Chicago Job Creators Quest Grant program. Applications are now closed. This is an annual grant and we are happy to notify you when the 2022 application window opens. Founders First CDC also offers other grant programs throughout the year, as well as webinars and accelerator programs you may find helpful as you continue to grow your business. Please look for emails regarding future events, or reach out to us at with any questions. We look forward to connecting with you soon!

Program Qualifications.

Registration for the Job Creators Quest Grant - Chicago has ended.

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The application deadline was April 30, 2021.  Please email us at with any questions about the Job Creators Quest Grant.

Founders First is committed to increasing the number of diverse founder-led businesses generating over $1 million dollars in revenues and creating premium wage jobs. 

The Job Creators Quest Grant provides eligible small businesses in the Chicago area the chance to win one of 10 grants totaling $30,000.

Grant recipients will be selected based on their demonstrated ability to maintain and grow their workforce despite the pandemic, as well as their ongoing commitment to creating premium wage jobs in their communities. 

This grant opportunity is paired with access to one of Founders First CDC’s stellar business accelerator programs at a reduced rate. Over
400 diverse-led small businesses have gone through Founders First programs to increase  revenue, profitability and team members.

Funding for this program was facilitated by a $1 million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation and support from The Chicago Community Trust through the Benefit Chicago Initiative, in conjunction with Founders First Capital Partners’ recent $9 million Series A financing led by The Rockefeller Foundation and the Surdna Foundation. Additional support is being provided by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC).


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