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Diamond Project supported by Cubs Charities

Chicago Cubs Charities Diamond Project
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A thriving community is a healthy community - one that offers youth the chance to play, supports the civic spirit of sportsmanship, and embraces elders as coaches, mentors and allies. Local athletic fields make it happen.

The goal of the Cubs Charities Diamond Project is to expand opportunities for children to play baseball, create or preserve green space in underserved neighborhoods and to foster a love of baseball. Through the Diamond Project, Cubs Charities provides funds to non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations to support capital improvement projects that improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local baseball fields or indoor training facilities with the technical assistance of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago.

The Diamond Project is supported by Cubs Authentics, the premier outlet for all MLB authenticated, game-used and autographed Cubs memorabilia.

Cubs Charities Diamond Project grant resources fall into the following categories:

  1. Capital Improvement Grants:
    • Field Surface Grants: to help finance the resurfacing of baseball fields.
    • Indoor Training Amenities: to equip gymnasiums or facilities with amenities that will allow for indoor play and baseball skills training during the off-season.
    • General Field/Stadium Support: for capital projects not associated with the actual field.
    • Electronic Scoreboards: Daktronics outdoor LED baseball/softball scoreboards
  2. Program Grants: to expand opportunities for youth to play baseball/softball including equipment, uniforms, etc.

For non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations, and schools in the Chicago area, an informational session will be held Wednesday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. at the Audi Club at Wrigley Field. Please email diamondproject@cubs.com if you wish to attend.

The application process for Capital Improvement Grants only is now open through June 3, 2016. For more information, contact diamondproject@cubs.com.

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Since 2014, Cubs Charities has awarded nearly $900,000 in capital improvement grants to improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local baseball fields or indoor training facilities. Recent grantees include:

  • Academy for Urban School Leadership
  • Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council
  • Breakthrough Urban Ministries
  • Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
  • Cal Ripken Sr., Foundation
  • Canaryville Little League
  • Friends of Alcott
  • Friends of Amundsen
  • Mather High School/Park
  • Near West Side CDC
  • Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club
  • New Life Centers of Chicagoland
  • Perspectives Charter Schools
  • South Central Community Services
  • South Side Little League

In 2016, Cubs Charities awarded over $100,000 in program grants to youth baseball and softball organizations to support equipment costs and operations:

  • Athletes for Christ Association
  • AUSL Middle School Baseball
  • Blue Jays-Salvation Army
  • Brighton Kelly Little League Baseball
  • BUILD Peace League
  • Chicago Comets
  • Chicago Little League
  • Chicago Public League
  • Englewood Police Youth Baseball League
  • Future Entrepreneurs of America
  • Garfield Park Little League
  • Hamlin Park Association Inc.
  • Horner Park North-West Little League
  • Josephinum Academy
  • Kilbourn Park Little League
  • Little Village Little League
  • Little Village Summer Softball League
  • Ludeman Stingers
  • Lost Boyz Inc. (Rosemoor Little League)
  • Near South Little League
  • Near West Side CDC
  • Oz Park Baseball Assn.
  • Roberto Clemente Little League of Chicago
  • Roseland Little League
  • South Side Little League
  • Warren Park Youth Baseball League
  • Welles Park Parents Association
  • West Lawn Little League