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Cubs Charities Diamond Project

Chicago Cubs Charities Diamond Project
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An active community is a healthy community. It is one that offers youth the chance to play, supports the civic spirit of sportsmanship and encourages members of the community to become active in children's lives as coaches, mentors, caretakers and allies.

The goal of the Cubs Charities Diamond Project is to expand opportunities for children to play baseball and softball, create or preserve green space in underserved neighborhoods and to foster a love for the game. Through the Diamond Project, Cubs Charities provides funds and equipment to nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations to support baseball and softball leagues and capital improvement projects that improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local baseball fields or indoor training facilities.

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 support the following categories:

  1. Capital Improvement:
    • Field Surface Grants: Help finance the resurfacing of baseball fields.
    • General Field/Stadium Support: Capital projects not associated with the actual field.
    • Field Maintenance: Upkeep of Diamond Project locations funded in previous grant rounds.
    • Indoor Training Amenities: Equip gymnasiums or facilities with amenities that will allow for indoor play and baseball skills training during the offseason.
  2. Program: Expand opportunities for youth to play baseball and softball including operating expenses, marketing support, etc.
  3. Equipment: Provide youth and community members with baseball and softball equipment.

For nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations and schools in the Chicago area applying for a capital grant, an informational session will be held Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 10 a.m. CDT at the Audi Club at Wrigley Field. Please email diamondproject@cubs.com if you wish to attend.

The application process for grants is now open. For more information, contact diamondproject@cubs.com.

Apply for Capital Improvement Grant

Apply for Program Support

Apply for Equipment Donation

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Since 2014, Cubs Charities has awarded more than $1.7 Million in capital improvement grants to improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local baseball fields or indoor training facilities. Grantees include:

  • Academy for Urban School Leadership
  • Archer Manor Little League/Archer Park
  • Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council/Davis Square Park
  • James G. Blaine Elementary
  • Breakthrough Urban Ministries
  • Brighton Park Neighborhood Council/Kelly Park
  • Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation/Marquette Park
  • Canaryville Little League
  • Ford Heights Park District
  • Friends of Alcott
  • Friends of Amundsen/Winnemac Park
  • Friends of Eckhart Park
  • Garfield Park Little League
  • Josephinum Academy
  • Maplewood and Lucy Flower Advisory Council
  • Mather Park
  • Near West Side CDC
  • Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club/Revere Park
  • New Life Centers of Chicagoland/Piotrowski Park
  • Northwest Side Housing Center/Steinmetz High School
  • Perspective Charter Schools
  • Rogers Park Business Alliance/Loyola Park
  • South Central Community Services
  • South Side Little League/Cole and Tuley Parks
  • Warren Park Youth Baseball
  • Welles Park Youth Baseball

In 2016, Cubs Charities awarded more than $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