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Diamond Project

Chicago Cubs Charities Diamond Project

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.

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

  • 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.

The application process for organizations interested in funding through the Cubs Charities Diamond Project is now closed.

For more information, contact diamondproject@cubs.com.

Cubs Charities is proud to announce the recipients of Diamond Project grants, which are designated to improve the quality and safety of local baseball fields throughout the Chicago area. The goals of the Cubs Charities Diamond Project are to expand opportunities for children to play baseball year-round, create or preserve green space in underserved neighborhoods, and to foster a love of baseball. The Diamond Project is intended not only to respond to the immediate shortage of playing fields, but also to build an infrastructure through partnerships and resident involvement that will sustain these open spaces for community use while increasing the number of kids playing baseball throughout Chicago.

With technical assistance from LISC Chicago, Cubs Charities has identified neighborhoods in need of new or improved baseball fields and facilities, each of which demonstrated a commitment to maintaining and using the space for youth safety and community programming.

Through the Diamond Project, Cubs Charities is awarding $330,985 to improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local baseball fields or indoor training facilities. The grantees for the 2014 Cubs Charities Diamond Project are:

  • Academy for Urban School Leadership in 16 Chicago neighborhoods is receiving a grant for indoor training amenities including pitching machines at five high schools and two 50-square-foot catching nets at 23 elementary schools.
  • Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council is receiving a grant for general field and stadium support at two fields in Davis Square Park, including four sets of bleachers, scoreboards, pitching mounds and bases.
  • Breakthrough Urban Ministries in East Garfield Park is receiving a grant for indoor training amenities, including retractable batting cages, a custom little league tarp system, two indoor pitcher's mounds, portable backstops, a pitching machine, and a hitter's template.
  • Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation in partnership with Wells Academy High School in West Town is receiving a grant to support the installation of a multi-purpose athletic field.
  • Friends of Alcott in Lincoln Park is receiving a grant toward the development of a baseball field at Louisa May Alcott Elementary School.
  • Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club in North Center is receiving a grant for indoor training amenities such as netting, tees, soft-toss pitching machines, mats, balls and pitchbacks.
  • Perspectives Charter School in Auburn Gresham is receiving a grant for indoor training amenities including an indoor batting cage, two pitching machines, a pitcher's protective screen and an indoor practice mound.
  • South Side Little League in Chatham is receiving a grant for general field and stadium support including benches, dugouts, resurfacing and extending one fields.