This fund honors and celebrates the life and work of acclaimed historian and civil rights activist, Timuel D. Black, Jr. The Fund will support grantees with planning and capital projects in their effort to preserve and promote the history, culture, and architecture of Chicago’s South Side. 

These grants are intended to provide monetary assistance to preserve or protect significant structures or sites on Chicago’s South Side. Eligible beneficiaries of the Timuel D. Black, Jr. Fund are significant structures or sites on Chicago’s South Side that are under threat of demolition, in imminent deterioration, in need of stabilization, in need of structural or re-use evaluation, or need to be evaluated for landmark eligibility. The Timuel D. Black, Jr. Fund Grant Guidelines can be found at A project must be for the purpose of preserving through rehabilitation, restoration or adaptive reuse, all or part of an Eligible Structure or Site. A project may include one or more of the following services provided each service can satisfy the project conditions described in the Grant Guidelines: 

  • Engineering, architectural, and feasibility studies 
  • Stabilization 
  • Rehabilitation 
  • Legal services 
  • Surveys and National Register Nominations 


Grants are awarded from the Fund to planning, capital, and other projects related to the Fund’s purpose. Eligible applicants include nonprofit and community organizations, faith-based and educational institutions, municipalities, and, on rare occasion, private individuals and corporations. A 1:1 match of awarded grant funds is required. Grants range from $500 - $2,500. 

Grant Boundaries

The South Side is approximately defined as the following boundaries:

· South of Cermak Road;

· West of Lake Michigan;

· East of S. Ashland Avenue;

· North of the southern boundary of the city of Chicago.

Application deadlines: January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15. 

Suzanne Germann, Director of Grants and Easements
(312) 922-1742

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