Help Us Award $1 Million to Charities

Help Us Award $1 Million to Charities

As part of the celebration of our 100th season, the Chicago Bears are looking to recognize and support non-profit organizations around Chicagoland and Illinois that matter most to our fans.

During the 2019 season, the Bears will recognize 10 Community All-Pros each with a $100,000 grant, totaling $1 million.

Community All-Pros are non-profit organizations that continue to make a positive impact on the Chicagoland area and the state of Illinois in a variety of ways - from issues like the environment, hunger, animal welfare, to social justice and beyond. Everyone knows an organization doing meaningful work.​

Click here for the grant rules. Contact communityallpros@bears.nfl.net for more information.

Know a Deserving Non-Profit?

Is your non-profit interested?

When will you start taking submissions?

Monday, April 22, 2019

When will you stop taking submissions?

Friday, May 31, 2019

Can fans nominate a charity?

Yes. Fans can fill out the nomination form and an e-mail notification will be sent to your favorite charity encouraging them to apply.

Does the organization have to be a 501(c)(3)?

Yes. Organization must be a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Does the organization have to be local?

Yes. The organization must provide their programs or services in Illinois or within the Chicago Bears’ HMA (75 miles from the city of Chicago). All organizations must be registered with the Office of the Illinois Attorney General and compliant with the State’s reporting requirements.

I work for a non-profit with multiple locations or chapters, how does my location/chapter apply?

We will only award one grant per Tax ID number. If your organization shares a Tax ID number, please coordinate internally to put forth only one application be accepted for consideration.

Can my school's foundation apply for a grant?

Schools, educational institutions and their affiliated fundraising entities and foundations (including elementary, secondary and universities) are not eligible to apply. Fiscally sponsored schools are not eligible.

What if my charity has already received a grant or donation from the Chicago Bears?

Any charitable organization who has received over $25,000 from the Chicago Bears, Bears Care and/or any related entity from March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019 is not eligible to apply.

Do you accept requests for capital project funds?

Yes, however, submissions will be limited to capital projects totaling no more than $500,000. We will also take into consideration where the fundraising currently stands.

Do you accept submissions from charities who solely award scholarships?

No. We will not accept submissions from charities that only award scholarships.

Will charities run by corporate partners of the Chicago Bears be eligible to apply?

No. Any charitable entity of a current Chicago Bears corporate partner is not eligible.

Will current and former player charities be eligible to apply?

No. We will not accept submissions from any current or former player foundations.

How will the ten winners be determined?

Nine of the winners will be selected by an internal committee at the Chicago Bears. The tenth and final winning charity will be voted on by the fans.

How many charities will the fans get to vote on for the final spot?

Fans will have the chance to vote for three charities to secure the tenth and final spot.

When will the winners be notified?

Nine of the ten winners will be notified on Monday, July 15, 2019. The last winning charity voted on by the fans will be announced the week before our last 2019 regular season home game.

Fan Nomination Form

Let a deserving non-profit know about Bears Community All-Pros. Fill out the form below and we will send the email letting them know how they can apply.

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