The Bears announced today that applications are now being accepted for a $102,000 grant through the Community All-Pros initiative, which began in 2019 in honor of the organization's centennial season. Fans are encouraged to share the grant application information with non-profits that they are passionate about. Charities located within the Bears' market will be eligible. Applications can be submitted online at ChicagoBears.com/CommunityAllPros today through Oct. 18. Charities will be reviewed by an impartial internal committee and narrowed down to 10 finalists before a group of Season Ticket Holders selects the winner in December.
Last year, the Bears selected Devices 4 The Disabled (D4D) as the 2020 Community All-Pros winner; they received a $101,000 grant from the organization. D4D refurbishes used medical equipment that otherwise would end up in landfills and provides it to those in need for free, many of whom are people of color or living below the poverty line, to help them take back their lives.
In 2019, the Bears recognized 10 different local charities nominated by fans, who each received a $100,000 Bears100 Community All-Pros grant, for a total of $1 million in donations. Recipients included: Habitat for Humanity Chicago, Easterseals of DuPage & Fox Valley, Chicago Furniture Bank, Blessings in a Backpack, Hephzibah Children's Association, GiGi's Playhouse, Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, Cradles to Crayons, Cara and Center for Enriched Living.