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Cubs Charities accepting applications for field improvement grants

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Cubs Charities is accepting applications for 2016 Diamond Project field improvement grants through June 3. Since 2014, Cubs Charities' Diamond Project has awarded nearly $1 million in grants to support 28 youth leagues and 18 capital improvement projects across Chicago. The Diamond Project, one of Cubs Charities' three signature programs, provides funds to nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations to expand opportunities for children to play baseball and softball and improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local baseball fields or indoor training facilities.

Earlier this month, Cubs Charities awarded program grants to support youth baseball and softball and honored 10 organizations leading capital improvement projects during a pregame ceremony at Wrigley Field.

"We are proud to partner with local organizations to share our vision in providing Chicago's children with access to baseball and softball facilities and programs, as well as help develop their skills and foster a love for the game," said Cubs Charities Chair Laura Ricketts.

Applications for this year's Diamond Project capital improvement grants can be found online at and will be accepted through Friday, June 3. Organizations may apply for funding ranging from $5,000 to $150,000 for field surfaces, indoor training amenities and general field and stadium support. Cubs Charities also will donate five scoreboards to local fields in partnership with Daktronics, the manufacturer of the video boards at Wrigley Field.

Cubs Charities will host an informational session about the Diamond Project Wednesday, May 4, at 10 a.m. CDT in the Audi Club at Wrigley Field. Interested nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations and schools in the Chicago area can email to attend.

Cubs Charities, with assistance from Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago, will review all applications and select local capital improvement projects to support through Diamond Project grants. For information on how to apply, please visit

Supporting the Diamond Project:

Net proceeds from MLB-authenticated, game-used and autographed Cubs memorabilia sold through Cubs Authentics will support the Diamond Project. Fans and collectors interested in supporting Cubs Charities through the purchase of Cubs Authentics memorabilia can currently find autographed baseballs, bats and jerseys from current players, coaches and alumni at

Past Diamond Project Grantees:

Capital Improvement Grants:

Academy for Urban School Leadership

Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council

Breakthrough Urban Ministries

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation

Canaryville Little League

Friends of Alcott

Friends of Amundsen

Mather High School/Park

Near West Side CDC

Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club

New Life Centers of Chicagoland

Perspectives Charter Schools

South Central Community Services

South Side Little League

Program Grants:

Athletes for Christ Association Youth Baseball

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 Baseball Association

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. (Rosemore Little League)

Near South Little League

Near West Side CDC

Oz Park Baseball Association

Roberto Clemente Little League

Roseland Little League

South Side Little League

Warren Park Youth Baseball League

Welles Park Parents Association

West Lawn Little League

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