The Aspen Forum releases the Chicago/Cook County Pathways to Careers Fund Request for Proposals


The Pathways to Careers Fund seeks to create, accelerate, and expand innovative career pathways to improve job placement and retention for opportunity youth. The Fund builds on the work of the 100,000 Opportunities Demonstration Cities and seeks to deepen efforts already underway in Chicago/Cook County.

Applicants to the Pathways to Careers Fund must be 501(c)(3) organizations such as CBOs, community college programs, workforce system organizations, or adult education programs; eligible applicants may include partnerships among these providers, but must include at least one employer partnership. In most cases, the Pathways to Careers Fund award amounts will range from $25,000 to $100,000. One time grants of up to 24 months will be awarded in May 2017.

Download the Chicago/Cook County Request for Proposals and Pathways Fund Application Cover Sheet.

Chicago Pathways to Careers Fund Cover Sheet

Chicago Cook County Pathways to Careers Fund RFP

The Aspen Forum held an informational webinar about the Pathways to Careers Fund – Chicago/Cook County on January 23, 2017. To view the recording from the webinar, please visit:

The presentation deck is available as well:

Pathways to Careers Fund Chicago Informational Webinar