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Diamond Project

An active community is a healthy community. It offers youth the chance to play while supporting sportsmanship and encouraging members of the community to become active as coaches, mentors, caretakers and allies.

The goal of the Diamond Project is to expand opportunities for children to play baseball and softball, create or preserve green space in underserved neighborhoods and to foster a love for the game. Through the Diamond Project, Cubs Charities provides funds and equipment to nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations that support baseball and softball leagues and capital improvement projects that improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local baseball fields or indoor training facilities.

The Diamond Project is supported by Cubs Authentics, the premier outlet for all MLB authenticated, game-used and autographed Cubs memorabilia.

Cubs Charities Diamond Project grant resources support the following categories:


1. Capital Improvement: (Cubs Charities partners with LISC Chicago to vet capital requests and manage implementation)

  • Field Surface Grants: Help finance the resurfacing of baseball fields.
  • General Field/Stadium Support: Capital projects not associated with the actual field.
  • Field Maintenance: Upkeep of Diamond Project locations funded in previous grant rounds.
  • Indoor Training Amenities: Equip gymnasiums or facilities with amenities that will allow for indoor play and baseball skills training during the offseason.

2. Program:

  • Expand opportunities for youth to play baseball and softball including operating expenses, marketing support, etc.

3. Equipment: (Cubs Charities partners with Good Sports to vet equipment requests)

  • Provide youth and community members with new baseball and softball equipment.

Since 2014, the Diamond Project has invested more than $7.3 million to fund 60 capital improvement projects, 45 youth programs and new sports equipment across Chicago. Grantees include:

  • Academy for Urban School Leadership
  • Ada Park Advisory Council
  • AFCA Youth Baseball League/Dawes Park
  • Archer Manor Little League/Archer Park
  • Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council/Davis Square Park
  • B.I.G. Baseball Academy
  • The BASE Chicago
  • James G. Blaine Elementary
  • Breakthrough Urban Ministries
  • Brighton Park Neighborhood Council/Kelly Park
  • Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation/Marquette Park
  • Canaryville Little League
  • Carver Park Advisory Council
  • Children First Fund for Lindblom Park
  • Evanston Baseball Softball Association for Foster Park
  • Ford Heights Park District
  • Friends of Alcott
  • Friends of Amundsen/Winnemac Park
  • Friends of Eckhart Park
  • Garfield Park Little League
  • Hamlin Park Baseball Association, Inc.
  • Horner Park North-West Little League
  • Josephinum Academy
  • Kells Park Community Council
  • Kerry Wood Cubs Field
  • Loyola Park
  • Maplewood and Lucy Flower Advisory Council
  • Mather Park
  • Mayfair Park Advisory Council
  • Morgan Park High School
  • Near West Side CDC
  • Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club/Revere Park
  • New Life Centers of Chicagoland/Piotrowski Park and La Villita Park
  • The Noble Network of Charter Schools for Hermosa Park
  • Northwest Side Housing Center/Steinmetz High School
  • Oz Park Advisory Council
  • Perspective Charter Schools
  • Pullman Recreation Center
  • Read-Dunning Park
  • Rogers Park Business Alliance/Loyola Park
  • South Central Community Services
  • South Side Little League/Cole and Tuley Parks
  • Warren Park Youth Baseball
  • Welles Park Youth Baseball
  • Willye B. White Park Advisory Council
  • Wrightwood Little League for Hayes Park

Since 2016, Cubs Charities awarded more than $300,000 in Program Grants to youth baseball and softball organizations to support equipment costs and operations.

  • AUSL Middle School Baseball
  • Bartlett Little League Challengers
  • B.I.G. Baseball Academy
  • Blue Jays-Salvation Army
  • Breakthrough
  • Brighton Kelly Little League Baseball
  • BUILD Peace League
  • Chicago Comets
  • Chicago Little League
  • Chicago Public League
  • CHIP/Dvorak Park Little League
  • Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
  • Englewood Police Youth Baseball League
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Future Entrepreneurs of America
  • Garfield Park Little League
  • GROWCommunity
  • Hamlin Park Association Inc.
  • Horner Park North-West Little League
  • Hyde Park Kenwood Legends
  • Josephinum Academy
  • Kilbourn Park Little League
  • Little Village Little League
  • Little Village Summer Softball League
  • Ludeman Stingers
  • Lost Boyz Inc./Rosemoor Little League
  • Near South Little League
  • Near West Little League
  • Nettelhorst Baseball Club
  • Our Lady of Tepeyac High School
  • Oz Park Baseball Assn.
  • Roberto Clemente Little League of Chicago
  • Roseland Little League
  • South Side Little League
  • Warren Park Youth Baseball League
  • Welles Park Parents Association
  • West Lawn Little League
  • West Side Sports Youth Development

Since 2017, Cubs Charities, in partnership with Good Sports, donated more than $190,000 to youth baseball and softball organizations.

  • Better Boys Foundation Family Services
  • B.I.G. Baseball Academy
  • Canaryville Little League
  • Chicago Altgeld Steele City Baseball
  • Garfield Park Little League
  • Jackie Robinson West Little League
  • Lou Collier Baseball Association
  • Midway Baseball Association
  • Near West Little League
  • Oriole Park Baseball Association
  • Pilsen Athletic League
  • Roberto Clemente Little League
  • Shabbona Park Little League
  • Teamwork Englewood