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Diamond Project

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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 Charities 50/50 Raffle and 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 manage implementation): Application deadline: May 15, 2020

  • 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: Application deadline: February 21, 2020

  • 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 $7.9 million to fund 73 improvement projects and more than $560,000 in program grants to 59 youth baseball and softball programs to support operations (* denotes capital and program grantee).

Grantees include:

  • Academy for Urban School Leadership*
  • Ada Park Advisory Council
  • AFCA - Athletes for Christ Association*
  • Archer Manor Little League/Archer Park
  • Austin Good Neighbor Youth & Police Baseball
  • B.I.G. Baseball Academy*
  • Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council/Davis Square Park
  • Bartlett Little League Challengers
  • The BASE Chicago*
  • Blue Jays-Salvation Army
  • Breakthrough Urban Ministries*
  • Brighton Kelly Little League Baseball
  • Brighton Park Neighborhood Council/Kelly Park
  • Bronzeville Little League & Softball
  • BUILD Peace League
  • Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation/Marquette Park
  • Canaryville Little League
  • Carver Park Advisory Council
  • Chicago Comets
  • Chicago International Charter School (CICS)
  • Chicago Little League
  • Chicago Mudcats Sport and Social Club
  • Chicago Public League
  • Chicago Westside Police and Youth Sports Conference
  • Children First Fund for Lindblom Park
  • CHIP/Dvorak Park Little League
  • Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
  • Dunham Boys Baseball Organization*
  • East Side Little League
  • Englewood Police Youth Baseball League
  • Evanston Baseball Softball Association for Foster Park
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Ford Heights Park District
  • Friends of Alcott
  • Friends of Amundsen/Winnemac Park
  • Friends of Eckhart Park
  • Future Entrepreneurs of America
  • Gage Park Baseball and Softball Association
  • Garfield Park Little League*
  • GROWCommunity
  • Hamlin Park Association Inc.*
  • Horner Park North-West Little League*
  • Hyde Park Kenwood Legends*
  • Jackie Robinson West Little League
  • James G. Blaine Elementary
  • Josephinum Academy*
  • Kells Park Community Council
  • Kennedy High School Sandlot Baseball Program
  • Kerry Wood Cubs Field
  • Keshet Buddy Baseball
  • Kilbourn Park Little League
  • Little Village Little League
  • Little Village Summer Softball League
  • Lost Boyz Inc./Rosemoor Little League and Softball
  • Lou Collier Baseball Association
  • Loyola Park
  • Ludeman Stingers
  • Maplewood and Lucy Flower Advisory Council
  • Mather Park
  • Mayfair Park Advisory Council
  • Morgan Park High School
  • Mozart Park Advisory Council
  • Mozart Park Baseball
  • National LISC
  • Near South Little League
  • Near West Side CDC Little League - Giants*
  • Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club/Revere Park
  • Nettelhorst Baseball Club
  • 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
  • Omega Delta Youth Baseball and Softball League*
  • Our Lady of Tepeyac High School
  • Oz Park Advisory Council
  • Oz Park Baseball Assn.
  • Perspective Charter Schools
  • Pullman Recreation Center
  • Read-Dunning Park
  • Roberto Clemente Little League & Softball League of Chicago
  • Rogers Park Business Alliance/Loyola Park
  • Roseland Little League
  • South Central Community Services
  • South Side Little League*
  • Warren Park Youth Baseball League*
  • Washington Park Advisory Council
  • Welles Park Baseball and Softball Association*
  • West Englewood Tigers
  • West Lawn Little League
  • West Side Sports Youth Development
  • Willye B. White Park Advisory Council
  • Wrightwood Little League Baseball*

Since 2017, Cubs Charities, in partnership with Good Sports, has donated equipment valued at $342,000 to youth baseball and softball organizations.

  • Bell Park Baseball Association
  • Better Boys Foundation Family Services
  • B.I.G. Baseball Academy
  • Bridgeport Little Major League Baseball Club
  • Canaryville Little League
  • Chicago Altgeld Steele City Baseball
  • Chicago Engelwood Little League
  • Gage Park Baseball and Softball Association
  • Garfield Park Little League
  • Jackie Robinson West Little League
  • Lou Collier Baseball Association
  • Midway Baseball Association
  • Near South Little League
  • Near West Little League
  • Omega Delta Youth Baseball Inc.
  • Oriole Park Baseball Association
  • Pilsen Athletic League
  • Roberto Clemente Little League
  • Shabbona Park Little League
  • Teamwork Englewood