Review the rules and requirements for the Chicago Prize to confirm your interest and eligibility prior to registering and submitting your application.


Review the rules and requirements for the Chicago Prize to confirm your interest and eligibility prior to registering and submitting your application.

Thank you for your interest in the Chicago Prize (the “Competition”). The Competition is sponsored by the Pritzker Traubert Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (the “MacArthur Foundation”) with platform support provided by RAMPIT. Please know that by participating in this Competition and in accordance with these Rules you are eligible to receive various forms of recognition and a possible award from the Pritzker Traubert Foundation of $100,000 as a Finalist and $10 million as the Award Recipient. The Rules governing this Competition ("RULES") are stated here as an extension of the Terms & Conditions ("TERMS") for use of this website. The full TERMS are available for your review by accessing them on this website. The RULES constitute "Competition Terms and Conditions" under Clause 2.3 of the TERMS. Capitalized words used but not defined in the RULES have meanings given to them in the TERMS.

Please read these RULES and the TERMS carefully, as they describe the conditions under which you are allowed to participate. As you participate, you may periodically be asked to recognize your acceptance of these RULES and the TERMS by clicking "accept" at various pages on this website, but by continuing any use of this website you expressly consent to all of these RULES and the TERMS. 



1. Eligibility

The Pritzker Traubert Foundation welcomes applications from lead organizations that are US-based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations or entities that have a recognized legal existence and structure under applicable law (State, Federal or Country) and that are in good standing in the jurisdiction under which they are organized. Lead organizations must be based in the United States or its territories. Organizations in the following categories are eligible organizations and may submit proposals as the lead organization:

  1. An organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code ("IRC") that has received a tax determination letter from the IRS.
  2. A private foundation under section 501(c)(3) of the IRC that has received a tax determination letter from the IRS.
  3. A public college or university under section 501(c)(3) of the IRC that has received a tax determination letter from the IRS.

Proposed initiatives must take place in, and benefit residents from, Chicago’s south or west sides to remain eligible. Chicago Prize grant funds must be used primarily for construction or revitalization of physical assets of a selected initiative.

All potential applicants are strongly advised to review and complete the Chicago Prize Assessment Tool in order to confirm eligibility and fit for the Prize. Applicants who are not able to respond affirmatively to most of the questions listed within the tool are not likely to move on to Evaluation Panel review. 

Lead organizations are welcome to partner with for-profit companies, foundations, schools, colleges and universities, government agencies, and other entities in order to implement the initiative. Teams may include experts and partners based outside Chicago. Teams should also include individuals/organizations with a strong and successful track record of leading similar neighborhood initiatives to revitalize physical spaces at scale. 

2. Ineligible persons or entities

Individuals, for-profit entities, and organizations that are not based in the United States or the United States Territories are not eligible to apply.

Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations requesting Chicago Prize funding for an initiative that takes place outside of Chicago's south or west sides are not eligible to apply. 

Employees of the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, RAMPIT, The Common Pool, LLC, and any of their subsidiaries and affiliates, and immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such employees, are not eligible.

3. Guidance Related to Non-Charitable Applicants 

Grant funds will be awarded only to 501(c)(3) organizations and will be used solely for charitable purposes and will not result in private benefit to other people, organizations, or entities other than incidental benefit that is a necessary byproduct of the accomplishment of the charitable purpose.

4. Financial and Organizational Capacity

All applicants must demonstrate their financial and organizational capacity to carry out the proposed project and to appropriately manage any Grant Award.

5. Treatment and Use of Intellectual Property

Each application should reflect the anticipated ownership, use, and licensing of any intellectual property. You represent and warrant that your Entry is an original work created solely by You, that You own all Intellectual Property in and to the Entry, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the Entry, except as expressly identified by You to us in writing in Your application. You retain all right, title and interest in any inventions, software or work of authorship You invent or create. The ownership and use of intellectual property arising from this competition remains with You. 

6. Prohibited Use of Award Funds

Grant Award funds must be used for the project for which they are awarded, and may not be used: 

7. Grant Agreement

The successful applicant or Grantee will be expected to enter into a grant agreement with the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, containing key terms and conditions which are separate from these RULES and TERMS posted on this Website for this Prize.

Before any offer of a grant agreement is made, organizations proposing to work together must demonstrate through a fully-executed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or other similar agreement, executed by all parties, that a single eligible entity or organization will serve as the grantee and will have direction, control, and supervision of the proposed project and management of all grant funds and reporting requirements. NOTE: Each grant agreement governing the use of Awards may vary, depending on the nature of the project and the organization receiving the Award.

8. Reporting

Any Grantee who enters into a separate grant agreement to receive funding will be required to report progress towards milestones and other goals. Those reporting requirements may vary, based on the organization and the project. However, it is likely necessary that a minimum of one financial report per year and one narrative report per year may be required.

9. Other Rules

9.1 Your application must be in English.

9.2 You must complete registration to participate in the Competition. Individuals representing an applicable organization must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry to participate by representing an applicant organization. You cannot reside in nor be governed by countries that are prohibited by law, regulation (including United States or other applicable export laws and regulations), treaty or administrative act from entering into trade relations (including export of technology) with the United States of America or its citizens.

9.3  Your Entry should meet the application requirements stipulated on this website. You are required to register in advance of any deadlines for the submission of an Entry, and You must comply with all other deadlines posted on this website. Your Entry may not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of Competition Sponsors and/or RAMPIT, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. Competition Sponsors reserve the right to cancel, modify or suspend Competition in whole or in part without liability to You. Competition Sponsors and/or RAMPIT also reserve the right to disqualify You from participating.

9.4  By participating in the Chicago Prize, You represent, warrant, and agree that:

  1. You are the sole author, creator, and owner of the Entry;
  2. the Entry is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim;
  3. the Entry does not and will not violate or infringe upon the intellectual property rights, privacy rights, publicity rights, or other legal rights of any third party;
  4. the Entry does not and will not contain any harmful computer code (sometimes referred to as "malware," "viruses" or "worms"); and
  5. the Entry, and Your use of the Entry, does not and will not violate any applicable laws or regulations, including, without limitation, applicable export control laws and regulations of the United States and other jurisdictions. If the Entry includes any third party works (such as third party content or open source code), You must provide the Competition Sponsors with all appropriate licenses and releases for such third party works. In the event You cannot provide all such required licenses and releases, the Competition Sponsors reserve the right, in the Competition Sponsors’ sole discretion, to disqualify the applicable Entry.

9.5 You may participate by registering, but You may not register more than one true and uniform identity; multiple registrations for a participant using multiple identities are not allowed. Competition Sponsors and/or RAMPIT reserve the right to disqualify any Entry made by a participant violating this limitation, regardless of whether all of the respective parties had knowledge of such violation. Each registrant may submit at most one Entry.

9.6  The application requirements for your Entry are clearly described on this website. Your Entry will be assessed initially by five reviewers, who will be assigned to score your Entry either randomly or after considering any potential conflicts of interest, using the scoring rubric and any other judging criteria that are also described on this website. In cases where a Judge indicates any potential conflict of interest, the Entry will be assigned to another Judge. Those Judges, each of whom is named on this website, will be responsible for scoring your Entry. The judging criteria are to be applied in the sole discretion of the Judges. By participating in the Chicago Prize, You acknowledge and agree to be bound by the final decision of the Judges.

9.7  Once a rank order of Entries has been calculated, up to four (4) top Competitors will be named as Finalists. The Finalists will each receive a planning grant of $100,000 to participate in a planning and preparation phase to present their proposed solution at an Event for the opportunity to receive the $10 million grant by Spring 2020. Finalists will be asked to prepare additional materials in advance or upon the date of the event or shortly thereafter. If a Finalist is unable to attend the Charette, then they may forfeit their designation as a Finalist, and the next Competitor in the rank order of Entries may be named a Finalist in their place. 

9.8  The Selection Committee will determine the Award Recipient using judging criteria that may not incorporate the same scoring rubric employed by the previous assessment.

9.9  While RAMPIT, LLC (“RAMPIT”) is providing an online platform for your participation, RAMPIT is not responsible for the payment of any Award(s). Payment of any Award(s) is the sole responsibility of the Pritzker Traubert Foundation and its designees, and under the TERMS each participant has agreed to look solely to the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, as the Competition Sponsor, for the payment of any Award.

9.10  By submitting your Entry, you agree to release, discharge and hold harmless the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, The Common Pool, LLC, and RAMPIT and their partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors and representatives from any Loss arising out of your participation in Competition and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any Award(s). Neither the Competition Sponsors, The Common Pool, LLC, nor RAMPIT assume responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Competition entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. Neither the Competition Sponsors, The Common Pool, LLC, nor RAMPIT are responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to competitors’ or any other persons’ computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to this Competition. In the event of a dispute about the identity of any Competitor, an online registration will be declared as if made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry.

9.11  THIS COMPETITION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Competitors agree that this Competition shall be subject to and governed by the laws of the United States of America and the forum of any dispute shall be in the courts of the United States of America.

9.12  If for any reason the Competition is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, Trojan horses, denial of service, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of RAMPIT that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Competition, RAMPIT reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Competition. If Competition Sponsors and/or RAMPIT terminates the Competition, it will not retain any rights in the submitted Entries.

9.13  The Competition Sponsors reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any Competitor who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Chicago Prize, to be acting in violation of these RULES or the TERMS, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Chicago Prize, or to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person.

9.14  Entry into the Chicago Prize does not constitute entry into any other Pritzker Traubert Foundation competition, MacArthur Foundation competition, RAMPIT competition, or promotion that may be offered by the Competition Sponsors and/or its affiliates.

9.15  Competition Sponsors and/or RAMPIT reserve the right to disqualify any participant who violates these RULES, the TERMS and any standards of behavior expressed or implied in them.

9.16  The names of the Finalists and Award Recipient will be posted on this website for such period of time as the Competition Sponsors deem reasonable.

Contact Information:

You may contact us with any questions or comments about these RULES. Please enter Chicago Prize in the subject line of your email. You may reach us at: [email protected].