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The Monroe Foundation is a publicly supported not-for-profit community and enterprise development intermediary. We seek to educate, link and fund community development projects within low-income communities in that State of Illinois.

The foundation supports small business start-ups and financing through lending partnerships with Marquette Bank, and US Bank. Our current supporters are Bank of America, Citibank, Marquette Bank, PNC Bank, US Bank, Field Foundation of Illinois, and Woods Fund of Chicago.

We also provide small business development seminars through the small business development “Boot Camp” Program, funded by a grant from Citibank.



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Bulletin 47/40 – Convening Discussion at Marquette Bank

Bulletin 47/40 – Convening Discussion at Marquette Bank

Over a dozen community activists participated in an April 7th Question and Answer and technical assistance session with Anna Lee of the Chicago Community Trust and Jessica Dudley of the Joyce Foundation, to learn about applying for grants up to $10,000 from the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities. Continue Reading