Chicago Worldcon Community Fund

About the Fund
Apply for Assistance
Donate Money or Memberships
Thanked Contributors

About the Fund

The best thing about Worldcon is the people. Worldcon is an event where amazing, awesome people come together to create, to learn, to make, to do, and to participate with one another as we build our community together. 

This community becomes amazing when we are able to help as many people as we can join us. In reality, not everyone finds it financially easy to attend Worldcon. 

The Chicago Worldcon Community Fund (CWCF), inspired by the funds and initiatives that have come before, is here to facilitate bringing more people into our community. The CWCF is a special fund to help defray the expenses of attending Chicon 8 for the following groups of people: 

  • Non-white fans or program participants
  • LGBTQIA+ fans or program particpants
  • Local Chicago area fans of limited means

If you would like to learn more about the CWCF and how donations will be utilized, please head to our FAQ, below.

Apply for Assistance

Would you like to attend Chicon 8 but need assistance? Applications for both pay-what-you-can memberships and financial assistance are now available. We will distribute memberships and funds in waves, and anticipate our next round of approvals happening by the end of June based on applications received by June 15.

Donate Money or Memberships

Making a financial gift in any amount to the Chicago Worldcon Community Fund (CWCF) makes a huge difference! No gift is too small because it all adds up. On behalf of Chicon 8, we thank you for your generous support of the CWCF.

Please use the buttons below to make a pre-defined or self-defined contribution of money to the fund. Donations are processed through Stripe, the same as our registration system uses. Chicon 8 does not see or retain your credit card information.

Do you have a membership you can no longer use? If circumstances have changed and you will no longer be able to attend, you may donate your membership to the Fund instead. Please email the fund administrators to get the donation process started.

Fan Fund Donation

Donate $30, $50, or $100 to the fan fund.

Choose Your Own Fan Fund Donation

Donate what you want to the fan fund. The sky’s the limit!

Donations are processed through Stripe, the same as our registration system uses. Chicon 8 does not see or retain your credit card information.

Thanked Contributors

Our heartfelt thanks to all the contributors to the Chicago Worldcon Community Fund. Your generosity is deeply appreciated. Below are the contributors who requested their names to be published.

  • Fan Funds at DisCon III
  • Neil A. Ottenstein


How will funds from the CWCF be used?

Funds donated to the CWCF will be used to help defray the costs for applicants to the fund to attend Chicon 8. Applicants may use fund money to pay for membership fees, lodging costs, travel costs, or meals—whatever will help them most in being able to attend Chicon 8. 

Who can apply for the CWCF?

Individuals from the following groups can apply to the CWCF for assistance: 

  • Non-white fans or program participants: any individual who identifies as non-white from anywhere in the world. 
  • LGBTQIA+ fans or program participants: any individual who identifies as LGBTQIA+ from anywhere in the world. 
  • Chicago area fans of limited means: any individual who lives within a 120 mile radius of Chicago and has limited means may apply for the fund. 

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes! Chicon 8 is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. As such, your donation will be tax deductible. 

Can I get a tax receipt?

Yes! Any donation may receive a tax receipt. Please email your request for a receipt to

Will I be able to know exactly who my donation went to?

All funds given out by the CWCF will be confidential. We will provide general statistics and information about the awards given, but specific award information will not be made public. 

What if the CWCF has left-over money at the end of Chicon 8?

Any money leftover in the CWCF will be donated to a future Worldcon fund with similar purpose or to any other non-profit entity in fandom operating to help bring marginalized communities to Worldcon. 

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