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SECC Announces the Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program for 2016

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

South East Chicago Commission Announces the Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program for 2016 

CHICAGO (June 1, 2016) - The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) is delighted to announce a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the 2016 Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program with generous support from the Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference (HPKCC) and the Hyde Park Bank.  Since 1999, the program has offered funds to neighborhood schools, religious congregations, community organizations, park advisory councils, and block groups to support neighborhood beautification projects.

The SECC and our partners are excited to resume making grants for 2016 that assist eligible organizations with neighborhood beautification projects in the Oakland, Kenwood, Hyde Park, Woodlawn, and Washington Park communities. Each grant will be awarded based upon the proposed project, with a maximum grant amount of $3,000 per organization. Proposed projects must:

>Be highly visible from the street

>Be completed between July 1st, 2016 – October 1st,2016

>Physically enhance the neighborhood and build on the character and uniqueness of the community

>Strengthen civic pride and a strong sense of community

>Be sustainable     

Each proposal will be reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives from the community areas, the SECC and the HPKCC. Proposal deadline is June 15, 2016.

“This is a great opportunity for all of us to work together as community partners to improve the aesthetics of our neighborhoods, strengthen civic pride, and enhance the quality of our urban living,” said Wendy Walker Williams, Executive Director of the SECC.

Following are a few examples of how the community has benefited from previous Neighborhood Enhancement Grant awards:

Oakwood Boulevard Neighbors Association: Landscaping improvements on Oakwood Boulevard surrounding and connecting two churches (Oakland)

Urban Juncture: Landscaping and a new awning for much needed shade for the Bronzeville Bike Box on 51st & Calumet (Washington Park)   

William Hill Gallery: Enhancements to a botanical garden and paths in a vacant city-owned lot alongside the Metra at 64th & Dorchester (Woodlawn)

William H. Ray School: Landscaping, removal of dead trees and installation of new saplings on school property near playground areas (Hyde Park)    

For more information and to download RFP materials, please visit:

Please contact the South East Chicago Commission at 773-324-6926 or via email  at to learn more about this exciting opportunity.