Neighborhood Enhancement Grant

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QUALITY OF LIFE

NEIGHBORHOOD ENHANCEMENT GRANT

The Neighborhood Enhancement Grant program is an initiative administered by the South East Chicago Commission (SECC) and sponsored by the Elizabeth Louise Smith fund, Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC), Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference, Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) and Hyde Park Bank (Wintrust). The SECC awards grants to neighborhood organizations that support beautification projects to enhance the quality of life in our neighborhoods and allow us to work together as community partners for the improvement of all our areas.

The program is designed to enhance the physical attractiveness of the Hyde Park-South Kenwood, North Kenwood-Oakland, Woodlawn, and Washington Park communities. Since 1999, SECC has collectively granted more than $500,000 in beautification funds.

NEG PROJECTS

The SECC provided grant assistance to neighborhood block groups, community organizations, school groups, park advisory councils and other organized groups with their beautification projects. Proposed projects are required to:

  • Be highly visible from the street
  • Be completed within a six-month time frame
  • 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

NEG SPECIAL PROJECTS

For 2019, in partnership with Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC), two special projects will be selected that are located within a ½ mile of the Greenline CTA stations at 51ST Street, Garfield or Cottage Grove.

Proposed projects are required to:

  • Be implemented within a ½ mile radius of one of the eligible CTA stops
  • Be aimed at improving walkability from the CTA stop to community-defined everyday destination(s)
  • Be completed within a six-month time frame
  • 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

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NEG APPLICATION 2019

The SECC is excited to announce this year’s Neighborhood Enhancement Grant.  Grant submissions are reviewed and considered based on the strength of the proposal and the breadth of potential community impact.   View PRESS RELEASE.

 Interested organizations should:

  • Prepare all required files, photos, renderings, and details in advance.
  • Submit the grant application online by Friday June 14, 2019 (extension).
  • Plan to complete projects between June 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019.

Each proposal will be reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives from the community.

Project Submissions Received 2018
999
Maximum Grant Award Amount
Communities Served

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