2018 Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Projects
CHICAGO (April 16, 2018) – The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) is delighted to announce a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the 2018 Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program with generous support from the Elizabeth Louise Smith Fund, Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference (HPKCC), Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) and the Hyde Park Bank, A Wintrust 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.
“By working together, we can build community from within the community. The power of partnerships can help the neighborhood thrive and create safe places and spaces for everyone to enjoy.” said Diane Burnham, Executive Director of the SECC.
For 2018, the SECC announced that there will be a special project awarded in Memory of Stephen J. Albert, the former Executive Director of the Court Theater, who passed away this past year. For the past three years, the Court Theater has been one of the SECC’s in-kind sponsors of the Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program.
The SECC and our partners are excited to resume making grants for 2018 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 $4,000 per organization.
Proposed Projects Must
- Be located in Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, Washington Park, or Woodlawn
- Be highly visible from the street
- Be completed between June 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018
- 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