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2020 Neighborhood Enhancement Grant

CHICAGO, IL. (July 2020) – The Neighborhood Enhancement Grant program is an initiative administered by the South East Chicago Commission (SECC) in partnership with the Elizabeth Louise Smith Fund, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference (HPKCC). 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 to enhance the physical attractiveness of Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, Woodlawn, and Washington Park communities. Since 1999, SECC has collectively granted more than $1,000,000 in beautification funds.

For 2020, in partnership with the CDPH and the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC), two special projects were selected to activate areas located within a ½ mile of the Greenline CTA stations at 51st Street, Garfield Boulevard or Cottage Grove Avenue. The SECC announced that the Washington Park Chamber of Commerce 58th St. Playlot Revival and the YWCA Y Women Grow Urban Farm have been selected for the special project award for 2020.

The SECC and our partners are committed to improving the quality of life in the southeast lakefront   neighborhoods through impactful beautification projects and we could not be more pleased with the response from the community and proposals submitted this year.

– Diane Burnham, Executive Director for South East Chicago Commission

The grant selection committee, comprised of community members from the five footprint neighborhoods, selected the following community groups for the strength of their proposals and the breadth of potential impact:

Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago Grant Selections:

For more information, visit our Neighborhood Enhancement Grant page.