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SECC Requests Project Proposals for Neighborhood Enhancement Grant

CHICAGO (June 8, 2020) – The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) is excited to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 2020 Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program with generous support of the Elizabeth Louise Smith fund and Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC).

While our nation and our great City face the repercussions of systematic racism and divestment in predominantly Black and brown communities, we believe the Neighborhood Enhancement Grants are more relevant than ever. Business and community disruptions mixed with personal threats and losses from COVID-19 this year remind us of how fragile life can be and the necessity to focus on quality of life.

This is a great opportunity for communities to work together, creating beautiful spaces and needed improvements in our South Side neighborhoods.

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.

– Diane Burnham, Executive Director for South East Chicago Commission

The SECC offers grants to neighborhood organizations and community groups to support beautification projects, enhance the quality of life, and improve local neighborhoods. The program is designed to enhance the physical attractiveness and walkability of the Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, Woodlawn, and Washington Park communities.

Applications for the 2020 Neighborhood Enhancement Grant are now being accepted. Grant awards are based upon the proposed project with a maximum grant amount of $4,000 per organization.

Proposed projects must:

• Be submitted online. Click here to a launch the application.
• Be highly visible from the street
• Be completed between August 1 – November 1, 2020
• 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. Proposal deadline is Wednesday July 1, 2020.

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

This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Grant, marking nearly $1,000,000 invested in local communities and thousands of local residents involved and affected by the South East Chicago Commission’s dedication to beautification, sustainability, and neighborhood improvements.

For more information, visit our Neighborhood Enhancement Grant page.