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June 3, 2024 – The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) is honored to announce The Shirley J. Newsome Beautification Grant Awards for 2024. The program aims to provide micro-grants to neighborhood organizations and groups to support beautification and revitalization projects that enhance the physical attractiveness and quality of life within Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, Washington Park and Woodlawn communities. Since 1999, the SECC has collectively granted more than $1,000,000 in beautification funds. For 2024, the Elizabeth Louise Smith Fund and private donors have bound together to graciously support this year’s project.

In 2023 the former Neighborhood Enhancement Grant was renamed the Shirley J. Newsome Beautification Program, in honor of SECC’s former Board Chair and community leader.

“The SECC has worked to build communities from the inside out with strategic micro-investments that impact not only the neighborhoods we serve but also the neighbors themselves. Ultimately, we are working collectively to attract additional investments to the community at large.” – Diane Burnham,
Executive Director

The SECC and Community Selection Committee are honored to announce eight community awards for 2024. 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:

Please contact SECC’s Program and Data Support Coordinator, Annie Anderson, to learn more about the 2024 Shirley J. Newsome Beautification Grant recipients and their projects.