in News by

CHICAGO (June 6, 2022) – The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) is pleased to announce seven 2022 Neighborhood Enhancement Awards. The Neighborhood Enhancement Grant program is an initiative administered by the SECC and sponsored by the Elizabeth Louise Smith Fund, Small Business Advocacy Council’s (SBAC) Neighborhood Revitalization Coalition and individual donations. 

The SECC awards micro-grants to neighborhood organizations to support beautification projects that enhance the quality of life, work together as community partners and enhance the physical attractiveness of the Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, Washington Park and Woodlawn communities. Since 1999, the SECC has collectively granted more than $1,000,000 in beautification funds. 

“This is a great opportunity for all of us to work together as community partners to improve the aesthetics of our neighborhoods, strengthen civic pride, and enhance the quality of our urban living.”

Diane Burnham, Executive Director of the SECC

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 the South East Chicago Commission via email at to learn more about the 2022 Neighborhood Enhancement Grant awardees and their projects.