NEIGHBORHOOD GRANTS INITIATIVE OVERVIEW

Are there projects you and your neighbors could work on together to make your neighborhood look and feel even better?

We’re guessing the answer is yes, and that’s good news because as a West Pullman or Greater Grand Crossing resident, you may be able to bring your ideas to life with a Neighborhood Grant from Habitat Chicago.

Overview

This small-grants program awards direct funding to resident-led projects in West Pullman and Greater Grand Crossing; you dream up the idea, recruit your neighbors, and we’ll fund it.   

 

We think it’s important that projects enhance the look and feel of your neighborhood, but even more importantly, that you and your neighbors get to connect and envision your community’s future while carrying out your project. So, we're leaving the ideas up to you! After all, you know your neighborhood best. 

 

Project proposals can be simple and straight-forward, or creative and out-of-the-box. Curious to see what kind of projects your neighbors have done in the past? Check out some of the projects that have received funding through the Neighborhood Grants Initiative. 

 

Structure

Application Submission 

  • Get ready to apply by reading our Eligibility Requirements and Application Instructions. Once you have your project group and a project idea established, submit an application through our online submission page at least 1-2 months before you require funding (but no more than 4).

Decision Period

  • After you apply, Habitat Chicago will review your application and communicate a decision to you within 10 business days.

Grant Initiation

  • If your application is approved for funding, you and your project group members will set up a kickoff meeting with Habitat Chicago and sign a Grant Acceptance Agreement. Once you’ve launched your project, Habitat Chicago will deliver 80% of approved funding to your group. 

Individual Project Execution Periods

  • Once you’ve completed the initiation step, you will begin executing your project according to the timeline and budget you submitted with your application. Typical projects can take anywhere from 2-6 months to complete, depending on their complexity.

Project Closure and Final Reports Due

  • After you’ve completed your project, you will submit a final report to Habitat Chicago, including a final expense report and all correlating receipts. Once Habitat Chicago has reviewed and verified your report, we will deliver the final 20% payment as a reimbursement. 

 

Grant award amounts

Individual projects can generally expect to receive $500 - $1,200, but may fall under or above these amounts, depending on the actual costs of the project. The number of projects funded each year will depend on the quantity and scope of project applications we receive.

 

Eligibility 

If your project takes place in West Pullman or Greater Grand Crossing and plans to positively impact the physical and/or social aspects of the neighborhood, it may be eligible for a Neighborhood Grant. Visit our Eligibility and Requirements page for more detailed information. 

 

What are past participants saying?

“This grant program has awakened my spirit of community again” – Project Curb Appeal

 

“This grants program has one of the most publicly accessible, flexible, and quickest turnaround processes I’ve ever seen” – Project Grow Together Grow the Harvest

 

“These grants breathed life back into us to continue doing the work that we set out to do" – Project One Community Many Faces 

 

Get started

Interested in applying for a Neighborhood Grant? Get started by reading through our Eligibility Requirements and Application Instructions

 

Interest list

If you'd like to stay updated on the Neighborhood Grants Initiative, sign up for our program’s Interest List. Once you’re signed up, we will send you periodic application tips and reminders, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Interest List
 

 

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