NEIGHBORHOOD GRANTS INITIATIVE

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 by applying for 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.   

Your project proposal can be simple and straight-forward, or creative and out-of-the-box. Here are some examples of projects that received Neighborhood Grants in 2019:

 

  • Traffic circle clean-up and landscaping

  • Community block parties

  • Basketball tournaments

  • Porch and home repairs

  • Community unity campaign

  • Solar yard light installations

  • Home awning power washing

  • Community garden initiative

  • Community wall art

  • Back to school drives

 

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. 

 

Apply for a grant directly or learn more and connect with like-minded neighbors at our pre-application community workshops. Grant applicants who attend the workshops receive priority consideration for the project period. 

 

Project Periods

We will run three project periods in the year, funding approx. $8,000 - $12,000 worth of projects per period. 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 period will depend on the quantity and scope of proposed projects received in each application period.   

2020 Schedule

Spring/Summer 
Workshop Date: February 15th, 2020
Applications Due: March 16th, 2020
Project Execution: April 1 – July 31, 2020


Fall 
Workshop Date: June 20th, 2020
Applications Due: July 20th, 2020
Project Execution: August 1 – November 30, 2020


Winter 
Workshop Date: October 17th, 2020
Applications Due: November 16th, 2020
Project Execution: December 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021

 

At this time we are encouraging residents within specific areas to apply for projects:

For West Pullman:

115th St to 122nd St, between Halsted St and Eggleston Ave

 

For Greater Grand Crossing:

Between E 71st St, South Chicago Ave and the Metra train tracks

Applicants outside of these areas are still more than welcome to attend our program workshop and apply for projects that impact the West Pullman and Greater Grand Crossing neighborhoods. 

 

Project Requirements

  • Your project must take place in the West Pullman or Greater Grand Crossing neighborhoods. 

  • Your group must submit a complete project application, including a project budget. 

  • Your project must affect the physical or social landscape of a group and/or area within the neighborhood. 

  • Your project must engage at least five neighbors. 

  • Your project should be completed by the end of the project period. 

  • Your project allows for a visit date from Habitat Chicago (e.g. event day, work day, block club meeting). 

  • Your project plans for and follows legal requirements if relevant (e.g. permits). 

 

Selection Prioritization

In the case that there are more project applications than funds available, selection will be based on the following:

  • Project(s) with the largest numbers of residents/households participating.

  • Project(s) that will show the most visual impact.

  • Applications that demonstrate a solid plan for on-time and on-budget completion.

  • Project groups that attend the pre-application workshop. 

  • Projects that impact our specified geographic focus areas (as specified above).

 

If your project is not chosen in one project period, it is possible for it to be selected for the next one and we will work with you to improve your chance of selection. 

 

Get Started

If you are interested in submitting a project application for the Neighborhood Grants Initiative, start by registering for an upcoming workshop. Attendance at these workshops is not required for program participation, but highly encouraged.  Workshops correspond with application and project periods. 

Event Calendar

Can’t make it to the workshop? Email neighborhoods@habitatchicago.org to receive a copy of the application. 

 

Interest List

If you'd like to be notified of future project periods, including workshop enrollment and application submission instructions, sign up for our Neighborhood Grants Initiative Interest List to receive email updates. 

Interest List

 

We can't wait to see what you have planned! 

 

 

 

 

 

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