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

We want you to be proud of the area you live in and our small grants may give you the chance to make improvements that your entire neighborhood can enjoy. 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. A few past project ideas include landscaping, window boxes, block signs, house flags, power-washing, fence or porches repairs, painting, or lighting. We think it’s important that projects enhance the look 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 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.   

 

2019 Schedule

Summer (May - July) 

Workshop Date: April 13 

Applications Due: May 3 

 

Fall (August - November) 

Workshop Date: July 13 

Applications Due: August 12 

 

Winter (December - March) 

Workshop Date: November 2 

Applications Due: December 2

 

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. 

  • Attendance at the pre-application workshop (at least one group representative). 

  • Submission of a complete project application. 

  • Projects are designed to affect the physical or social landscape of a group and/or area within the neighborhood. 

  • Projects engage at least five neighbors. 

  • Projects have a planned completion date within the project period. 

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

  • Projects plan for and follow 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.

  • 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, please register for an upcoming workshop. Attendance and participation at the pre-application workshop is required to be able to apply for the program in each project period.  

 

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

 

 

 

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