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 initiatives

  • 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 multiple 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

Summer/Fall*
Applications Due: October 30th (rolling deadline)
Project Execution: July 7th – November 30th, 2020

*Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we have combined two project periods into one. For more information, email neighborhoods@habitatchicago.org or scroll down to Get Started to learn more. 


Winter 
Workshop Date: October 17th, 2020
Application Submissions: November 16th , 2020 - Feb 28th, 2021 (rolling deadline)
Project Execution: December 1st, 2020 – March 31st, 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 aspects 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

Get started by visiting our application page, where you'll find an instructional video, resources, and the application itself. 

The Application

 

Interest List

If you'd like to be notified of future project periods, workshop dates and any updates made to the program, sign up for our Neighborhood Grants Initiative Interest List.

Interest List

 

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

 

 

 

 

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